Sorry Folks, Bandera is Still the Best Burger in Town

I know it’s a chain. I know the drinks are too expensive. I know you can’t go there without getting hit on by some geriatric divorcee or Persian car dealer. I know. I know all of these things. It doesn’t make the burger taste any worse. It is a perfect burger.

Poppyseed bun. House ground, highest quality meat. Cooked to order on the doneness scale. More importantly, cooked correctly, to order, on the doneness scale. Topped with good cheddar, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion. Served with a side of slaw. It’s everything you want in a burger and nothing you don’t.

Sure, it costs $16 and doesn’t even come with full release, but it’s worth it. This is not an everyday, got nothing in the fridge to cook, can’t decide on pizza or chinese, kind of burger. It’s a special occasion burger. It’s a birthday burger. It’s a breakup burger. It’s a promotion burger. But don’t get me wrong, it’s not better than Bandera’s $20 french dip, but that’s another story.

It is, however,  better than, in no particular order, Nationwide, Scott’s, Dime, Formoli, Squeeze, Jerry’s, Smashburger, Five Guys, and any other place you could name. It’s just that good. It’s definitely better than Nationwide. I don’t know what’s wrong with you people that keep telling me that place is the tits. It’s not. It’s just sad and weird and overpriced for what you get, and unexceptional. It’s like the Zelda’s of burgers. Oooooooooooooooooooooo, yeah I said it.

Bandera- 2232 Fair Oaks Blvd (at Howe), 922.3524,

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5 thoughts on “Sorry Folks, Bandera is Still the Best Burger in Town”

  1. I have to disagree. Morton’s has a fantastic burger and its under $20. Also check out Foundation, their Gouda Burger is great.

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  2. I dunno. I had Bandera’s burger. It was very good, you’re right … but the $13 burger at Restaurant Thrteen or 13een or whatever it’s called was head and shoulders above. Better meat, better bun, the bacon confit was amazing, the cheese was incredible. And I asked for it as rare as was legally allowed, and they delivered.

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  3. Thi13t13ee13n you say? Well, that might be next on the list. I’ve never partaken in their burger offering. But I’ve enjoyed almost everything else that comes out of their kitchen. I’ll have to give it a try.

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