The Worst of the Burger Battle: Ilios, Pier 66, and Riverside Hotel
Ilios' burger may not look bad, but wait until you see what's inside.
Photos by Eric Barton
But there were some downright disgusting excuses for America's favorite sandwich that night too. Below, the three worst offenders.
3. Riverside Hotel
Fried doesn't always make things better.
know that adding bacon or truffles to anything can win over a crowd.
Same is often true with deep-frying. But not burgers. Hamburgers, and
this was made clear by Riverside
Hotel's offering, should not be dropped into hot oil. This burger
was apparently coated in bread crumbs and then fried crisp. The result
was a burger that was oily and possessed a bizarre texture. The crunchy
coating and the gooey meat center were reminiscent of an extremely
underdone crab cake. Riverside Hotel, please save the oil for the fries.
2. Hyatt Regency Pier
Sixty-Six's plate had to win points on presentation. On one end was
a plastic shot glass filled with cilantro and Jack Daniels lemonade. In
the center were a couple of fries and at the end a burger with fried bits
and chili. But after the presentation, no part of this
plate worked. The lemonade tasted a bit too straight-from-the garden to
be refreshing. The fries weren't slices of potato but some kind of fused
mash with entirely too much flavoring. And the burger had several
components that were entirely overseasoned. The patty itself, the oddly
textured chili, and the weird-shaped fried onion bits tasted like the
dried spice mixture you might find on Dorito's. If Frito Lay came out
with burger-flavored tortilla chips, they'd probably be better than
1. The Hilton's Ilios
Pulled and ground buffalo meat don't work fused into a burger.
Restaurant in Broward County, we figured the place would have one of the
best burgers of the night. Actually, the patty was nearly inedible.
Ilios' buffalo burger was somewhere between shredded and ground,
creating these odd pulled bits of buffalo among what was otherwise a
way-too-wet mixture. It was like slimy meets stringy meets greasy.
Partially eaten Ilios burgers piled up in a trash can nearby. It was
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