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Brewsta's Burgers 2012

Brewsta's Burgers 2012

Brewsta's Annual Burger Ranking Roundup

Brewsta's Burgers 2012

Brewsta's Burgers 2012

Brewsta's Annual Burger Ranking Roundup


Published 28.11.2012
Last updated 08.11.2013

"You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars." Charles Kuralt

It's time again to talk seriously about burgers. My annual roundup of Prague's burgers is before you.

In 2008, I first started writing about all the burgers I had throughout the course of the year. With the 2011 list, even I was taken aback by all the burger love in the Czech Republic. The opinions and recommendations just kept on rolling.

I'd dare say that 2012 has been a great year. Many of Prague's purveyors of grilled ground beef patties on buns are stepping up their game.

Restaurants are grinding their own beef, fiddling with the fat content, using great grills, and custom-ordering their buns. I've had some burgers here that actually rival what I tasted recently at LT Burger, a top spot in New York City.

Sadly, I've also had a few burgers that momentarily made me regret this wonderfully unhealthy obsession of mine.

As always, I will repeat my standard disclaimer: This is not a list of the "best" burgers. It is a purely subjective survey of the ones I either liked or disliked the most, based on my personal taste.

What's my taste? I prefer flame-grilled beef seasoned with salt, perhaps pepper, and classic, American-style construction and toppings. I tend to look down on excessively creative reinterpretations of time-honored standards. I did my best, whenever possible, to compare bacon cheeseburgers or to keep the comparisons as similar as possible. I do not consider price as a main factor, but it does influence my thinking to a small degree.

The burgers below are a record of what I had and when I had them. If the burgers got better, worse, or changed significantly the week after I was there, that's too bad.

Here we go, from worst to first:

23. Katr Restaurant

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The Katr Burger (199 CZK) is served on a dense, toasted, ciabatta-like roll. It comes with mustard, chive mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle and red onion. Fries are included. The meat was terribly dry, dense, and difficult to chew. The cardboard-like texture was unpleasant. I asked for it to be prepared medium, but it was cooked all the way through. I could only eat half of it and gave up due to fatigue. This was the worst burger patty I've had since I began keeping records.

22. Fraktál

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In 2011, the Fraktal Burger (185 CZK) came in fifth place. Oh, how the mighty have fallen! I had it just a couple of weeks ago, and it went very wrong. The ground beef is the most important part of any burger, and this one had three significant pieces of gristle or sinew that were quite unpleasant to chew on. And chew on. The patty was way too salty. They have a wonderful flame grill at this restaurant that adds a lot of flavor. It would take a lot to screw up something grilled on it. They managed it. They even grilled the pre-cooked bacon to heat it up. I watched as it caught fire. I thought perhaps they had discovered a new method for cooking bacon. In fact, they discovered a way to give it the consistency of rope. It was harder to chew than the gristle. They also introduced a new "cornbread" bun. It was a little stale, and way too big for the 150 gram patty. There was a lot of it left at the end. I could go on, but I'll stop here.

21. Sokool

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This is the restaurant connected to the Sokol in Vinohrady on the edge of Riegrovy Sady. The one good thing you can say about this 200 gram burger (149 CZK) is that fairly large. They ground beef was dry and overcooked. What made it really unpleasant was the low-quality bun was soggy and soaked through with juices and/or some kind of sauce. It was hard to tell because it was also overloaded with ketchup, mustard, and mayo

20. Coyote Diners & Bar

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The name isn't the only strange thing about this place. The ground beef in the "Cheese-bacon burger" (149 CZK) had a strong, odd flavor. The meat was heavily seasoned and had a tang to it. It was a seasoning I've tasted before, but I could not put my finger on what it was. The burger would have been quite good without this extra flavor. I liked the bacon. The cheese was dull, processed stuff. The fries that came with it were very good. It comes with a topping or sauce of your choice. If I can give you one piece of good advice, avoid the "guacamole" under all circumstances. This concoction had a strange, mealy texture and tasted nothing like any avocado I've ever experienced. It was truly horrible.

19. Yes Burger

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This place has its fans, but I just say no. The bacon cheeseburger (70 CZK) was small. The patty was thin, overcooked, and tough. There was a miniscule amount of soft bacon. The cheddar was good. It came with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and too much ketchup. Fries cost extra. Frankly, I'd much rather have a small burger at Burger King for 20 CZK.

18. El Asador

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You would think that a restaurant that grills some of the best steaks you'll find in this country would make a top-notch burger. You'd be wrong. Things started poorly when the waiter told me it was not possible to cook the 150 gram patty to medium. I disagreed. The manager came and told me the El Asador Burger (285 CZK) was too thin and could only be cooked well done. Okaaaay. What came out was terribly bland. The patty and bun had grill marks but really no flavor from the grill. The meat needed salt. On the first bite, juices literally streamed out the back. But the grind was too fine, making it too dense. It did not come with bacon or cheese. There was a ton of mayo underneath, but no ketchup was included. There was an extra charge for a small dish of ketchup and it was cheap Czech stuff. I hate that. I believe Heinz is the only ketchup that should be served with burgers.

17. Café Palanda

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Several people highly recommended the Royal Cheeseburger (169 CZK) to me at the start of the year. It came with fried onion, garlic mayo, Red Leicester, pickles, and barbecue sauce. The big problem I have is that I don't really consider it a burger. The patty is more like a meatloaf than a burger patty. I wouldn't say it comes with bacon. It is more like a slab of pork belly. It actually tastes OK for what it is. But it was pretty frustrating because it was large, unwieldy, and completely fell apart.

16. True Blue

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I like this hidden little restaurant in Vršovice, mostly for its style. It has a retro-vibe and real character. The True Blue Burger with bacon and cheddar (149 CZK) looks OK. It was made with a hefty 200 grams of ground beef. Unfortunately, it was brought low by a tough, chewy patty. The tiny dish of ketchup wasn't nearly enough for both the burger and the included fries. The grilled onions were a nice touch.

15. James Dean

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I first ate this bacon cheddar burger (195 CZK) in January. It was also the last one I ate. I had no interest in trying it again. The menu said "200 grams ground beef burger." This is not right. There was pork in there. There's a school of thought that says beef/pork mixes are OK. I say it's not OK. I'm a 100% ground beef person. Just add salt. Whether it was the pork or a lower quality of beef or overgrinding, the texture of the patty was too dense and rubbery. On the plus side, the toasted bun was crispy, light, and sturdy. The bacon was perfectly cooked, smoky, and ranks with the best I've had in Prague. The cheddar was nicely melted and top quality. Fries are not included. Whatever you think of this burger, it doesn't matter. The restaurant has become a very popular nightspot, with people attracted by the bright, retro-American diner look. Or the attractive ladies perched on the stools after the lights are turned low in the evenings.

14. Belushi's at Mosaic House

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I hadn't had this burger for a long time. It used to be pretty good, but not great. The one I had at the beginning of the year was not good. The biggest problem? The overseasoned, rubbery, gristled ground beef. They cooked it well done, which I am against. The bacon was soft and very ham-like. The cheese was bland. The lettuce, tomato, and onion were underneath the patty, so they absorb its heat. This is a peeve of mine. I think these items should be on top or on the side to keep them from getting hot and mushy. Fries were included, but they were barely warm. The one nice thing I can say: it came on a good, toasted bun.

13. Burger King

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Every year, I include an offering from Burger King. This is my version of a "scientific control" of sorts. This limited edition, flame-broiled XXL Bacon Double Cheeseburger was enjoyable in its own limited way. Sure, the American cheese was too processed, but the bacon was better than usual. That charred beef flavor stays on your palate for a long time (sometimes too long). The point of including this burger is this: if I like a BK burger more than yours, be ashamed. Be very ashamed.

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12. Hergetova Cihelna

The Burger Royal goes against all my conservative burger instincts. Served on a brioche-like custom-made bun, the ground beef is wrapped around foie gras and topped with sun-dried tomato, sweet onion compote, and rucola. The high-quality patty had a delectable smoky char around the outside and was cooked medium rare. The creamy goose center was enjoyable, but I'd like the burger more without it. The two onion rings were greasy, but OK. The truffle mayo on the side for the fries took some getting used to. Miss P often expresses distaste for both burgers and my obsession with them. Neither of us could believe she actually liked this burger. I will add a caveat. I ate this at the beginning of the year. Two people I know and trust told me they tried it recently and found it bland and boring. I can't say how it is now. I just know mine was good.

11. Blackdog Cantina

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Many will be shocked that this near legendary restaurant about 40 kilometers from the center of Prague is not ranked near the top. These people did not eat what I ate. I went three times last year. The first burger was pretty good. The last two were both drastically overcooked. The menu says all burgers are cooked medium unless otherwise requested. The waiter confirmed that to me, but then it came out well done. And these were cooked both before and after the restaurant changed one American chef for another. Both I and a Czech friend had trouble finishing the Chupacabre Burger (130 CZK). Our jaws seriously got tired. To overcook that big, round 200 gram patty takes some doing. That said, just about everything else was delicious. The brioche-style buns are the best. The bacon, though too soft, was deliciously smoky. The ancho chili sauce was super nice and crazy spicy. If my burgers were cooked properly, they would leap toward the top.

10. Café Sladkovský

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I was very impressed with the Baconburger (160 CZK) the first time I had it this year. I tried it again a few weeks ago and was a little less excited. The 160 gram patty was peppery and tender, but the texture was a little too loose. I asked for it to be cooked medium, but it was not. I liked that the lettuce and tomato were on top. The cheese had nice cheddar flavor. The smoky, crunchy bacon was on the bottom, along with too much mayo. The BK style bun couldn't handle the moisture and didn't hold together at the very end. It's a pretty good home-style effort. Fries were not included.

9. TGI Friday's

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Yes, it's a chain, but it is American and they do know how to do pretty good standardized burgers. I had their bacon cheeseburger (249 CZK). A little tip here is that the burger at the Anděl location is 50 CZK cheaper than the more central locations in town. This one was reasonably thick, with my favorite flame-grilled flavor. They get extra points for having the toppings on the side. The perfectly round patty was a little too tightly packed and chewy. They went heavy on the salt. The crispy bacon was good but thin. There was too much bland, liquified cheese. I asked for it medium, but it came well done. It comes with a basic bun, but it fits the patty perfectly and held together all the way through.

8. Hard Rock Café

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The Legendary 10 oz. Burger (335 CZK) was a past winner. It really hit the flame-grilled spot when it first came to town.  Why doesn't it win every year? My tastes have changed. Now I look for burgers prepared with more loving, less corporate hands. This offering is a lot like TGI Friday's, but it is a pumped up version. The brioche-style bun carried its heft. The bacon was amazing, both crisp and tender. The cheddar was the real deal. They also get kudos for having the lettuce, pickles, and tomato on the side. The beef's grind was a little too fine. The patty was juicy but dense. I asked for it medium, but it came well done. I wish they made a smaller version. This burger is too massive for me to enjoy very often. The included fries were good. If the price bothers you, you better not order a Coke. It was 70 CZK. Now THAT will give you a heart attack.

7. Restaurace Jáma

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The cheddar burger with bacon (215 CZK) came in first last year. Many agreed. Many didn't. The main reason it did so well was simple: great ground beef with a good, rough grind. I ordered it cooked medium and it came out medium. That was again true this year. This one had soft, thick, smoky bacon. So why did it drop this year? Partly it is because of tough competition, but it is also due to some other issues. The cheese was not as good as I remembered. The meat was oversalted. The thing that bothered me the most was the Whopper-style bun. The first time I picked it up, my thumb went right through the bottom. The whole thing fell apart shortly afterward and turned into an unholy mess. In this day of great, bespoke buns, that kind of bread doesn't cut it at the top. The included fries were limp.

6. 500 Restaurant

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A serious foodie recommended I try the Supabuga 500 (189 CZK). I loved the flavor of the flame-grilled patty. The ground beef itself was not the highest quality, but still enjoyable. It was topped with nice, crispy, smoky bacon. I liked the sliced pickle. The cheddar was very melted but tasty. It lost points for greasy fried onion strings. Ketchup was pre-applied. I didn't really need the honey mustard sauce. The bun was weak. I wanted ketchup for my fries, which were few but good. The plastic packet of Heinz cost me 15 CZK.

5. Dish Fine Burger Bistro

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Is it fair to review a restaurant's burger the first day they open for business? Not really, but this small, fine-looking place opened right before my deadline. This Dish Burger (179 CZK) has serious potential. The bun was a beautiful thing. The bacon was crispy and crunchy. The beef has the perfect grind, giving it a tender consistency, and they didn't overcook the patty. I loved the special pickles. What needs improvement? First of all, there were three small pieces of unchewable gristle in my thick patty. I was not happy about that at all. It looks like they grind their own meat, and they need to step up the quality. I saw them salting it on their fancy new griddle, but the meat tasted bland. I asked for it cooked medium, and it actually came out rare. There was too much garlic aioli for my taste. I'm not a fan of their homemade ketchup. It tasted like lightly sweet tomato sauce. The burger is relatively small for the price, and fries are not included.


4. Krystal Mozaika Bistro

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I could only get to this restaurant during the day, so they would only do the lunch special burger (169 CZK), which does not include bacon. This was not the most American of burgers, but still excellent in its own right. The custom-baked bun has a crunchy, floury exterior and a lovely, soft interior. It was toasted and mayo with mustard seed was spread inside. Also in there were lettuce, tomato, and terrific grilled onions and mushrooms. The quality of the ground beef was really good. The salt level was just right, with perhaps a touch too much pepper. It was juicy and messy and comes with fries. Although it didn't fit my standard burger parameters, it is the exception that proves the rule. I really enjoyed it.

3. Bohemia Bagel in Holešovice

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The Bohemia burger with bacon and cheese (165 CZK) has been up and down over the years. This year it's up. The patty had a perfect char from the flame grill. The exterior flavor was the best, and that makes it a top choice for me, despite its faults. I asked for it medium, but no such luck. The crispy bacon was good. The salty cheese didn't have much flavor. Together, the cheese and bacon made up for the lack of salt on the beef. The custom-baked bun was sturdy and held together as always. But it was also somewhat stale and chewy. The homemade fries that come with it were crispier than they used to be, but still not crispy enough.

2. The Tavern

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The burgers at this relatively new American-run joint have a big following, and I count myself as a dedicated follower. Although I love many things from their burger-centric menu, the bacon cheeseburger (185 CZK) is among my favorites. This burger is the closest thing to America's burger cult favorite, In-N-Out Burger. I was there last year in California. The Tavern's burgers are actually far better. The Tavern's custom-made buns are soft, yet strong. The patty has just the right amount of salt and a tender, yet substantial consistency. Although they say it is topped with pancetta, it's a close cousin of the lightly crisp yet still pliant and smoky American-style bacon I crave. It also has English cheddar, ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles, and onion. I gave minor demerits for putting the cold toppings on the bottom and too many sauces smeared on the bun.

1. Mood Restaurant

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The Mood Classic Burger (225 CZK) is a newcomer on the scene. It comes from the kitchen of a veteran American chef. The burger includes sublime smoked cheddar, but they will add bacon for no extra charge. The top quality ground beef patty from a custom grind was hefty, wonderfully smoky from a lava grill, and just juicy enough. I asked for it medium and it was cooked medium. The beef makes or breaks a burger, and this patty's quality and cooking made it a star. It sits on top of lettuce, tomato, and mayo. As always, I wish those were not underneath. They now supply bottles of Heinz ketchup with their burgers and fries. The cheese was covered with perfectly crispy bacon. I was told the bun is custom-baked for Mood by a top Prague bakery. I love the crunchy curly fries that come with it. This burger is not cheap, but I think it is worth it. I surveyed six friends who have tried both Mood and The Tavern and the vote was 4-2 in favor of Mood (including my vote). It was close, even in my own mind. For this year's competition, I didn't include The Tavern's Blue Smoke Burger because I was comparing bacon cheeseburgers, but that was one of the best things I've eaten all year, anywhere.

So that's my list. If you disagree, feel free to make your own. I'd seriously love to see it, especially if it has great burgers I have yet to try. I'm always looking for a new winner.

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Comment from: Brewsta Published: 02:20:09 15.03.2013
I disagree that homemade fries are less crispy by definition. It's just that making them crispy can be a laborious and time-consuming process. It was done at a restaurant I used to work at. It can involve washing or soaking the potatoes, possibly for hours, in water to remove excess starch, then some chefs cook them once, cool them, and then cook them again at a very high oil temperature. Most restaurants don't want to go through all the steps and work required. The types of potato and oil used can also affect crispness.
Comment from: limanator Published: 02:52:00 13.03.2013
Brewsta should not be so obsessed with crispy homemade fries. By definition, a homemade fry is less crispy than frozen since it is from a real potato. So it should be crispy on the outside, and nice n tender on the inside. There are too many frozen fries in this country anyway, so let's praise homemade fries. From a French Canadian, Pat
Comment from: Krtecek Published: 10:58:25 18.02.2013
@confusedman How do you do write objectively about a meal you had? Opinions on service, indecent, rude, timewasting etc is also subjective and people's opinions will vary. Ditto for opinions on food, dirty environment, overpriced etc. People's standards vary. So for a purely objective review you would end up with a weights and measures exercise, 10 minutes 42 seconds after the initial order I received a 254g burger with lettuce and two slices of tomato... Beer, while served cold at 7 deg C was 22ml short of the requested 500ml. etc. does that sound more interesting?
Comment from: ConfusedMan Published: 10:19:04 18.02.2013
Now that's the same reason I have said no one should give us "reviews" anymore? Good or bad food us ABSOLUTELY subjective. OK. Are the restaurant's attendants indecent, rude, time wasters, etc. Did you find "something" in the food, environ dirty, food over priced, etc...? Then let us know.
Dan(Guest) Published: 12:35:27 18.02.2013
Went to Mood the other day. It was a complete disaster. The burgers were avarage and overpriced. The Tavern is far better and we can't take this review seriously anymore ((
Comment from: Published: 03:55:22 12.01.2013
Brewsta we love your reviews. Thank you.
Comment from: Brewsta Published: 03:20:41 08.01.2013
Thanks, Godfather. I'll add it to the list for 2013
Comment from: Published: 12:20:24 08.01.2013
Brewsta, I always appreciate your reviews, particularly on the burgers. I realise there are many other places apart from the ones you have reviewed but you must try the bacon cheeseburger at Sherwood on Opelatova. The fries are home made and the best I have tasted in Prague (albeit you don't get many). The lettuce and tomato are on the top of the patty so easily removed if you don't like them. Do me a favour and give the place a visit, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Comment from: Good_Will Published: 11:30:52 30.12.2012
My recommended cheeseburger recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=4XfLjK3o6GE&NR=1 Cheers, Will
Comment from: Published: 04:46:15 16.12.2012
Hi Brewsta. Please send an email to fraktalbar@email.cz and I'll resend. Thanks!
Comment from: Brewsta Published: 04:22:03 16.12.2012
Fraktalbar, it's not my style to ignore an email like that. I didn't see one on my Expats.cz account or my czplease Gmail account so I don't know what happened there. As you know, I've rated Fraktal highly in the past, but just related my experience this time around. I'm glad to hear the issues have been addressed. I'll certainly be back in the next year to try it for myself.
Comment from: Published: 04:09:09 16.12.2012
Hi All, We sent Brewsta an email but haven't heard back from him. We'll post that in a separate thread if you'd like. We're not sure when he came, but we had a time where we had just changed meat purveyors and they hadn't shown up with our delivery so we were forced to go out and get some meat from the butchers. We also had issues with the bakery making the buns too big. All of these things coincided for a few days and our product was definitely not to our standards. The rest of what he wrote we've addressed as a team and are confident we have worked out the issues. We've undertaken an overhaul of our kitchen in the past 3 months, bringing in better meats and ingredients and doing new lunches. We've received a great write up in Hospodarske Noviny and invite you all to come and try some of the new things. As for the burgers we'd like to invite you for a free burger to see if you agree with this review. The first 10 people to come and mention this review will receive the burger of their choice for FREE. We ask only that you write your feedback to us on our facebook page. Good or bad. Thanks and hope to see you soon! Fraktal
Comment from: EvgenyM Published: 12:55:28 07.12.2012
I am not a burger expert, but I really liked the big burger at Wine Food Market in Smichov. I recommended it to my friends who like burgers and they were very happy about it.
Comment from: Tuco Published: 04:56:55 04.12.2012
He definitely is friends or has somekind of deal with Tavern it even made it onto his "cheap eats" article on his blog ffs! If there is one thing that place is not its cheap!
Comment from: Published: 12:26:35 04.12.2012
I have to add a midnight concern, a small shady bar, known locally as Shadow Bar, dimly lit in the cold night of November, good beer, cozy atmosphere....and a Burger Menu....just a Burger, with Cheddar, Jalapeno, or Hermalin, cooked to order on a tiny grill behind the bar, (at midnight) was....one of my worst nightmares....15 minutes later I was just praying it was cooked, properly....time passed, and then they all arrived (we were 8 people up) and the best burger I have ever had, in Europe, Americas or Asia arrived..... simply try this, it will affect your list, your results and your opinion for ever......Na Zizkove, Husitska 45
Comment from: Published: 09:46:58 04.12.2012
@musico Your absolutely right, I do not have to read his reviews. However, I am assuming (rightly or wrongly) that he gets paid for these articles. If so, he has been hired to create hits on this website, in order to attract advertisers which pay for the creation of this website. If that is the case it means the readers are the end customer and as a customer I have the right to have a opinion (wether it is a good or bad opinion is again beside the point). The fact that Brewsta's articles create such divisive opinion's is not the point, it is the number of opinion's that is important for a site like this. Hate mail is just as good as positive feedback, the advertiser's do not care. My main beef with his writing is not so much that he is a good or bad writer (there are lots of bad writer's who are entertaining and/or informative) but how one eyed American it is. He is not the only one, it seems to me this website is getting more and more focused on American expats which for me anyway is highly annoying as we are in the middle of Europe. Maybe they could rename the website to “Expats USA”.
Adam(Guest) Published: 10:41:33 03.12.2012
Wow , can't believe people have this much time to actually whine about a burger review.. Hats off to Mood, the American chef knows his food.. Burgers included.
musico(Guest) Published: 04:16:41 02.12.2012
I understand that one might not agree with some reviews but I think that there are a few frustrated grumpy boots round here... Brewsta, with whom I often disagree myself, does not need anyone defending him but as someone said, if you don´t like his reviews, don´t read them. Or write your own reviews, open a blog and you´ll see that people will read it if you write well. This is a list based on his taste, he explained many times why he includes BK, so deal with it, ok? Said that, I also think that The Tavern is not such a fantastic burger but truly the place and the service are amazing so that´s definitely a plus. My favourite is Bistro Mosaika because of the ciabatta-style of bread. Mood is also good but not the best for me. Still, I don´t need to insult the reviewer to say this...
Comment from: Published: 10:03:16 02.12.2012
went to Burger King, they dont actually sell the Big King XXL in this country (that is the burger reviewed) so I am questioning the other reviews
Comment from: ducaticanine Published: 08:00:05 01.12.2012
went to The Tavern.. Burger was i'd say an 8/10 (not sure it should be at #2 here). meat consistency was a bit odd but still nice and tasty. my girlfriends veggie burger was excellent. and more than anything the service was absolutely perfect. super friendly people and atmosphere.will go back for sure.. cant wait to try the Mood Burger next...
Jennifer(Guest) Published: 06:41:05 01.12.2012
If you don't like this guy's writing style, don't read it! Brewsta has always been a bad writer and he will always be. The question is why does Expats.cz keeps him on board when they have some very decent writers? He might know food, so he could recommend a restaurant to one of the writers so they can write a proper review. My theory is that Expats keeps him because he gives the site so many hits from people (like me) who visit his section just to read the negative comments (which have turned out to be more interesting than the information he provides).
Comment from: Published: 11:34:29 30.11.2012
@beefburger My comment does sound a bit harsh, was feeling a bit negative this morning, aldo in essence I stand by what I wrote. Could have maybe toned it down a bit. As far as people clicking buttons - I do not see a button saying “I dislike this”. So 640 does not constitute a true endorsement of anything other than 640 people know how to use there mouse.
beefburger(Guest) Published: 10:00:28 30.11.2012
@fld - I thought it was an interesting read and by the look of the 640 people that ''liked'' the article it seems that the hatters are in the minority
Comment from: Published: 09:11:35 30.11.2012
Intelligent food reviewer?????????? This is a review on Hamburgers! Only in America could you ever associate this with intelligence or as a serious food review. Also anybody who pay's 150 CZK+ for some minced meat in a bun should have there head examined. @Brewsta - please tell everyone how many restaurants here in Prague have the equipment to do proper flame grilled meat???? I am kind of sick of hearing this term as well as your unnatural obsession with American Cheddar, dead meat and then there is your childish habit of giving all your mates school boy nicknames. I am sure you are a intelligent person, anybody who can make a living by writing this rubbish has got to be. How about showing everybody what you are made of by writing a half descent review next time.
Comment from: Published: 10:22:17 29.11.2012
I stopped reading at Burger King. I am sorry but why is that here? Burger Kinds food is made in a factory and reheated in the place. I thought Brewsta was supposed to be an intelligent food reviewer? this is crazy to put Burger King down. I am not sure if I can take any future reviews seriously after seeing that, and I have only read three of your reviews.
Gwynnie(Guest) Published: 08:15:57 29.11.2012
Try Pravěk, they have some fine burgers.... even the little restaurant called Roháč, near Michelská tram stop, does some good ones. Also Zapomenuty Čas has lamb burgers with guacamole... mmm.
Comment from: Published: 09:42:59 29.11.2012
I never know why Jama was so popular with expats. I have been here 7 years now and I have been there three times. All three times the same - bad food and bad service. In fact the service is disgraceful, one of the worse in Prague and that is saying a lot as they have some stiff competition for that title.
Comment from: planetpacman Published: 08:57:09 29.11.2012
Jama has been going downhill. Especially the service. Everytime Im there I feel like they are adding a beer or two to the bill or move beers from happy hour to after happy hour ones. I used to go there quite often, now I prefer to skip it.
Majkl(Guest) Published: 12:22:31 29.11.2012
What about Domino burger and Butch´s burger (one of the cheapest)? And did you tried burger in Cafe Imperial (237 CZK). Keep going..
JJ(Guest) Published: 06:47:36 28.11.2012
'The ground beef is the most important part of any burger'.............so pleased you got that much right Mr. 'Expert'.
Comment from: Tuco Published: 05:55:33 28.11.2012
Tavern is HUGELY over rated, been there twice the burger I was ok but the bun so soggy it fell apart in my hands so next time I was invited by friends to go there I went for the puled pork sandwich was almost 80% coleslaw, felt cheated! They could step up a notch by including fries in the price that would certainly make it better value
Comment from: Published: 05:39:09 28.11.2012
Yeah, thanks Brewsta. You just keep educating me in the art of American fine dining. God how time flies, I can still remember last years review when I finally learned the term flame grilled. I just about have everything flame grilled now. Look forward to next years burger review.
Comment from: Published: 04:47:53 28.11.2012
Have you not tried James Joyce.....great burger.....its the best one for me.
Comment from: Brewsta Published: 02:47:16 28.11.2012
Good point cs. I'll try to get it fixed
Comment from: cs79 Published: 02:16:38 28.11.2012
Agree the Tavern's Blue Smoke Burger is the best burger I have ever tasted. Ever. p.s. Red Leicester is not cheddar. Its Red Leicester.
Comment from: Brewsta Published: 01:56:12 28.11.2012
nramundo -- just to soothe your shock, this is not a top 20 (or 23) list. It's a ranking of all the burgers I had this year. It's a bit of a joke, but those that did better than Burger King are decent to great. Those rated below BK are poor to shameful.
Comment from: SpawnMeister666 Published: 01:21:03 28.11.2012
I always used to love Jama, but since they branched out with the new restaurants there doesn't seem to be the same amount of care going into either the food or the service that there used to be. Fraktal is somewhere that has always been near the top of my list for steaks in Prague, although I haven't made it over there for a while, but I've never gotten round to trying their burgers
Comment from: Published: 12:50:54 28.11.2012
I totally 100% agree with the Mood burger being the best out of the one's I have tried on your list......but I am totally shocked that James Dean Restaurant would be on anyone's list of good food let alone a top 20 burger list!!! The worst burger I have personally had in the 3+ years in Prague.....and trust me, in a city with mediocre at best burgers, I have had a lot of terrible attempts at the art of burger making........James Dean is horrendous! That being said I will look to try the places I haven't yet which made your list. Thanks, DDP
Kiska(Guest) Published: 11:26:50 28.11.2012
I have been following your burger reviews since you first started publishing your fav's in 2008. I will have to check out the newbies on this list- thanks!
Comment from: animaleyes76 Published: 11:09:40 28.11.2012
Agree with coco. Jama has been so consistently terrible i wouldn't even eat it if you paid me. The one i'm really shocked about is Fraktals. About 3-4 months ago it was definitely one of the best about :(
Comment from: coco Published: 09:58:27 28.11.2012
Mood and Mozaika, my two faves. Always hated Jama. Stale old disintegrating bread, rubbery burgers, unfriendly service. Glad to see its gone down a few pegs.