If you are a recovering burger addict, you might want to avoid Weihburggasse, right next to Stephansplatz: the sweet smell of grilled beef coming out of Rinderwahn will make you want to call up your sponsor at the speed of light.
Let’s agree to disagree: it’s not all about the meat. Good burgers need quality meat as much as they need a proper bun and harmonic toppings. Fortunately, despite the pretentious name, It’s All About The Meat Baby does not neglect this delicate balance and ultimately manages to deliver a delicious experience.
There’s a unique satisfaction in having a dinner that matches pretty much perfectly your expectations. Beaver Brewing Company is one of those rare cases where you know exactly what you are going to get without any surprises: freshly brewed beer and fair burgers.
In a city whose burger landscape is more and more dominated by big multi-restaurant players, sitting in a tiny parlor is actually kind of refreshing. Sadly, this alone isn’t enough to make Omnom an unmissable destination.
Das Eduard is a cosy bar with very friendly service, generally good kitchen and a couple of interesting burgers in the menu. Even though, admittedly, on some unlucky days you might receive an overtoasted bun or an overcooked patty, most of the times you will likely enjoy the same surprising experience that won us over.
In the heart of Schweizergarten there is a (not so) little paradise for carnivores. Klein Steiermark’s menu boasts a number of Austrian classic and seasonal dishes, a legendary rack of spare ribs and exactly one burger that, alone, could give a hard time to many of the specialized restaurants in town.
It’s not enough to serve a great burger to be a great burger restaurant. It’s not enough to throw in the cool logo, the predictable cow statues, the wooden tables and the design lights. Burger Bros The Mall serves delicious burgers, but forgets the essential ingredient: passion.
When I started reviewing burgers I was quickly confronted with a moral dilemma: do I have the right to write a negative review? Should a random person like myself dare judge a professional restaurateur’s work?
The premise is funny, if a bit corny: burgers and milkshakes in 50s American Diner, complete with red and white leather booths, vintage pin-up Coke ads and the inevitable Elvis playing in the background. Teddy’s American Diner will serve you ordinary burgers, and then win you over with his unexpectedly charming personality.
Half of 2019 has passed, and the time has come to look back at six months of burger tasting.
After a while you think you’ve seen it all. The juicy, the dry, the safe, the experimental, the minimalistic, the over-the-top. Can a burger be still so bold that it truly surprises you? Have dinner at Laurenz4, you’ll see.
There is a widely known - but often misused - Italian expression that can be worth a thousand words, if delivered with the proper intonation, facial expression and hand gestures. So, picture a disappointed face and a strong accent on the first vowel when you ask “how was your experience at Manzoni?” and we frustratingly answer “Màmma mia…”.
You should never judge a burger by its cover. Very often a small and unassuming parlor might serve you a much better burger than a bigger and expensive restaurant. Unfortunately, sometimes we forget to consider the same thought from the other angle - a fancy restaurant might serve you a worse burger than an unassuming parlor.
A burger is like a frame to a picture: put a mediocre frame to an amazing picture and you’ll degrade the picture; do vice-versa and you’ll end up with a grotesque mess. The secret is in the balance, as well as in the confidence and honesty that you put into building your personal vision of a classic. Weinschenke takes this concept and somehow transcends it.