I have always told myself that cheeseburgers are the ultimate form of fuel. Whether that is true or not – is a question for another day. Regardless of fuel and nutritional value, cheeseburgers are my favorite food group.
That's why I have serious job envy of the Thrillist's “National Burger Critic,” Kevin Alexander, who went on a one year Burger Quest to find the 100 Best Burgers in America. Is that not the coolest job ever? To our delight, the burger buff named the Tavern Burger from Loretta’s Northwesterner as his fourth favorite burger out of 300+ burgers he ate.
His original review is a bit long (and has some profanity) so I will just put the deets here:
It is so simple it seems stupid: just basically cheese, raw white onions, a pale special sauce, and pickles. The bun is literally perfect - one of the more tightly buttered soft white buns I've had across the country. No tricks, just perfect execution, especially around the ends, where you get a crisping that's so buttery and delicious. The burger is not big - you should get a double if you don't plan on following it up with several other burgers - but the char is exquisite, and the white onions and tang from the sauce create enough acid to balance the cheese and meat and buttered bread.
Loretta's is located in the South Park neighborhood at 8617 14th Ave S. For the entire review and complete list of the 100 Best Burgers in America, visit Thrillist online!