Food Network Magazine–the print incarnation of the cable TV colossus–is trying to make a little noise and get a little attention by picking a top burger restaurant in each state. The issue’s on newsstands next week but here’s the list. Geography majors will have more fun with this interactive map of the states and their burger winners.
How’d the mag do? Well, it’s a tough task, and burger lovers are going to howl in protest no matter which 50 joints are spotlighted because we’re like that. There are a lot of great burger spots listed, but the mix of chains and independents can be awkward. In-N-Out the pick for California? Yes, everyone loves INO, but is a multi-unit concept a fair pick? The choice of Winstead’s for Kansas has the same problem. And DC gets totally disenfranchised again.
New York City has so many great burger emporiums–brgr, Paul’s Da Burger Joint and Stand come to mind immediately–that the choice of the aptly named Burger Joint for New York probably won’t please most locals. It has atmosphere but it’s tucked into the lobby of the tony Le Parker Meridien hotel, which gives it a slightly faux-funky aura. But, again, fine burgers.
Check out your state. Feel free to disagree. Tell us how well you think Food Network Magazine did in assigning your best burger bet.