Go for a Star-Studded Bite at These Top Celeb-Inspired Burger Joints
BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- Ask a cheeseburger buff to tell you the best burger joint in town and he or she will point you in the right direction. But where do you go to get your fill of flame-broiled flavor and fame in one bite? Just in time for National Cheeseburger Day (September 18), the travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have created their Top 10 Celeb-Inspired Cheeseburger Joints in the U.S., an A-list for those looking for a Hollywood twist to the most All-American of meals. Whether you're an Elvis die-hard or a political guru, there's a signature cheeseburger just waiting for you!
Here are five star-inspired cheeseburger joints that will leave you craving more:
- The Escondite, Los Angeles, California - Diners thirsting for nostalgia can stop by The Escondite, a trendy L.A. eatery with a retro vibe. Put on your blue suede shoes and nosh on "The Elvis," a burger patty topped with crunchy peanut butter, bananas and bacon strips. Or sail away to paradise with a Hawaiian-themed burger embellished with Canadian bacon, pineapples, jalapenos and teriyaki sauce named after singer Don Ho. Order a fountain drink on the side, complete with tiny bubbles. Can't decide if you want a burger or mac and cheese? Stop into the restaurant on Wednesday when the burger of the day is the "Mr. Furley," crowned with macaroni shells, cheddar cheese and bacon bits.
- Wahlburgers, Hingham, Massachusetts - You may be familiar with this greater Boston-area restaurant from A&E's popular reality show of the same name, depicting a behind-the-scenes look at the burger joint owned by Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg. Donnie's new wife, Jenny McCarthy, has even helped shape the menu, serving as the muse for "Jenny's Chicago Dog," a burger-of-the-month item featuring hot dog patties, tangy mustard, onions and pickles as a homage to McCarthy's hometown. The brothers may have started out as the new kids on the block, but they've proven their restaurateur success and are set to open new Wahlburgers locations throughout the northeast and Canada.
- Good Stuff Eatery, Washington, D.C. - Located in the heart of the nation's capital, Good Stuff Eatery is known for attracting high-profile diners including President Obama himself. In addition to featuring the "Prez" burger, this patriotic restaurant also gives First Lady Michelle Obama a nod. The "Michelle Melt" is a healthier version of the classic American staple and is made with a free range turkey burger, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce and a wheat bun. Something tells us Mrs. Obama, a health and fitness advocate, gives this meal her vote.
- Crave Real Burgers, Colorado - Craving something other than a typical cheeseburger? This Colorado favorite serves up colossal burgers with their own innovative twists. Take "The Luther," for example. Rumored to be named after legendary R&B singer Luther Vandross, this burger patty is sandwiched between two glazed donuts for a sweet and salty fix. Or you can try Crave Real Burgers' one-of-a-kind "The Nutty Professor" with peanut butter, bacon, jalapeños and onion. Don't eat red meat? Order "The Ben Franklin" filled with smoked turkey, avocado, chipotle mayo, bacon, lettuce and tomato. With so many choices, locals have no trouble finding a place to combat their late-night munchies.
- Grill 'Em All, Alhambra, California - A spoof on Metallica's "Kill 'Em All" album, this edgy eatery started out as a popular California food truck. The creative menu is definitely a crowd-pleaser, featuring items such as "The Dee Snider," a burger named after the Twisted Sister front man, topped with peanut butter, strawberry jam, bacon and Sriracha. Other popular choices include "The Paul Baloff," with Swiss cheese, pastrami, fried egg, dijon and pickles, and the "Rick Reuben," made with beer-braised kraut. Make sure to save room for Grill 'Em All's legendary side orders, including fries topped with buffalo chicken or duck confit, which will have your taste buds hitting the high notes.
And, if you have room in your belly for more, you can check out the other five restaurants that round out our list: Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Kuma's Corner, Chicago, Illinois; burger., Santa Cruz, California; Timothy Dean Burger, Largo, Maryland and Jaws Jumbo Burgers, Farmington Hills, Michigan. To see the juicy details of these and view the full Top 10 Celeb-Inspired Cheeseburger Joints in the U.S., visit: www.cheapflights.com/news/top-10-celeb-inspired-cheeseburger-joints-us.
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