Here's my list of places that serve a terrific burger:
The Tap Room at Dubsdread was a winner of the critic’s award for best burger when I was handing out the Foodies and it still does a terrific job.
The Ravenous Pig was the winner of the first SJO vote for best burger. It’s a good version, too, though a lot of people get it just so they can have the truffled fries, which are indeed quite tasty.
Hue Restaurant, the trendy Thornton Park hot spot, serves a surprisingly good burger, one that is good enough to be a contender for any burger award out there. I'm not kidding!
I’ve had an on-again, off-again love affair for the burger at Johnny’s Fillin’ Station for a number of years. Currently it’s on-again. This bar at the corner of Michigan Street and Fern Creek Avenue cooks up a big, fat juicy burger that is perfect -- until one day I go in and it’s not. Catch them on a good day and it’s still an award winner.
The Pit is another neighborhood kind of bar that has its sites set on toppling Johnny’s burger. The Pit has one that includes a fried egg (and by the way, Johnny’s Fillin' Station's newest entity, Johnny's Other Side, recently added such a burger to its repertoire).
And of course there’s Hamburger Mary’s, the happy little spot on Church Street that is all burgers all the time. Hard to go wrong there.
And a fairly new addition to the Thornton Park neighborhood, Graffiti Junktion, also manages a good-sized burger in a decidedly wild atmosphere that is more bar than restaurant.