Reader: This town's food does not impress me -- where's a great burger?

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Lori Midson
A classic burger at Bud's Bar.
Denver diners love their burgers -- big or small, beefy or veggie, gourmet or greasy. Best Burger is always one of the most hotly contested categories in our Best of Denver Readers' Poll (find the Best of Denver 2013 poll here), and we've got our buns on the run testing our own candidates for top honors this year.

But one reader isn't pleased with what he's found in Denver:

See also:

- Best Burger 2012: Juicy's Burgers and Dogs
- Denver's Ten Best Burgers 2011
- The list: Denver's Best Burgers 2009

Says markmiller153:

I'm trying to find a great greasy burger joint that serves great-tasting burgers, not gourmet burgers. This town's food does not impress me.

Do you have any greasy burger suggestions for Mark? What burgers do you find impressive? Is there one that rates Best of Denver? Post your suggestions below.


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esther_roybal
esther_roybal

A restaurant we love for GREAT burgers is of course MY BROTHER'S BAR.  All the fixings you want on top of a juicy, awesome burger!  Rustic atmosphere and funky waitstaff.  Been at the same location for about 50 years (without a sign hanging out front) and it is still one of the best places in Denver.

Try it Markmiller 153, you will be a fan from now on! 

Shane40
Shane40

Plain Jane simple burger you cant go wrong with Bud's yes it is a little far to drive but a burger you just cant beat.  Has anyone else experienced the gigantic cockroaches at My  ^&#%#@  Bar , I didnt myself but my girlfriend was in there with a couple other people and across the table one scurried and they all walked out.  Another plane jane simple burger is Griff's but it has to be the one up in Arvada the one on Broadway really bad the two times I tried it.  I also agree with Grandpa's simple great burger go for the Double Steak burger.  Now on the fancier side hands down amazing burger is Highland Tap a must for all burger affecianado's, and down the street from there the Highland Tavern has some pretty damn good burgers.  The Stuffed burgers at the Irish joint on broadway and ellsworth cant think of the name are pretty damn good.

c.a.esker
c.a.esker

My Brothers Bar and Cherry Cricket

smeetholes
smeetholes

Bud's period and watch what happens when this assclown asks for fries.

rain
rain

My current favorite burger is at the Boulder Chophouse. They make a damn good burger with perfect crispy shoestring fries.

ajyun1
ajyun1

Rockabillies in Arvada (and a couple of the ones previously mentioned)  has great burgers. But that's only if you actually have any idea what a great tasting greasy burger should taste like. Some people have no palate but talk as if they would know what good actually is.

kosslerj
kosslerj

At least 3 places fit that bill:

- Candlelight Tavern

- Bud's Bar

- My Brother's Bar

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

The first part of your comment is easy. Bud's is awesome, but you don't need to drive all the way to Sedalia to get a decent burger. Cherry Cricket and My Brother's Bar both serve a nice, juicy un-fussy burger. Sure you can pile on the toppings, especially at the Cricket, but they are far from "gourmet." Grandpa's is also a good option, although it's not a bar & grill, so you can't sit down a watch a game or have a beer with your burger.

The second part of the comment is a little more puzzling: "This town's food does not impress me. " Where are you from? What are you unimpressed with, specifically? What part of town do you live in? Where do you like to hang out? Are you looking for a divey joint with great food or an old-school burger joint like Crown Burger (which are fine, but not great). Be specific and someone here will be able to help you out.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Finley's Pub has the most amazing burger in Denver.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

Grandpa's Burger Haven on Federal & Ellsworth.

epll
epll

Haven't had one in a few years, but the Candlelight Tavern always had a very good, cheap burger.  Nothing special--ground chuck, a little seasoning, American cheese and a bun.

NoBoBear
NoBoBear

@Mantonat Quote: "This town's food does not impress me. " Where are you from?

Yeah, you see this type of thing, for example, in Vegas. Their "Best Of" edition in the local paper is always an interesting read. For example, "Best Italian" will generally be some good place, yet the people's choice is always Olive Garden. From what I've seen of the local population, to be polite, generally not the most worldly bunch. Nothing wrong with that, but, does make dining choices a conundrum at times.

Back to burgers: Tue/Thur/Sun in Boulder, Burger Madness at The Dark Horse ($5/$6 for a greasy cheeseburger and fries). Any of the Chicago hotdog places (Mustard's, Mile High Vienna, Chicago), Juicy Burgers, Good Times. Culver's was pretty good, the one time I went a few years back.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Denver Dave I'm afraid Finley's might be a little too "gourmet" for what this guy is looking for. I find it sad when people can't just enjoy food for what it is and end up missing out because they attach so much baggage to their choices. If you don't want to pay upwards of $10 for a burger, fine. Just say so. Larkburger has amazing, juicy, drippy burgers & you can get the burger and fries for about $7. But maybe they don't fit into this guy's concept of what a burger should be.

I'd also recommend Providence in Edgewater, but it's hard to know, without specifics.

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