Freddys Steakburgers Review – Nationwide Chain

Freddy's Steakburger Review

Freddys Steakburgers Review – Nationwide Chain

Started in Wichita in 2002, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers has quickly grown across the country, now with over 300 locations in 30 states.  The eatery focuses on smash patty burgers, Vienna Beef brand hot dogs, and frozen custard deserts.

I visited the one in Lake Zurich, IL, which opened fairly recently.  It’s on a busy stretch of US Highway 12, and anybody in the area has dozens of dining choices on this highway.

My stop as lunchtime on a Monday.  It wasn’t very busy.  Maybe eight diners inside, no cars backed up at the drive-thru.

The restaurant was immaculate, including the restrooms, and one or two employees were in constant motion wiping down tables, counters, and so on.

I ordered the “Original Double” combo (with cheese).  Two beef patties, two slices of cheese, small fries, small drink.  $8.50 with tax.

Burgers standard dressing includes mustard, pickles, and onion, which is great for me, that’s how I order my burgers everywhere, and how I dress them at home.

The fresh burger patties are smashed thin on a flat top grill, cooked until the edges are crispy. (Also a personal preference).  The beef has terrific flavor all on its own.  It may have a slight sprinkle of seasoning. The pickles are mild dill, sliced thin, lengthwise.  The bun is soft and fresh, but not nearly substantial enough to hold moist weight. It did crumble on me. Not a deal killer. They did forget the onion on mind.

Fries are ultra crispy, and also thin.  Thinner than traditional shoestrings.  But great flavor and seasoned well. The restaurant’s small condiment stand includes a dispenser for two different varieties of “fry sauce.”  I don’t see the point. Not sure what it is anyway, like a thousand island/mayo mixture. Variety two contains Sriracha.

Pepsi products are the fountain option.

In addition to burgers, they offer Vienna Beef brand hot dogs, a couple of chicken sandwich options, tenders, cheese curds, and chili.  In lieu of fries with the combos, you can opt for Baked Lays or Apple Sauce.

I’d go again.  BTW, personnel were friendly enough, and although they weren’t busy, they didn’t set a speed record for product prep.  10 minutes to get my order.  I dined in.

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Steakburger Review, Vancouver, WA

Steakburger Vancouver Review
Geez, I love the old highways of America. Been up and down, back and forth most of the classics, like Hwy 61, Rte 66, US 2, and so on.

 

Oregon has US 99, which runs from the Mexican to Canadian border purdy near. In Portland we have two 99’s, one on each side of the river, 99e, and 99w.

 

Both are chock-a-block full of old-timey motels, garish (some would say) neon signs, drive-ins, old strip malls, and highway knick-knacks, if there is such a a thing.

Just over Oregon’s northern border, 99e meanders through Vancouver, Washington (AMERICA’S VANCOUVER, some call it). Other people call it Van-tucky.

But it is the home, has been the home of “Steakburger and Mini-Golf”, since, since (searching memory bank) …… 1962!

 

(Update:  sadly, this location is scheduled to close and be redeveloped into some yucky redundant urban sprawl in 2014).
I know what you’re thinking: “BurgerDogBoy, are you saying that there is a place that serves great burgers AND has mini golf?”

That’s exactly what I am saying!
My burger companion today was Mr. Extraordinary Vancouver Banking Guy. I acted demur and only went for the Jumbo 1/3 pound cheeseburger, but no condiments, and rings, but MEVBG boldly went for the double and fries. Should you be so inclined, Steakburger will happily serve you a one-pounder.

I order ’em plain these days so I can actually taste the meat. Steakburger regulars get mayo, lettuce, and Steakburger BBQ sauce, onions and tomatoes upon request.

The burger was thin, and the edges crispy, which is exactly the way I like them, and very reminiscent of Fatburger’s cooking method. I pulled the top of the squishy sesame seeded bun to look closer at the patty – it was OVAL shaped! Wonder of wonders, you can fit an oval burger on a round bun! The patty itself was nicely seasoned.

I thought the fries were extraordinary. Really. They had a salty spice mix on them that might be too much for some tastes, but I loved them.

The rings were good, but not unique. For non-meatatarians, Steakburger has a few chicken and fish offerings. And holy cheeses! Grilled cheese sandwiches as well.

Outdoor patio overlooks the mini-golf course, which appears to be from the same vintage as the cafe, no LEDs or neon here. But so what. What a great place to feed and play with the family.

Usually my exposure to Vancouver is one of a passing through nature. But Steakburger is within spitting distance of an I-5 exit. It’ll be a regular stop for me from now on.

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