Nothing like a deliciously good food fight! Not the kind you wear, but a competition between local restaurants in the Mahoning Valley. Click on the photo to read The Vindicator article.
By Don Johnson
On a Saturday Albuquerque evening, BURGERGUYZ of New Mexico paid a visit to Pete’s Frites. Pete’s is an up and coming burger stop in Nob Hill that serves nothing but burgers and “frites”, a Belgian style French Fry. There is one grilled cheese option and a grilled cheese children’s meal for the non-meat eaters.
The staff at Pete’s Frites is incredible proud of their limited menu. When not busy, they will tell you just about anything you would want to know about the 5 cuts of New Mexico sourced beef that are ground and blended on site to make their burgers. The frites are hand cut and triple cooked on site. And, the topper is the selection of in house made specialty sauces and a fry sauce.
The menu is posted next to the counter where one places their order. Since there is nothing else to order but the hamburger, several opted for the “Diner” double patty, others opted for the “Diner” single. Cheese choices; Cheddar or American. Add green chili! The combo comes with, guess what… the frites! You are not asked for doneness as every burger is cooked to their specification.
Don’t be in a hurry, this is not fast food. But, when your food arrives, you’ll find it worth the wait. The burgers arrived, open faced, on a paper covered rectangular platter. The buns heal sported the cheese covered patty, the crown sported our selections of lettuce, onion, and tomato. A huge serving of frites and your sauce choices accompany the burger.
While the burger had a well-done appearance, we were surprised at how juicy it was. The loosely packed patty conveyed a mild beef flavor. The texture was awesome. The bun was fresh and had a nice “squish” to it, but was sturdy enough to hold together for the duration of the meal. The frites? You will find them unbelievable. The triple cooking process produces an extremely crisp exterior and an incredibly soft interior. The serving size on the combo is easily enough for 2 and probably up to 3 people.
Sometimes, simple, and minimal is best. Pete’s Frites exemplifies this. 2 items on the menu, a small assortment of flavor enhancing sauces. Locally sourced, antibiotic and hormone free beef. Fresh, on site ingredients. Pow!
**Beer and wine coming soon.
Burgerguyz of New Mexico score: 4.7 out of 5. We need a little room at the top just in case there’s something better. But that’s gotta be an out of this world burger.
3407 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
With less than four weeks until the Badurik’s Butcher Block Cheeseburger Challenge, there has been another major shake up. The BURGERGUYZ 2016 Burger of the Year award recipient, Fire Grill BBQ, has closed. It is reported that the Girard restaurant, that has been closed since Monday, January 9, was having financial problems. That opens the door for the next in line to compete, StoneYard Grill and Tavern of Niles. The tournament kicks off on February 8th and should take about a month until the final match between the top Mahoning County cheeseburger against the best from Trumbull County.
The 2017 Badurik’s Butcher Block Cheeseburger Challenge field of competitors is set, but not without a last minute Mahoning County shake-up.
After hundreds of comments on Facebook, burgerguyz.com and by email, Bogey’s Bar & Grill (Lowellville) is the clear choice for the last vacant slot in “The Meat 16,” which is slated to kick off on February 8th. To us, (BURGERGUYZ), Bogey’s is burger royalty and we are ecstatic that they will be in the tournament again. Last year they were eliminated in round 1 due to a miscommunication/misunderstanding, but this year, Chef Mel is confident and ready to fire up the grill!
Unexpectedly, we received a message from one of last years 2nd round losers, stating they did not want to enter their burgers. We can only speculate why, but that opens up another slot which we went to our message pool and selected The Village Pump (Canfield).
Welcome and congratulations to Bogey’s Bar & Grill, The Village Pump, and Big D’s Newton Grill on being voted into this tournament by the people of the Mahoning Valley for having “the best burger!”
Good luck to all of this year’s competitors and may the best burger win!
Congratulations to Big D’s Newton Grill on being selected as the final Trumbull County entrant in the Badurik’s Butcher Block Cheeseburger Challenge that begins next month. Big D’s loyal patrons got word of the challenge and flooded, (…and I do mean flooded!), the BURGERGUYZ with messages of endorsement. The tournament, dubbed the “Meat 16,” has 8 Trumbull County eateries battle it out in a play-off format with the finalist facing-off against the winner from 8 Mahoning County eateries. Now, just one slot remains vacant. If you have a favorite Mahoning County burger let us know and give them a shot at the 2017 Cheeseburger Challenge Cup and CHEESEBURGER GLORY!!
Preparations have begun for the 2nd Cheeseburger Challenge which will begin February, 2017. The tournament, dubbed “The Meat 16,” is sponsored in 2017 by Badurik’s Butcher Block. It pits 16 restaurants from Mahoning and Trumbull counties against each other in a Sweet 16 type bracket. The 2016 champ, Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, defeated the Trumbull County bracket winner, Just Fred’s in an exciting finale judged at The Vindicator by WFMJ TV 21 anchor Mike Case, 93.3 The Wolf DJ Fast Freddie, and The Vindicator editor, Todd Franko. As in the first tournament, we have chosen 14 restaurants (7 Mahoning, 7 Trumbull) from our list of places that we’ve reviewed. If a 2016 entrant had a first round victory, other than by forfeit, they are automatically invited back. This means we have some new spatulas vying for trophy and bragging rights! It also means we still have two slots open, one from each county. Let us know which restaurants need to be in this tournament! Comment here or on Facebook or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.