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The Best of Burger Bar Logos, 2016

The Best of Burger Bar Logos, 2016

Spending time checking out burger bars, I’m often struck by the creativity of not only the burgers but also the logos for many of these establishments. Some are no-nonsense and a few are nonsensical, but the graphics for many of them are eye-catching, entertaining and impressive. Every so often I’ve done a round up of […]

Trending: On Beyond Burgers

Trending: On Beyond Burgers

What’s new on burger menus? The number of interesting items that aren’t burgers. Ten years ago it would have been heresy to suggest that what a burger bar needed was more non-burger winners. Now it’s better understood that burger alternatives and burger complements can save a burger menu from becoming one-note tunes. With that in […]

U.S. Restaurant Count Continues Slide

U.S. Restaurant Count Continues Slide

The total number of U.S. restaurants continues to decline because of continuing losses of independent locations. But independent burger-menu quick-service shops are accounting for very little of that decline. The Spring 2016 census from The NPD Group finds a 1% drop in the U.S. restaurant count to 624,301, compared with the spring 2015 census. Chain […]

Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday Tidbits

Is it a sign of the end of the burger apocalypse that Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar on the East Coast has opened its annual burger contest to non-beef creations? No, but it’s surely a sign of the times. The 5th annual contest invites burger lovers to submit creations using Certified Angus Beef (CAB), American-style […]

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burger Names

The Week’s Most Intriguing Burger Names

Looking good and tasting great are important to the creation of a perfect burger bar burger. The third leg of that stool is a clever name. This week’s compilation of intriguing burgers adds the requirement that a burger have an intriguing name as well. Why settle for “This Week’s Special” when you can label your […]

Trendspotting 2016’s New Burger Joints

Trendspotting 2016’s New Burger Joints

Two words recur with many of the burger joints that opened during the first half of 2016: “classic” and “quality.” There is a noticeable simplicity to many of the Class of 2016 burger startups. While fancifully named, multi-topping burgers still can be found (see Crusade Burger Bar below), many are featuring “classic” burgers, often using […]

Patty Melt: The Last American Burger

Patty Melt: The Last American Burger

Patty melts are retro, old school, classic. The simplicity of a thin burger patty with cheese or cheese sauce between slices of bread, toasted or not, is the epitome of diner fare. That’s why you’re most likely to find a true melt at throw-back diner concepts such as Steak ‘n Shake (which menus five melts), […]

Burger of the Month Specials: June ‘16

Burger of the Month Specials: June ‘16

Summer brings some surprising Burger of the Month creations, none more unexpected than Burger Revolution’s water buffalo burger. The Belleville, Ont., burger bar even manages to source its water buffalo from a local Ontario supplier. What goes on its ground water buffalo burger? Local pepper cheese, jerk mayo, strawberry and mango salsa and plantain chips. […]