Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Checkers, Wilmington, NC


Checkers is a Southern chain featuring some darn good burgers, at darn good prices. We stopped at one in Maryland last year on the way home and I thought it was one of the best fast-food burgers I'd ever had so when we headed south this spring, I had to try it again. Now please note that I ranked Checkers #2 in fast food burgers in this blog.

I got the Fiery Jalapeno Double, only $1.50 since for three dollars you can get this and a shake. Well, this was one fine burger. Hot, juicy and flavorful (Flavourful for my English fans). We got seasoned fries for the kids, not overly seasoned, and shakes that were so thick they were hard to get through the straws.

For those of you who've never been to a Checkers, they are set up primarily as a drive through with a line on either side. I imagine it would be harder to reach across the passenger side to get your order if you are alone, so I recommend the line to the right. There is no inside seating, or counter. There is a walk-up window in the front, and ample parking, so I get out and order. I don't eat in my car, and I like to look at the menu for a few minutes before ordering, especially when I'm trying some place I'm not all that familiar with.

So if you've never been to a Checkers, give them a try. The burgers are surprisingly good, and cheap.

Best Burgers of the past year.

I started this blog over a year ago, and got serious about it last June. I started to track it in July and since then I've had 6,500 page views from 45 countries, 46 states. I decided to look back at some of my favorites over the year, and share them. Some of the listing are for a specific burger and some are for any burger at that location.

Best Fast food burger-
1. Five Guys little cheeseburger (I'm not sure I'd really classify them as fast food, but it fits here)
2. Checkers
3. Fudruckers
4. Sonic

Best sit down burger- Casual dining
1. Chiles Smokehouse jalapeno
2. Ruby Tuesday Triple Prime
3. Red Robin Burnin' Love

Best Brewpub Burger
1. Front Street Brewery Bacon Blue Cheese burger
2. Iron Hill Brewery, West Chester, PA
3. Goose Island, Chicago, Ill

Best Bar Burgers
1. Bacchus, New Paltz
2. Drafting Room Exton, PA
3. Ward's Bridge Inn, Montgomery, NY
4. Sweeney's MVP, Walden, NY Buffalo Blue Burger
5. Rick's Runway Cafe, Montgomery, NY

Worst Burger
1. Elsie's, Wallkill, NY

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cafe Mayo, Wappingers Falls, NY


Here's a place we've been driving past for a few years now and always say, "Hey we should stop there sometime." Well, we finally did today and I have to say it is good Mexican food. Now to start off, I'm not a huge Mexican food fan, which is surprising because I love cilantro, lemon juice and pico de gallo. Maybe its the meat I don't like because when we have Mexican lately I've been ordering seafood and I'm fast becoming a fan.

Tonight I had the Tacos de Camaron, shrimp tacos. Three tacos filled with grilled shrimp, black beans, lettuce and tomato covered in a nice sauce with fresh avocado slices. A couple pieces of grilled plantain, and some refried beans and rice on the side completed the meal. All for $16.95. Teresa had chicken enchilada for $13.95. My dinner was delicious and fresh tasting. There were many flavor notes that combined perfectly.

For desert I tried the fried ice cream. They take vanilla ice cream, coat it in frosted flakes and coconut, and fry it. Then they pour on caramel and chocolate, and add whipped cream. At $4.95, I had to try. It was okay, but not as fantastic as I thought it would be.

Give them a try sometime and you'll not be disappointed. They have another location in Fishkill and you can get more info from their website.