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  • Post #31 - April 5th, 2010, 3:56 pm
    Post #31 - April 5th, 2010, 3:56 pm Post #31 - April 5th, 2010, 3:56 pm
    JohnH wrote:Additionally, I cannot believe that the legendary Chef Jean Joho would put his name on it by saying "emburger" according to the press release.


    When the boss says "Say emburger", you say "How high?" :roll:
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #32 - April 5th, 2010, 4:05 pm
    Post #32 - April 5th, 2010, 4:05 pm Post #32 - April 5th, 2010, 4:05 pm
    The Press Release wrote:If Midwestern beef burgers are what you crave, try them atop an oven fresh bun and with crisp lettuce, onions, sharp American cheese and savory bacon


    Sharp American Cheese? I'd say that sounds like a major breakthrough, except for the fact that processed, emulsified, detexturized post-milk mass wouldn't meet my definition (not even to get into the legal definition) of cheese even if it were sharp. I hope this means "a sharp cheese, produced in America," but fear otherwise.
  • Post #33 - April 5th, 2010, 4:05 pm
    Post #33 - April 5th, 2010, 4:05 pm Post #33 - April 5th, 2010, 4:05 pm
    I thought that was the secret password! Got a great promotion....you cannot enter unless you know the secret word shhhh..say "emburger"! :lol:
  • Post #34 - April 5th, 2010, 4:23 pm
    Post #34 - April 5th, 2010, 4:23 pm Post #34 - April 5th, 2010, 4:23 pm
    Their picture of the M burger looks cold, with the unmelted slice of cheese in the middle. Very unappetizing. Never seen an In-N-Out with unmelted cheese.
    This looks much better;
    http://tulsafoodblog.com/talk/wp-conten ... t_dd_a.jpg
  • Post #35 - April 5th, 2010, 4:40 pm
    Post #35 - April 5th, 2010, 4:40 pm Post #35 - April 5th, 2010, 4:40 pm
    Mikey wrote:Their picture of the M burger looks cold, with the unmelted slice of cheese in the middle. Very unappetizing. Never seen an In-N-Out with unmelted cheese.
    This looks much better;
    http://tulsafoodblog.com/talk/wp-conten ... t_dd_a.jpg

    The real life version was just like that too. The "cheese" was completely unmelted. And the bun had been toasted, but quite some time ago. It had the look of a toasted bun, but was cold and completely limp.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #36 - April 5th, 2010, 4:52 pm
    Post #36 - April 5th, 2010, 4:52 pm Post #36 - April 5th, 2010, 4:52 pm
    So much hatred. I've had it a couple times and think it's good for what it is. I wasn't expecting WASC or Edzo's or DMK so maybe that's why. I musta set my expectations low. Or maybe it's the close proximity to my office and it being a new place to eat in an area that doesn't leave much to be desired food wise. That being said, I can usually find a little something I like about whatever I eat unless it is completely horrid. I don't think 'emburger' is completely horrid.

    Is it a destination burger? Absolutely not. I would never go out of my way for it. Hell, when my office moves I'm sure we won't think of it again. But if I'm walking around there again I would stop in and grab a burger for a few bucks. To each there own.
    "I Like Food, Food Tastes Good" - The Descendants
  • Post #37 - April 5th, 2010, 8:12 pm
    Post #37 - April 5th, 2010, 8:12 pm Post #37 - April 5th, 2010, 8:12 pm
    I don't think hatred is a good word...as its not like we are picketing out there and spraying ketchup on their windows or anything like that, yet? :twisted:
    It was a discussion on how we liked or disliked a burger joint. Does it satisfy a need in the area sure but I think with the expectations of LEYE some of us expected a little more from them (or at least I did). If it was a choice between TGI fridays or Mcdonalds in the area, I would definately go back to the Mburger for a quick sandwich but a mediocre burger coming from LEYE is a suprise. At least throw a little Wildfire on it.

    And I am sure if Chef Joho put the burger together....I would be first in line!
  • Post #38 - April 6th, 2010, 11:54 am
    Post #38 - April 6th, 2010, 11:54 am Post #38 - April 6th, 2010, 11:54 am
    thepld wrote:So much hatred. I've had it a couple times and think it's good for what it is. I wasn't expecting WASC or Edzo's or DMK so maybe that's why. I musta set my expectations low. Or maybe it's the close proximity to my office and it being a new place to eat in an area that doesn't leave much to be desired food wise. That being said, I can usually find a little something I like about whatever I eat unless it is completely horrid. I don't think 'emburger' is completely horrid.

    Is it a destination burger? Absolutely not. I would never go out of my way for it. Hell, when my office moves I'm sure we won't think of it again. But if I'm walking around there again I would stop in and grab a burger for a few bucks. To each there own.



    Far from "hatred." But this is about the lukewarmest "positive" review I've ever read (not "completely horrid"!), and pretty much replicates the impression most others have been giving.
    "The fork with two prongs is in use in northern Europe. In England, they’re armed with a steel trident, a fork with three prongs. In France we have a fork with four prongs; it’s the height of civilization." Eugene Briffault (1846)
  • Post #39 - April 8th, 2010, 11:02 am
    Post #39 - April 8th, 2010, 11:02 am Post #39 - April 8th, 2010, 11:02 am
    Sorry...Shoulda said, so much hatred :wink:

    Personally, I think everyone was ripping it more than I did in my 'lukewarm' review. I said it was 'not completely horrid' cause that's the impression I got from the other reviewers, that they though it was horrid. It happens alot, things get lost in translation via this medium.
    "I Like Food, Food Tastes Good" - The Descendants
  • Post #40 - April 9th, 2010, 4:22 pm
    Post #40 - April 9th, 2010, 4:22 pm Post #40 - April 9th, 2010, 4:22 pm
    I liked it. They screwed my order up (was opening day) but I haven't yet gone to get the missing burger.

    Double M was the way to go.
    http://www.chicagofoodies.com/2010/03/m ... right.html
    "Yum"
    -- Everyone

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  • Post #41 - April 9th, 2010, 8:36 pm
    Post #41 - April 9th, 2010, 8:36 pm Post #41 - April 9th, 2010, 8:36 pm
    A friend of mine works down the street, mentioned it to me today and told me she loved it. I told her I'd check on here and see what people are saying. Not sure whether I'd rush downtown to try it, but if I worked there....
  • Post #42 - April 26th, 2010, 9:27 pm
    Post #42 - April 26th, 2010, 9:27 pm Post #42 - April 26th, 2010, 9:27 pm
    Surprisingly for LTH, 2 whole pages of posts and not a single photo. Here's what all the buzz is about:

    Hamburger:
    Image

    Just looking at this thing gives me a little chuckle. At least there's that.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #43 - April 26th, 2010, 9:31 pm
    Post #43 - April 26th, 2010, 9:31 pm Post #43 - April 26th, 2010, 9:31 pm
    thanks for the pic, kenny.

    on a side note, what kind of vicious animal bit into that thing? is the burger tiny or does whoever bit that thing have the biggest mouth ever?

    I have never understood what would posses someone to opt for shredded lettuce on a burger. bleh.
    Last edited by elakin on April 27th, 2010, 5:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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  • Post #44 - April 26th, 2010, 9:35 pm
    Post #44 - April 26th, 2010, 9:35 pm Post #44 - April 26th, 2010, 9:35 pm
    That pic is MacDonalds-esque.
  • Post #45 - April 26th, 2010, 9:39 pm
    Post #45 - April 26th, 2010, 9:39 pm Post #45 - April 26th, 2010, 9:39 pm
    elakin wrote:on a side note, what kind of vicious animal bit into that thing? is the burger tiny or does whoever bit that thing have the biggest mouth ever?

    Well, I was hungry :)

    The burgers are maybe a little smaller than a Mickey D's regular hamburger. Why people think this is a bargain at nearly 3X the McD price, I have no idea. I would like to note that that picture is of a burger that I did not doctor in any way. It's the single hamburger as served at M burger. No, I did not add that ridiculous quantity of ketchup. No, the shredded lettuce was not my idea. And no, I did not decide to create my own version of a factory-formed, tiny-little flavorless patty. The M Burger is nothing more than a ketchup delivery vehicle. It has no other purpose I can think of. I do like ketchup, but there are better ways.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #46 - April 26th, 2010, 9:47 pm
    Post #46 - April 26th, 2010, 9:47 pm Post #46 - April 26th, 2010, 9:47 pm
    I don't get the appeal of the place at all, but here are some more charitable pics. If they're going for In 'N Out-esque, they've got a ways to go. They're far from terrible, especially for the price, but the lines are inexplicable.

    Image

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    Image
  • Post #47 - April 27th, 2010, 10:34 am
    Post #47 - April 27th, 2010, 10:34 am Post #47 - April 27th, 2010, 10:34 am
    that pic looks slightly better.

    I have to ask--why chopped onions on a burger rather than rings? why shredded lettuce rather than leaves?

    I simply cannot understand informed culinary people making those choices. Is there an upside to those choices that I'm not grasping? Anyone?
    Last edited by elakin on April 27th, 2010, 5:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    http://edzos.com/
    Edzo's Evanston on Facebook or Twitter.

    Edzo's Lincoln Park on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Post #48 - April 27th, 2010, 10:37 am
    Post #48 - April 27th, 2010, 10:37 am Post #48 - April 27th, 2010, 10:37 am
    elakin wrote:I simply cannot understand informed culinary people making those choices. Is there an upside to those choices that I'm not grasping? Anyone?

    In all seriousness, it seems to me that M Burger is just trying to recreate McDonalds hamburgers using what they think are better ingredients. As for why - well, I guess because it sells.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #49 - April 27th, 2010, 10:38 am
    Post #49 - April 27th, 2010, 10:38 am Post #49 - April 27th, 2010, 10:38 am
    After seeing those pics, I'm shocked by the ordinary quality of those burgers! That's what people are standing in line for?
  • Post #50 - April 27th, 2010, 10:43 am
    Post #50 - April 27th, 2010, 10:43 am Post #50 - April 27th, 2010, 10:43 am
    MarlaCollins'Husband wrote:
    Image


    That cheese appears to be defying gravity. Perhaps they should revamp their marketing strategy.
    -Josh

    I've started blogging about the Stuff I Eat
  • Post #51 - April 27th, 2010, 10:45 am
    Post #51 - April 27th, 2010, 10:45 am Post #51 - April 27th, 2010, 10:45 am
    The MBurger is what happen's when you create a burger by committee, and include the accountant's.
    Their marketing has been the only bright spot, they certainly are getting people in the door.
  • Post #52 - April 27th, 2010, 10:50 am
    Post #52 - April 27th, 2010, 10:50 am Post #52 - April 27th, 2010, 10:50 am
    elakin wrote:that pic looks slightly better. not by much, though.

    I have to ask--why chopped onions on a burger rather than rings? why shredded lettuce rather than leaves?

    I simply cannot understand informed culinary people making those choices. Is there an upside to those choices that I'm not grasping? Anyone?

    My theory is that it's all about efficiency for Lettuce Entertain You places. Chopped lettuce and onions can easily go in salads and saves on the need to have more storage and extra prep. I've noticed this at Wow Bao -- the vegetables on the Chinese Vegetable Salad are the same size as vegetables in the Kung Pao Chicken and the bao fillings.
    -Mary
  • Post #53 - April 27th, 2010, 12:00 pm
    Post #53 - April 27th, 2010, 12:00 pm Post #53 - April 27th, 2010, 12:00 pm
    The talk of outrageous lines may be a bit overblown...I've been twice (as it's down the street from my office) and both visits took 5-10 minutes (from arriving to ordering to receiving food). Slower than getting something standard at McDonald's, surely, but also much faster than sitting down and ordering at Boston Blackie's. It's in between...and it's fine for what it is. The last time I went to Blackie's my bill (with a burger, soda, tax & tip) was over $18. I think a double-M and shake for less than $9 is a pretty good alternative.
  • Post #54 - April 27th, 2010, 12:05 pm
    Post #54 - April 27th, 2010, 12:05 pm Post #54 - April 27th, 2010, 12:05 pm
    kl1191 wrote:The last time I went to Blackie's my bill (with a burger, soda, tax & tip) was over $18.

    Either you tipped close to 100%, you ordered something else, they made a mistake on the bill, or this just isn't true. A Blackie's burger is $7.99. $8.99 with a bunch of toppings.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #55 - April 27th, 2010, 12:25 pm
    Post #55 - April 27th, 2010, 12:25 pm Post #55 - April 27th, 2010, 12:25 pm
    Kennyz wrote:
    kl1191 wrote:The last time I went to Blackie's my bill (with a burger, soda, tax & tip) was over $18.

    Either you tipped close to 100%, you ordered something else, they made a mistake on the bill, or this just isn't true. A Blackie's burger is $7.99. $8.99 with a bunch of toppings.


    I was a once-a-weeker at Blackie's before that last time and had generally been in the $12 check range. Not sure what changed the last time. I had a cheddar burger with bbq sauce and grilled onions and a goose island root beer. I tip generously, but usually not more than 30%. I recall the burger being over $10 on the receipt...I don't know if I was charged for the wrong item or if they recently increased their prices. Either way, it's out of my regular rotation.
  • Post #56 - April 27th, 2010, 12:31 pm
    Post #56 - April 27th, 2010, 12:31 pm Post #56 - April 27th, 2010, 12:31 pm
    kl1191 wrote:
    Kennyz wrote:
    kl1191 wrote:The last time I went to Blackie's my bill (with a burger, soda, tax & tip) was over $18.

    Either you tipped close to 100%, you ordered something else, they made a mistake on the bill, or this just isn't true. A Blackie's burger is $7.99. $8.99 with a bunch of toppings.


    I was a once-a-weeker at Blackie's before that last time and had generally been in the $12 check range. Not sure what changed the last time. I had a cheddar burger with bbq sauce and grilled onions and a goose island root beer. I tip generously, but usually not more than 30%. I recall the burger being over $10 on the receipt...I don't know if I was charged for the wrong item or if they recently increased their prices. Either way, it's out of my regular rotation.


    I guess it pays to be a minimalist. When I go to Boston Blackie's, I get a plain old $7.99 burger (still the price as of a couple of weeks ago) with a glass of water, and I find it exponentially more satisfying than anything at M Burger.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #57 - May 1st, 2010, 10:00 pm
    Post #57 - May 1st, 2010, 10:00 pm Post #57 - May 1st, 2010, 10:00 pm
    Tonight, I tried the Nurse Betty: basically a tomato sandwich (I think it actually was just one tomato). For 2.99. Really?

    Image

    Boring, no? Here are somewhat more interesting food pix I shot at Artropolis today. A mind-blowing still life:

    Image

    Six miraculous toasts:

    Image

    Still...I cannot get the memory of Nurse Betty from my mind.
    “Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV?”
  • Post #58 - May 1st, 2010, 10:21 pm
    Post #58 - May 1st, 2010, 10:21 pm Post #58 - May 1st, 2010, 10:21 pm
    David Hammond wrote:Tonight, I tried the Nurse Betty: basically a tomato sandwich (I think it actually was just one tomato). For 2.99. Really?
    For a sandwich made from a perfect late-summer tomato, sure. For what looks like a McDonalds burger without the burger, that's outrageous.

    Now... if they'd sandwich that tomato between two slices of miraculous toast, that I'd pay good money for!

    -Dan
  • Post #59 - May 1st, 2010, 10:26 pm
    Post #59 - May 1st, 2010, 10:26 pm Post #59 - May 1st, 2010, 10:26 pm
    I'm convinced that M Burger was created to make fun of someone or something. I just haven't yet figured out who or what.
    ...defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions." Screwtape in The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

    Fuckerberg on Food
  • Post #60 - May 1st, 2010, 10:33 pm
    Post #60 - May 1st, 2010, 10:33 pm Post #60 - May 1st, 2010, 10:33 pm
    Kennyz wrote:I'm convinced that M Burger was created to make fun of someone or something. I just haven't yet figured out who or what.
    Perhaps the customers?

    -Dan

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