Burger quest

Round 1: Manchester Central – Almost Famous vs Byron

A burger is usually the last thing I’d dream of ordering from a menu, in fact I’d usually even go as far as saying I am not a fan. “SAY WHAAATT!” I hear you shouting. I know, I know. It all harks back to university and post drink hankerings for food. Those of you that know Sunderland or went to University there will remember the beauty of a Chilino’s ‘dirty burger’ after a night at the point! Never the less I’m sure we have all had that experience after a night out. Needless to say that put me off the taste of burgers for a good few years.

So why would i put myself though this? Well it happens to be my fiancée’s favourite food! After years of coming up with other places and dodging the ‘burger joints’ I decided to bite the bullet and get over it… Surely nothing could go wrong? I had one, figured it wasn’t so bad and have eaten a few mediocre burgers since. Surely it had to get better I asked myself. So I have decided to jump on the bandwagon and join the quest for the best burger in a 10 mile radius!

Obviously there had to be some ground rules:

  • The burger has to be as simple as offered
  • I had to be hungry to fully appreciate it
Almost Famous – Famous Burger
Now I am most definitely not a burger aficionado however I do know what I like! The first burger to set the bar was the famous burger from Almost Famous. At £8.00 with no sides it was reasonably priced for a city centre burger.

As required I was hungry and definitely looking to wrap my jaws around a burger. I was disappointed as at the time, all the burgers had cheese on (I am most definitely not a cheese fan). I asked for it without and it took a while to arrive and yet it still came with cheese. At that time I was ravenous and thought ahh well, I’m sure it’ll do. 

The famous burger was not to be sniffed at, two well seasoned beef patties, cheese, lettuce and sauce on a brioche bun, this thing was so big it needed a kebab stick through to stop it sliding about. I took the first bite expecting to be disappointed and I was most definitely not! The burger was juicy and full of flavour despite being well done and the brioche bun was soft. Definitely a high standard to beat. I was starting my quest with a very respectable 7!

Byron – Classic Burger
So the competition? The classic burger from Byron. At £6.75 it was one of the cheaper burgers I found. Firstly they asked me how I’d like my burger cooked, who does that? I was wonderfully surprised. I’m a girl that likes my red meat medium rare and that was what I opted for. 

When my burger came it was cooked to perfection. A well seasoned patty on a crisp toasted brioche bun giving it a good colour, it had the standard lettuce, as well as a slice of (what looked to be) beef tomato and red onion for crunch with a decent sized dollop of mayonnaise. It was served with a huge wedge of pickle. Nothing faffy about it just awesome, well cooked meat. The patty was thick and well seasoned and had a lovely caramelised edge.

Hands down this was the best burger I have EVER tasted so far! It is everything I believe a good burger should be, the meat spoke for itself, was full of flavour and was cooked how I want it and not how someone else thinks I should have it. A solid 9 on the burgometer  : )

I have to say, I am getting excited about trying out it’s rivals x


Published by Bea's Bites Online

Hi! I'm Bea, as well as being new to the world of blogging I have been a food teacher in secondary schools for four years. I live just outside Manchester and all its foodie offerings. I'll be posting all about travel, food I enjoy, whether it's at a restaurant, a recipe I've trialled or something I have knocked up myself. I will also add a few drinks here and there because let's face it, it's got to be done! I am lucky enough to have grown up with a variety of influences, my mum is from Zimbabwe, my dad is from Ghana and I grew up in a village in the North West, so food has always been a blend and balance of cultures for me. From being little, food has played a large part in our family, whether it be for celebrations, commiserations or comfort. I began helping out in the kitchen from a young age and was fortunate enough to be given the reins on occasion from about the age of 11. I love being in the kitchen and having the opportunity to create something to make others smile. Whether it be an autumnal main or a gooey dessert :) I have 3 bottomless pits I call brothers as well as a fiance and they are more than happy to try what I make and be extremely blunt so I welcome all comments : ) I am a total believer in happy eating. Food should put a smile on your face no matter if it is a weekday after work dinner or a special occasion. I love following recipes and do think it is sometimes a necessity but I also think that food should be personal and geared towards what you like and I hope this comes across in my blog. I hope you enjoy reading my posts, let me know if you stop by, it will definitely put a smile on my face! Please don't hesitate to get in touch, my email is: beasbitesonline@hotmail.com If you have any posts you'd like to see then please feel free to Email me, DM me on Instagram, Facebook or Tweet me and I'll do my best : ) I hope I'll get a chance to chat to you. Bea x

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