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Introducing BurgerQuest

Hi, my name is Dick [group responds-“Hi, Dick”], I’m a foodie. I’ve always been a foodie and I don’t want to change. My header says, “Life’s too short to eat crummy burgers.” As your field man, I will eat the crummy ones and report them to you so you won’t have to. I am not a gourmet, but just an everyday guy who wants your experience to be great. You’ll never hear me say that any particular burger is BEST. Don’t ask me. If I tell you it’s the best, that’s assuming I’ve tried them all. I haven’t. My reviews are generally not about the restaurant, only the burgers, but I will make comments that are appropriate.

This blog is kind of open. I don’t leave it so that anyone can post whatever they want, so I will preview anything you send me. Don’t just tell me in your comments that you liked a burger, I want to know why. If you don’t say why, you don’t get posted. Also feel free to let me know about great burgers throughout the country, especially the Great Lakes states.

One BIG item: (see note below) I do not want to hear about chains! I don’t care about them. I hope that you don’t either if you’re here. There are some local “chains” that I do consider worthy of discussion because of several factors: I can talk to the owner, they have a personal stake in the business, they serve people not a board of directors, and as members of our community they deserve our support.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO BURGER QUESTING WITH ME – I don’t like eating alone and would welcome any of my readers to join me in checking out new places. You can name the place or just let me know what side of town works best for you and I’ll find a place. We will be starting up the Top Bun videos again soon and if you’d like to be a part of a SPECTACULAR MEDIA EVENT let me know that too. Just drop me a note in the Comments section and I’ll get an email notification. Your request will not be posted.

I’M WORKING ON A CHAINS PAGE. There are regional chains that you might not have in your area, but will offer something different, better, or WORSE than what you might expect. I’m going to let you know some to look for and some to avoid.

ALSO IN THE WORKS: A new page with listings according to Area.

NEW BURGER QUEST POLICY: I will no longer be posting restaurants website on Great Burger Quest. I will offer those restaurants a clickable listing as part of our new fee structure.

When you want to tell everyone about a great place, please give us the address and/or the website.

If you want the latest news and updates regarding the Great Burger Quest, become a Friend of Great Burger Quest on Facebook.
Also, I’d love to post the websites of those who comment, when linked their names will be in red.

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  1. Ryan Roudebush

    August 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Hey Dick!! Very sorry to have missed your birthday celebration at one of my new favorite burger spots! I visited there about three weeks ago after your many glowing references to Tie Die and was not disappointed! (I think I have exceeded my exclamation point allowance for one post. I’ll try to refrain from any more! Drats, another goal missed!) Enjoy another birthday and I look to catch up at one of your future meet ups! (MEAT UPS?)

  2. Bob Burchfield

    August 30, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Congratulations on the launch of your new site! You’re off to a great start. It’s medium well — NO, well done! [grin] No one around Indy knows more about burgers than you, so I’m looking forward to your future reviews and photos. Let me know what I can do to support you.

  3. Taylor Martin

    August 30, 2010 at 9:30 am

    We’re on a roll, eh?

  4. Michael Huff

    September 1, 2010 at 8:38 am

    And we all responded, “Hi Dick!” …great beginning to a great site! LETTUCE just say, we RELISH your RARE and gifted insight into the great American burger experience – and your uncompromising willingness to sacrifice your body (and mind) to the cause. …looking forward to future reviews!

  5. Elizabeth J. Musgrave

    September 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Dick, love your new home! Will you also review burgers at sports venues?
    Sorry I couldn’t get away from the office to get to your birthday party, I’m sure it was great!

  6. Kathy Anderson

    September 2, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I would rather have a hamburger than a steak. Right now I am on a gluten-free regemin-I may be for the rest of my life-but I still want to think and dream, and hear about burgers. Happy eating!


  7. Ed Johnson-Ott

    September 2, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Check out the Frikadelle at The Rathskeller German restaurant on Michigan. It’s a patty made of ground beef, pork and German werst served on a Kaiser roll. Tastes great!

  8. ginny betts

    September 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

    love the burgers at o.b ‘s very juicy not fried but you need to try their pizza super awesome from the first to the last bite (Please tell us where we can find o.b.’s-DD)

  9. Dick Davis

    September 3, 2010 at 6:24 am

    When you want to tell everyone about a great place, please give us the address and/or the website.
    Also, I’d love to post the websites of those who comment, when linked their names will be in red, but until I figure out how to make your page open up in a new window or new tab I’m going to remove the link. Once I get it set up I’ll redo them.

  10. Michele Lewis

    October 26, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Hi, Dick! Here in the Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill), North Carolina, we have Only Burger!

    A traveling burger truck where everything is made fresh to order, with toppings that run the gamut from the standard to the over the top. My husband’s favorite is the Fried Green Tomato, Over-easy Egg, Pimento Cheese Burger. Also great Carolina style, with chili, mustard, onions and slaw. Taste of the South! To follow them (literally) check twitter:
    Or visit their website where you can see a map of their current location:

    A unique burger on wheels. You can read about them this article about their near-miss in The Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.”

    Enjoy! These guys know how to get social with media!

  11. Lee Fawkes

    November 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

    My favorite burger at the moment can be found at the Alley Cat in Broad Ripple. You get a half-pound of angus beef on a slightly toasted buttered bun; it’s almost like Plato’s pure form of a good burger. I don’t really know how it compares to the other one you’ve reviewed, but I’d be curious to see you review it so I have a point of reference.

    As for the earlier comment about OB’s: it’s a pub on the east side, at 21st and Mitthoeffer. OB, the original owner, prided himself on the quality of his kitchen. It was definitely better than standard pub fare. He passed away last year, though; I haven’t eaten there since then, so I can’t comment on the current quality of their burgers.

  12. Dick Davis

    November 23, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Lee, Thanks for the note. I’ve heard that about Alley Cat’s and will put it On The Radar immediately and let you know.
    I did find OB’s and will give it a try as well.
    These are the kind of leads I really appreciate.

  13. Chris Cotton

    March 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

    I live in North Webster, IN and was in Indy for a few days last week. I read your piece in travel host at the hotel. My wife and I avoid chains like the plague when traveling and have generally been rewarded for this. Your recommendation of Barringer’s burger was a good one. We spent part of our Saturday afternoon bellied up to the bar watching the Florida game, sipping malt beverages, and devouring their outstanding burger.

    The size was perfect, not so small I felt like having something else to eat, and not so large that I couldn’t enjoy a beer while watching the game. I always love the crust that a burger on a flat top gets when cooked well. But the seasoning gave you a taste similar to a burger cooked over charcoal. Great combination of crunch and juicy!

    While we’ll check out your other spots, this is one we’ll return to!

  14. Dick Davis

    March 23, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Chris, I’m happy you enjoyed Barringer’s. THAT was the burger that started it all over two years ago. I welcome guest reviews and given your comments, I’d love to see reports from you on great burgers in your area or in your travels. Thanks for the note.

  15. Nanc y Clouse

    March 23, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Please come to Syracuse IN to an underground restaurant (you go in a gazebo and go down the steps) and try the burgers, they are really the best I’ve ever tasted!

  16. Ruth Gilbert

    June 13, 2011 at 9:58 am

    We have a nice little place here in Fort Wayne, IN called Mad Anthony’s Brewing Co. Their burgers are outstanding! They are served on toasted ciabatta rolls which add a wonderful texture to the sandwich. the burgers are the perfect size – not so huge I feel like I am eating a whole cow, but not so small that I am not completely satisfied at the end. Make sure to try their Scooby Snacks and their signature beers as well.

  17. Ruth Gilbert

    June 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Forgot to leave you the website. You can see what Mad Anthony’s has to offer at:

  18. DJ

    November 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    You Have to Visit Burger City Grill next time you’re in the Los Angeles area! They are quite possibly the best burger in town! When you’re there order the Collossal Burger w blue cheese. AMAZING Here’s their facebook page:

  19. Chelsea Ausbrooks

    May 10, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Found your site!!!! Cannot wait for more reviews!!! :-) Chelsea@ best in sight.

  20. Noel Quizalla

    June 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    The Fuggitaboutit Burger at Amazing Joes in Muncie is Fuggin amazing. It will change your life, because diabetes is life changing

  21. Dick Davis

    June 28, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Noel Quizalla The Fuggitaboutit Burger at Amazing Joes in Muncie looked like MY kind of burger. I’m disturbed that in the burger below they state “medium well or well done”. In my burger opinion if you cook it beyond medium you’ll take the burger part out of the equation and it’s just a competition among toppings even though the toppings look terrific. Next time you’re there you might check to see if they’ll do a burger medium, some places do not have a capable cook to do it. A yes will get me to consider it, an OF COURSE will get me in the door. Thanks for your comment, Noel.

  22. Lava Lips

    July 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Bring that tasty burger in for a ride with some of the best salsas, hot sauces & condiments this side of Key West!
    Lava Lips is having a Grand Opening tasting event on Saturday, July 20 from 12 – 9. There will be Yats food sampling, Upland Brewery samples, Nacho Mama’s food truck and a whole host of goodies and give-aways. Throw in some live, acoustic guitar and you have a p-a-r-t-y!!! We hope to see you here!

  23. Nick Iodice...Team Bad Donkey

    September 15, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Dick, Thanks for being a judge at the Family Leisure Bull Burger Battle! I appreciate any and ALL feedback on the Southern Smoked Burger, in order to improve my recipes and entries. Hopefully we’ll see you next year!