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Foodie: Andy’s, Center City Cafe, Cookout, Five Guys

by Charles Womack

I’ve been on a binge, a hard-core, gut-busting burger bender.

Over the past week, I have focused my attention on hitting some of the best burger joints in the area and sharing my thoughts. In alphabetical order my thoughts are as follows:

• Andy’s (www.andysburgers.net): this North Carolina-based chain of over 100 locations started in Goldsboro, NC. In the Triad they have two locations both in Greensboro: the Shoppes at Pyramids, 2101- 100 Pyramids Blvd. and 3702-105 Elmsley Court. This was my first trip to Andy’s which has THE largest burger menu available in the Triad. The Big “A” Burger Challenge comes with 50 oz. of meat with at least four trimmings on a bun, plus fries and a 24-ounce drink. If you can eat it all in 30 minutes or less, it’s FREE! And they’ll put your name on their website. If you can’t finish it, you owe them $21.99! I was going in with all intention of completing the challenge, but when I saw they had frozen custard on their menu, I backed it down to a double. This place is good and it shocked me to find out they had been in town for over a year. Their staff is friendly and the atmosphere is ’50s style. The burgers are fresh and thick.

• Center City Caf’: A new addition to the down town scene, owner James Baker recently opened a 219A S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro in the former Rim location. Center City Caf’ features a mega eating challenge called the Bully. It’s more than 21 ounces of pure angus beef and is one tall burger. It is held together by three kinds of cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles, mustard, mayo and ketchup. Mine was cooked perfectly, hot and juicy. It is so tall you have to split the $13.99 burger up into sections to enable it to fit into your mouth. The stomach-filler is one mega meal with a great taste for those ready to chow down.

• Cook Out: I ordered off the menu and asked for a double-huge bacon cheeseburger, with a total pre-cooked weight of one pound. When I pulled up to pay, I peered into the drive-thru window. Looking back at me were the cooks inside straining to catch a view of the man who ordered such a marvel. I saw my burger getting wrapped in foil and three guys in the double drive-thru on High Point Road gave me a big thumbs up. Sitting about five inches high, the mountain of meat came as ordered with lettuce, tomato, mayo and ketchup. Juicy, flavorful, hot and filling, no wonder these burgers have been voted as a Triad’s Best award winner by readers of YES! Weekly year after year. Founded in Greensboro in 1989, this privately held family chain has more than 70 locations throughout the state of North Carolina.

• Five Guys: This place opened in Greensboro a few months ago over at the Friendly Shopping Center at 3124 Kathleen Ave. Five Guys is a toprate burger joint whose walls in each location display positive comments from food critics and see the various awards for Best Burgers they have captured in their markets. They also display the state from which the french fries being served that day originated. A Virginia-based chain started in 1986, their web site (www.fiveguys.com) states they have expanded to 550 locations in 35 states.

• McDonald’s: A co-worker turned me on to a web site that provides “off the menu” options at various chain fast food restaurants. The list for McDonald’s was pretty long and I was intrigued by the opportunity to order a Big Mac with Quarter Pounder patties. I have always liked the Big Mac, but felt the patty size was too small. This was a perfect creation. It was a good burger and the way I will always order my Big Mac from now on. For more information, you can check out the list at www.couponsherpa.com/ask-coupon-sherpa/secretrestaurant-menus-revealed.

—Charles Womack

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