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Cheeseburger All The Way
Roy's Big Burger offers a blast of small-town nostalgia where a drive-in was THE place to hang out. A griddled beef patty with American cheese, mustard, shredded lettuce, tomato and onion. Plan to wait a bit upon ordering with this neighborhood favorite. 5200 Lakeside Ave., 262-8775.
When you need to satisfy both your burger and barbecue urges, this burger at Caliente fills the bill. It's topped with a thick slice of smoked beef brisket, onion rings, smoked Gouda and barbecue sauce. And on Tuesdays, it's half price. 2922 Park Ave., 340-2920.
Held every year on the third weekend of September, the Armenian Food Festival offers a variety of tempting choices, but I keep coming back for the burger — a traditional mixture of ground sirloin and lamb with fresh herbs and Armenian spices. The men of the church grill them up for festival attendees to eat with pita bread. St. James Armenian Church, 834 Pepper Ave., 282-3818.
At Station 2 , there are tasty toppings galore — potato shingles (thick-cut potato chips), bacon, onion straws and beer cheese (more like a cheese sauce). It's the ultimate in decadent overindulgence. The naturally raised angus beef comes from Buffalo Creek Beef in Lexington. Enjoy it with one of the many draft brews available. 2016 E. Main St., 249-4702.
I prefer mine on Texas toast with sautéed onions and cilantro-avocado sour cream. Burgerworks (shown) lets you build your own dream burger by selecting the meat, bun and toppings. With so many options, you'll return time and again to perfect your burger vision. 10321 W. Broad St., 527-2747.