Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Five Guys vs In-N-Out battle!

 Five Guy's Burger Homemade vs. In-N-Out Burger!

We tried this copycat recipe the other end to celebrate the end of Cincinnati Burger week 2019!

In a battle of burgers, Five Guys wins nationally. The East Coast burger sensation claimed the top spot in a 2017 brand report from Harris Poll, based on input from over 100,000 consumers.

In-N-Out, a cult favorite on the West Coast, held the title for the previous two years and has long been considered Five Guys' top rival. The burger chain recently announced it's opening a distribution center in Colorado, which could allow it to expand further east. All stores must be located close to these hubs because of the company's strict policy of serving its food fresh.

Five Guys has grown with it fame and fans. It has over 1,500 locations worldwide, while In-N-Out has about 300 locations across 7 states.

With their rivalry heating up between them my wife and I decided to give them a homemade taste-test, I've had both burgers more than once at their locations and I know how good both are and how they taste.   Here's are our results and we thing we made near perfect copycat recipes.

Here are the Copycat Recipes we used found online, we followed them down to the smallest detail!

Five Guys Burger Recipe
80-20 Beef Made into 3.5 oz. Patties
Stack 4 Patties high
on wax paper, then smash them flat.
cook on a grill & get a nice black finish to the patties

Grill some chopped onions
Sesame Seed buns - toasted

sliced deli American cheese - melt onto the beef patties while on the grill
To build the burger: 
3 rings of Ketchup on bottom bun
2 rings of mustard on top of ketchup

top those with the grilled onions

on the top bun put on it
5 pickles - spread out
2 slices Tomatoe
place both patties on the bottom bun on top of everything.
wrap in Foil.

The in & out Burger - Double Double, animal style

The Spread

Mix this together-
2 tblsp. Mayo added to 2 tblsp Ketchup
2 tblsp. sweet relish - 1 half tsp sugar
1 half tsp White Vinegar

Heat some oil in skillet

Mince 1 whole onion - pour in skillet of oil
add a little water when it dries out, cook until it turns into a paste like substance.

Arnold Brand buns - or a Good White Bread Buns
Put in over at 400* for 2 minutes to darken the bun.

2 - 2oz. 80-20 Patties flattened thin, season with Kosher salt & pepper on both sides.

Cook Patties on a griddle oiled on griddle, you want a dark black crust on the patties
Cover the top uncooked part of the patties with Mustard.

after the bottom cooks, flip the patties with the Mustard on them.

Place 1 slice American Deli Cheese on top of each patty.
Use a metal cheese topper to melt the cheese, then let cook a bit longer, then place to the side when done.

brush some oil on top of the area where the burgers cooked, don't worry about the Mustard & cheese left on the grill, just brush on the oil.

Toast the buns on the oil, put a pretty good toast on them, with a little black & brown color.
put the sauce you made on the bottom bun.

Place 4 pickles on bottom bun on top of sauce
1 slice tomatoe
1 good slice lettuce
1 patty,
Top with the Browned/carmelized onions.

Top with the last patty - Slice of Cheese

Add the Bun Top.   Wrap in Wax paper

The Homemade In-N-Out Burger Animal Style!
                The Five guys Burger!

Dunlap Cafe

Our 89th Review

Official Review #89  

                                1926 Dunlap Street, Cincinnati, Ohio                                                                45214-2308


Mon    7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue     7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed    7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu     7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri      7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat      8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun    Closed

Definitely, a Local what would be called watering hole, Breakfast is served all day and you must try the Goetta.

This is a bar near Findlay market and Rheingeist, located 1 block west of Rhinegeist Brewery entrance.
 It's a small place that is primarily a bar, and a GREAT dive bar!

Is it a Hidden GEM?  YES, It's definitely a hidden gem!

The Henrietta

A fresh ¼ pound of ground beef seasoned and grilled with your choice of either cheddar or swiss cheese.
Then dressed in lettuce, tomato, mayo and pickle on a grilled brioche bun that can take it.

The Henrietta is what I ordered, it was their Burger week 2019 entry.

Sometimes you discover the best experiences where you least expect it and that's the case with the Dunlap Cafe, I don't know how many times in over 35 years I've driven past this place and never stopped, now that I've tried it out, I wish had found it years ago as I would have returned many times in all those years, you never know what your missing out by not trying these small local places.

They're are known for breakfast and lunch and generally close by 7pm, during burger week last week, we were coming back from other places we tried in Blue Ash 1 night me and another member of our burger review group, and I remembered the name on the list, so we stopped in to try it out.

 The Burger and fries were excellent and since my wife has not been able to attend my Burger week reviews, and I had been bringing her home many burgers this week, she wanted Chicken, so I saw the parmesan chicken hoagie on the menu and she said was Fabulous and would eat that again anytime, I tried it and agree, an excellent chicken sandwich! She also tried and loved the burger and fries.

The 1st one was good, I wanted to try just a cheeseburger, so I ordered the Deluxe Cheeseburger, The service was great and the food was fantastic.

Lettuce and tomato were all fresh and the cheese had a very good flavor to it.

Final Thoughts:  This is a great Burger and I would recommend it to anyone, it's definitely top 10 and maybe top 5 on our list. try it out.

Final Review:      8.9* (Exceptional-Must try it!)

Next Tasty Review:  Slatts in Blue Ash! 

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Best Burger of 2016

Breaking Gabby's Cafe's string of 3 straight 1st place Awards, Hutchinson's Grocery in Maysville, Ky. wins the 2016 Best Burger award! 

Since Winning this award, Hutchinson's had to close in 2017 due to the owner passing away!

Best Burger of 2015

For the 3rd Year in a row, Gabby's Cafe in Wyoming, Cincinnati, Ohio was voted our Best Burger in the City