Browsing articles tagged with " Burgers"
Mar 8, 2014
Tim Lester

Street Food Friday: A Controversial Taste of Turtle in Grand Cayman

Many types of travel test your limits, but few challenge your perceptions the way culinary differences between cultures can. Bring up the fact that you ate turtle in a crowded room, and you will most likely receive a mixed bag of responses, those on the negative end being charged with anger and disappointment. Other animals may suffer similar fates, but people have a way of drawing the line.

There is definitely controversy on the island revolving around one specific turtle farm, but we weren’t there to talk politics – we were there because we wanted to experience Caymanian culture, which eats turtles. To fully immerse ourselves, we had to try it. The locals recommended Myrtle’s for its fresh turtle burgers, soups, and steaks. We went with the former at lunch, and when it arrived, it looked just like any other meat-based burger (shown above). This is a good approach for those that might not want to be unnecessarily reminded that they’re eating turtle.

The taste was similar to veal in that it was richer and sweeter than chicken and beef. This is one of the reasons turtle makes a great soup, the sweetness complimenting the salt of the broth. The burger was good, but we would recommend trying the soup for your first time, and, if you enjoy, indulging in the other preparations as follow ups. We feel the soup is the most traditional and the best vehicle to truly taste the meat. It provides more flavor enhancement than a straight-up steak and removes the blanket of the bun.

You can read more about the turtle debate on the island here. Our advice would be to investigate where your turtle comes from Portlandia style if you have an issue with those that are farm-raised.

[Photo: Will McGough]

Recommended Reading

Feb 3, 2014
Kim Rivers

You Could Win Free Food Truck Meals for a Year

The Mac Mart truck is one of three selling raffle tickets for a year’s worth of free food. [Photo: Facebook]

There are a few days left to snag a raffle ticket from some University City food trucks that could net you a free meal every day for a year, according to — and whether you win or not, the proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The tickets cost $10 apiece and are being sold at Spot Burgers, Taco Mondo, and the Mac Mart truck, through this Thursday, February 6. (Given today’s snow day and schedules that will vary throughout the week, it’d be a good idea to check their Facebook pages or Twitter feeds to be sure.)

The drawing will take place at a special nighttime service at 34th and Race streets from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, where a portion of the night’s food sales will also be donated to the CFF. The winner can claim one entree, side and drink each day for a year from one of the participating trucks.

· University City Food Trucks Raffling Off Free Food for a Year []
· All Food Truck Coverage [-EPHI-]

Recommended Reading

Jan 21, 2014
Kim Rivers

Bang Bite food truck features executive chef’s signature burgers, sandwiches

Bang Bite food trucks features executive chefs signature burgers, sandwiches

Bang Bite food trucks features executive chef’s signature burgers, sandwiches

Tina and Bruce Blackburn of Eldorado place their order with Enrique Guerrero, owner of Bang Bite, at his food truck Monday. The food truck is located on the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail next to the state capitol. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Bang Bite food trucks features executive chefs signature burgers, sandwiches

Bang Bite food trucks features executive chef’s signature burgers, sandwiches

The Bang Bang Burger at Bang Bite. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Bang Bite food trucks features executive chefs signature burgers, sandwiches

Bang Bite food trucks features executive chef’s signature burgers, sandwiches

Marc Janoschek of Santa Fe eats a Bang Bang Burger at Bang Bite on Monday. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Bang Bite food trucks features executive chefs signature burgers, sandwiches

Bang Bite food trucks features executive chef’s signature burgers, sandwiches

Enrique Guerrero, owner of Bang Bite, at his food truck Monday. The food truck is located on the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail next to the state capitol. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:55 pm

Updated: 3:09 pm, Tue Jan 21, 2014.

Bang Bite food truck features executive chef’s signature burgers, sandwiches

By Carlos Lopez
The New Mexican


What’s an acclaimed chef to do after retiring from a career that spans 20-plus years in fine-dining restaurants?

Open a food truck, of course.

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety.

You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?



Or, use your
linked account:

Choose an online service.

Current print subscribers

You must login to view the full content on this page.

Or, use your
linked account:

Thank you for reading 10 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 10 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription at this time and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at 505-983-3303.

You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?



Or, use your
linked account:

Choose an online service.

Current print subscribers


Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:55 pm.

Updated: 3:09 pm.

Recommended Reading

Dec 14, 2013
Tina George

‘Food Lovers’ Guide To Los Angeles’ Could Convince You To Stop Yelping

What do you want to do for dinner tonight?

If you’re looking for something new, chances are you’ll turn to user-review sites like Yelp or paid reviews like Zagat. But Los Angeles food blogger Cathy Chaplin is hoping to convince Angelenos to go analog with her new, softcover guidebook Food Lovers’ Guide to Los Angeles.

cathy chaplin

“You have to pay Zagat as a service to come rate your restaurants,” explained Chaplin in a phone interview with HuffPost. “And with Yelp, you never know what you’re going to get — complaints about parking, a paid review, whatever.”

Instead, said Chaplin, “it’s all about the trusted voice and opinion.” And you can trust Chaplin, a Pasadena-based writer who has been documenting her culinary adventures in LA on her site since 2006.

Last summer, inspired by the book Hungry For Paris, she spent four months (and her entire book advance) eating at more than 300 restaurants to create a list of LA’s most essential, drive-worthy restaurants, markets and food neighborhoods. The book is also a guide to LA’s foodie scene, complete with a calendar of food festivals, list of must-follow food writers and recipes from celebrated chefs.

To give HuffPost readers a preview of her book, Chaplin has picked five reviews that showcase the best of LA’s restaurant scene [see below].

“These are the kinds of places that I love about LA — they are small, family-owned and have extraordinarily passionate people behind the stove,” said Chaplin. “It’s just really good food in places where you’ll feel comfortable going into and places that do what they do very well — the best in their class.”

Chaplin’s book comes out Dec. 17, and she hopes it’ll earn a coveted spot in your car’s glove compartment.

Mom’s Burgers
moms burgers

Photo by Cathy Chaplin
336 W. Alondra Blvd., Compton, CA 90220, (310) 632-6622; American; $

The most basic offering is Mom’s Burger, a single beef patty with shredded iceberg lettuce, chopped white onions, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, and a slice of tomato. The bun is of the squishy commercial variety, while the meat is hand-formed and well-seasoned with salt and coarse-ground pepper. Griddled on a flattop, the patty is cooked through and beautifully caramelized. The shop’s most popular burger is The Chronic, a double-patty situation with thick-cut bacon and a fried egg in addition to the regular cast of toppings.

Good Girl Dinette

Photo by Cathy Chaplin
110 N. Avenue 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042, (323) 257-8980,; Vietnamese; $$

The imperial rolls are the quintessential starter. Filled with wood ear mushrooms or chicken, carrots, and glass noodles, the rolls are fried to order and beautifully blistered. Whether eating them straight up or wrapped in lettuce leaves, make sure to dunk ‘em in the accompanying vinaigrette for extra pow. Another winning starter is the deep-fried tofu slabs perched atop carefully constructed rice cakes. Drizzled in a mixture of scallions, oil, and fish sauce, the tofu is transformed into an umamified raft.

Lark Cake Shop

Photo by Cathy Chaplin
3337 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, (323) 667-2968,; Bakery; $$

A dozen different creations, including Stacey’s Old-Fashioned Coconut Cake (coconut cake with cream cheese icing and coconut shavings) and the Berry Shortcake (white cake layered with fresh berries, pastry cream, and whipped cream), are baked fresh every day, ready to be personalized and picked up for backyard birthdays and celebrations of all sorts. The best cake of all is barely a cake at all. The Old-Fashioned Ice Box Cake, seven layers of chocolate wafers and fluffy whipped cream, is a tall stack of dear sweet richness.

Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
cathy chaplin

Photo by Cathy Chaplin
9016 Mission Dr., Rosemead, CA 91770, (626) 286-3370; Vietnamese; $

Vietnamese meatballs are a curiously loud bunch that snap at first bite and squeak at first chew. At New Nuong Ninh Hoa, grilled pork meatballs and skewers are served on grand platters along with rice papers for wrapping and a forest of greens for garnishing. The parade of proteins includes the restaurant’s namesake nem nuong (sweet pork skewers and meatballs), as well as nem cap (pork patties wrapped in banana leaves), nem chua huong (grilled sour pork patties) and cha ram tom (shrimp egg rolls).

Class 302
class 302

Photo by Cathy Chaplin

1015 Nogales St., #125, Rowland Heights, CA 91748, (626) 965-5809, Dessert; $

Skip over the menu’s savory bites and zero in on the house special shaved snow. A distant cousin of shaved ice, shaved snow has a unique ribbonlike texture that is achieved by freezing huge chunks of flavored water and milk and then shaving it using heavy-duty machinery. The resulting sheets of snow are gloriously creamy and dissolve ever so quickly on the tongue. The green-tea flavored snow topped with red beans, mochi, and condensed milk is perfectly balanced, while the mango snow with fresh mangoes and mochi is as tart and refreshing as they come. The most decadent dish is the caramel pudding shaved snow, which is doused with sweetened condensed milk and caramel syrup.

Earlier on HuffPost:

[To browse celeb-frequented restaurants in other cities, check out the rest of Urbanspoon's list.]

Loading Slideshow

Recommended Reading

Aug 29, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Giving Out Free Burger Samples in Macon

A burger chain is giving out free burger samples at Macon-area Walmart stores Wednesday, with the emphasis on the “samples.”

They’re actually giving away about a quarter of a full-sized burger per person.

“Most people when we first got here was looking for a whole burger but we got a quarter of a burger which was okay but it taste real good,” said James Bell of Macon. 

13WMAZ’s Austin Lewis reports people were lined up 45 minutes before the giveaway began at the Walmart on Zebulon Road.

According to a news release, the West Coast chain, Fatburger, is making its way to about 1,000 Walmart stores, including the three in Macon. 

The tour is promoting the introduction of Fatburger frozen beef patties in Walmart stores.

The average wait for people at the giveaway at the Zebulon Road store was between 15 to 20 minutes and for those we talked to it was worth the wait. 

“It’s good for a frozen burger, yea, it’s got seasoning it’s really good,” said Bridgitte Wormely of Macon. 

“It’s more than what I expected because like I said I didn’t expect it to be this good but it is,” said Harold Odom. 

Kleber Freitas, the tour manager of Fatburger Across America, says they weren’t expecting the crowd outside the Zebulon Walmart. 

“I was really surprised we were on TV in Texas, too,” said Freitas. “We didn’t have that much of a line at all and we were cooking the burgers and there was a huge line already.” 


The giveaway has ended at the Zebulon Road store.


Here’s where the truck will be the rest of the day:

Walmart at Harrison Road
3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Walmart at Gray Highway
7-9 p.m.

Recommended Reading

Aug 21, 2013
Tim Lester

Stylish Snacks: Street Food Festival Dazzles Eyes and Stomachs

La Cocina’s Street Food Festival is happening right now on Folsom Street between 20th and 26th and from 21st to 25th streets between Shotwell and Treat. Vendors from across the city and the world are offering a wide variety of cuisines that look as good as they taste.

When asked how the day was going so far, Sylvia Esquivel, owner of Hella Vegan Eats and a graduate of La Cocina’s incubator program, was unequivocal.

“Today has been awesome,” she said, in between taking orders for vegan burgers on doughnut patties and vegan mac n’ cheese tacos. This is Esquivel’s second time as a vendor at the Street Food Festival, but her excitement hasn’t worn off.

“It’s so heartfelt. We feel great to be part of their (La Cocina’s) group of small business owners, and great to be part of a community of women entrepreneurs.”

Waiting in a line of more than 40 people for Nombe’s Ramen Burger didn’t deter Michele Mar. “This is my third year coming,” said the SOMA resident. “I love coming and experimenting with new flavors.”

Caleb Zigas, La Cocina’s executive director, was feeling good about the day but hoped people would see beyond the delicious dishes being offered.

“I hope people don’t just come for the food, or because it’s cool, that they don’t just come to take pictures or rate the food, or tweet about it, but that they come to be part of a community,” Zigas said. “If they just come for the food they’re missing something. I hope they think about where it comes from and what it means that it’s here today. We try to make a space where people can meet each other and neighbors can interact.”

Enjoy the slideshow above, which highlights some of the yummy treats you’ll find. And then hurry up and head over there! The festival runs until 7 p.m., but the lines are growing every second.

Recommended Reading

Aug 20, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food truck talk worries York City restaurateur

Rick Zoeltsch isn’t in the business of waiting around to speak his mind.

The York City restaurateur is more than a little concerned about the future of his one-year-old business if the enthusiasm generated by an upcoming food-truck rally translates into a loosening of the city’s regulations on mobile food vendors.

There’s no such formal proposal on the table. But, Zoeltsch said, he wants the city’s leadership to know now where he stands on the issue.

“There’s a handful of small businesses here that are actually struggling right now. We’re all hanging in, but we’re struggling,” said Zoeltsch, who owns the Varsity Smoke Shack at 39 W. Market St. “If you bring food trucks in here, it’s going to take business from the places that are actually part of York.”

That’s a criticism not of FoodStruck — the first-time event scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11 — but of the mere possibility that food trucks could one day become a more permanent part of the York City landscape.

Brick-and-mortar restaurants pay property taxes, rent, utilities and other expenses that food-truck owners don’t have, Zoeltsch said. He’s worried that looser regulations would benefit the food trucks at the expense of the other restaurants.

“Our peak hour is lunch. Lunch is our business,” Zoeltsch said. “If we lose our lunch to five, six, seven food trucks, we’re all done.”

Restrictions: Currently, York City prohibits food trucks

except on construction sites within the Central Business District — and even then limits their operation to just four hours per day.

The city offers one street-vendor license for Continental Square, currently held by the operator of a hot-dog stand.

Earlier this month, a group of friends announced their plan for FoodStruck, which will offer a four-hour downtown feeding frenzy of crepes, burgers, souvlaki and more served from the windows of 8 to 10 restaurants on wheels.

Philip Given, one of the organizers, said at the time that he was hoping the event would “spur a conversation” about possibly changing the city’s law on food trucks.

One York City councilman has balked at the idea, while another seems eager to embrace it.

Conversation: Indeed, a conversation has begun.

On Thursday, Given said he and the rest of the organizers are focused primarily on putting on a great event. Already, the FoodStruck page on Facebook has garnered more than 1,000 likes, with hundreds of people promising to attend.

“I’m excited to see the conversation unfold. I value deeply the input of restaurant owners and business owners and market vendors as well as city council,” Given said. “I want what’s best for the city, and I want to see cool stuff downtown.”

The group isn’t planning to make any formal proposal to the city, Given said. There are, however, plans in the works to host more food-truck events in York, he said.

“It’s clear to me, personally, that the conversation isn’t going away,” Given said. “We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing, and what happens happens.”

Excitement: Casi Babinchak said she’s not too concerned. She’s the chief operating officer at Central Market, which increasingly acts as an incubator space for new eateries.

“Just knowing how change happens in any city, I would be hesitant that we could go from allowing only one vendor to allowing enough vendors to put other people out of business. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” she said.

Babinchak said she’s excited about FoodStruck and supportive of “anything that drives traffic downtown.”

Sonia Huntzinger, executive director of Downtown Inc, echoed that sentiment.

“We are excited and enthusiastic about this event. We think it’s a great idea. It’s just one more activity on the calendar that will bring more people in and add diversity and variety to the offerings downtown,” she said.

Huntzinger said she has heard different reactions from some restaurant owners since the FoodStruck announcement.

If the city takes steps to explore a change to the food-truck ordinance, Huntzinger said she would more formally poll downtown business owners to gauge opinions. In general, Huntzinger said, she’s in favor of adding businesses “as long as it’s a fair and equitable playing field.”

“Yes, we’re happy to talk about it. We’re happy to work with the city,” she said. “These are all really good indicators that things are moving in the right direction for our downtown. It’s not like nobody wants to come down here. These are good problems to have.”

– Erin James may also be reached at

Recommended Reading

Aug 11, 2013
Tim Lester

CHS Pics | The Seattle Street Food Festival comes to Capitol Hill

IMG_8671Ryan Reiter has some ambitious plans for Capitol Hill. His first venture definitely drew a crowd.

The first Capitol Hill episode of the Seattle Street Food Festival squeezed onto 11th Ave Saturday night under muggy, grey skies, with some bodacious lines — and featuring some of the best street food and street food-inspired providers in the city.

CHS first told you about Reiter’s plans for the Cal Anderson-abutting festival earlier this year as we detailed his ambitions to continue the family business with a Fremont Market sibling “European style Sunday market” here on Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, along with plenty of Capitol Hill faces — you can see the 2013 roster here — there were some other notable debuts on the night. Locals — and the CHS photo guy — were probably most enthused about the launch of the new vegan-powered Plum Burgers truck.


Plenty more pictures, below.

























Little Uncle broke out the popcicles

IMG_8778 IMG_8758 IMG_8747 IMG_8755 IMG_8735 IMG_8770

Recommended Reading

Aug 6, 2013
Kim Rivers

Fancy Food Truck Friday returns April 12 with some favorite gourmet trucks

by Timothy Rutt

April FFT Flyer 2013 1Yes, it’s springtime, and the second Friday of the month is coming — that means it’s the return of Fancy Food Truck Friday at the Webster’s complex parking lot, 2450 N. Lake Avenue.

On Friday, April 12, from 5-9 PM, Webster’s Community Pharmacy and Webster’s Liquors will host six food trucks as the monthly event returns after its winter hiatus.   In addition, customers will enjoy 20% special savings at Webster’s RX Gift Boutique and Webster’s Liquors. This sale is held exclusively during Fancy Food Truck Fridays only.

The Danny’s Farm mobile petting zoo will also be there from 6-8 PM, to meet the friendly animals.

The food truck line-up for April is:

  • Roll N Lobster
  • Rosas’s Bella Cucina
  • Hungry Nomad
  • Baby’s Badass Burgers
  • Me So Hungry
  • Sugar Babies Cupcakery

SponsorParking is available on the lot and on surrounding streets.  For more information, call  626-797-1163

Recommended Reading

Aug 2, 2013
Kim Rivers

B-52 Slider Squad food truck makes a better burger

In the trend-driven world of restaurants, sliders seem soooo five years ago.

But maybe that’s because most of those tiny burgers were just too tiny to top with anything interesting, and the thin meat patties tended to dry out.

B-52 Slider Squad, the food-truck version of B-52 Burgers and Brew in Inver Grove Heights, is trying to revamp the slider’s image with a perfect-for-lunch quarter-pound burger with carefully edited toppings. And the strategy is working.

The Bavarian Burger ($6) includes one of those patties, with decent char and a slight bit of pink in the middle, topped with raw onion and sharp German mustard and served on a soft pretzel roll. It’s simple and satisfying.

We also liked the not-necessarily-health-food Veggie Burger ($8), made from chewy quinoa, black beans and veggies. It’s deep-fried, which seems contradictory but gives the burger a fantastic crust while keeping the insides creamy and light.

However, the fries that come with both burgers, though a generous portion, are clearly formerly frozen, still limp and not nearly salty enough.

More appealing are the corn fritters ($6), crispy little balls of corn bread with a few sweet kernels of corn sprinkled throughout. And they’re even better when dipped in a slightly spicy chipotle dip.

B-52 Slider Squad: 651-451-3838,

Jess Fleming can be reached at 651-228-5435. Follow her at

Recommended Reading

About - Contact - Privacy - Terms of Service