Burger guide

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On the Burger Trail: Jake's Burger

Published Jan. 8, 2018

Lori Fredrich has fond memories of a burger she ate years ago at Jake's Restaurant on North Avenue in Wauwatosa. But would the signature burger at the newer Jake's Burger in Brookfield meet muster? She had to find out.

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On the Burger Trail: The Peppercorn Horsey at North Avenue Grill

Published Dec. 18, 2017

North Avenue Grill is a haven for scratch-made diner style fare. So we figured it would be a good bet for a stop on the Burger Trail. Turns out the house favorite burger is a half-pound patty topped with bacon, cheese, onion strings and a tangy horsey sauce. And it was a treat.

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On the Burger Trail: The Bliss Burger at Route 76 Diner

Published Dec. 11, 2017

When I visited the Route 76 Diner, a new 50s-era throwback restaurant located in the former Griddlers Cafe in Greenfield, I was very much looking forward to sinking my teeth into what I hoped would be a deliciously satisfying old school diner burger.

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On the Burger Trail: The Foolery at Foolery's Liquid Therapy

Published Dec. 4, 2017

This monster burger had to have been a good seven or eight inches tall. Skewered with a pick to ensure that it wouldn't topple, it showcased a mean pile of crisp onion strings, a good amount of melted cheese and a fried egg that obscured the burger entirely.

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On the Burger Trail: Thee Dirty Burger at The Vanguard

Published Nov. 27, 2017

Don't expect a traditional burger with an all-beef patty, special sauce, lettuce and cheese at The Vanguard. After all, it's a sausage joint. Nonetheless, this sausage-slinging bar deserves your attention for its filthy good Dirty Burger.

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On the Burger Trail: Cheeseburger at Dr. Dawg

Published Nov. 20, 2017

It was a blustery afternoon when I drove up to Glendale to check out the burger at Dr. Dawg. And if any of you are giving me sidelong glances for expecting a Chicago-style hot dog joint to serve up a great burger, you'd be even more surprised by how many people recommended the burger as a must-try.

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On the Burger Trail: The Plaza Burger at Cafe at the Plaza

Published Nov. 13, 2017

For as many times as I've dined at the Cafe, I've never ordered a burger. So, I ordered up the cafe's namesake burger: The Plaza Burger featuring a half-pound beef patty, Wisconsin cheddar and American cheeses, onion rings, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on a brioche bun.

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On the Burger Trail: The Prime Smokehouse Burger at MOTOR

Published Nov. 6, 2017

As I was eating this burger, I kept thinking that it should really be called the "steakhouse" burger, rather than the Smokehouse Burger. After all, its flavor brought forward a distinctly steak-like flavor, largely thanks to the combination of its beefiness and the addition of steak sauce to the mix.

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On the Burger Trail: The Big Guy at On the Clock Bar & Grill

Published Oct. 30, 2017

Since 1903, the building on the corner of Howell and Bolivar Avenues has been a gathering place for folks from the area. It still retains many details of its rich past, including a sense of hospitality that's likely to leave you satiated in a variety of ways.

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On the Burger Trail: The Double Brisket Burger at Palomino

Published Oct. 23, 2017

In many ways, Palomino is the quintessential Milwaukee bar and grill. Located in a primarily residential area in Bay View, it's got a corner bar feel. It's just divey enough that there's never pretense, folks are friendly and the scratch-made fare is both comforting and delicious.

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On the Burger Trail: The Prime Burger at Stella Van Buren

Published Oct. 16, 2017

Whether you're visiting for a burger at lunch or a steak or pasta at dinner, the experience at Stella Van Buren is inevitably enhanced by the floor-to-ceiling picture windows which offer a bird's eye view of Milwaukee's urban landscape.

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On the Burger Trail: The Overstuffed Wisconsinite at Cafe Soeurette

Published Oct. 9, 2017

Head to Cafe Soeurette and you'll find the restaurant abuzz, particularly on Monday evenings when it hosts burger night. Using little ordering cards, diners can fill in their options, from burger to bun and toppings, creating their own masterpieces.

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On the Burger Trail: The Bigger Mac at Elsa's on the Park

Published Sept. 29, 2017

What happens when you pair a classy space with top-shelf spirits with a casual menu? You get a spot like Elsa's that attracts corporate lunch-goers by day and a hot see-and-be-seen crowd at night. But, how are the burgers at Kopp's little sister restaurant?