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Hamburger America: One Man's Cross-Country Odyssey to Find the Best Burgers in the Nation [DVD] Paperback – Bargain Price, April 7, 2008
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"A fine overview of the best practitioners of the burger sciences."—Anthony Bourdain
"As a French Chef who took an unexpected approach to the American burger, I'm glad that George has put together this fantastic guide to 100 of the classics."—Daniel Boulud
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In all instances, we ordered and sampled the burger that was described in the book, and to date, we've only been to restaurants in the "South" - Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia etc.... We still have so many more to visit..
The fun part for us is making a trip to these locations, and seeing / sampling what the author wrote about in the book.
Considering the states I've listed above, three stand out...
The best so far is from Cotham's in Scott, Arkansas. Great Burger, Great Ambience... and Great surroundings. This one has to be seen and tasted.
A close second is Char-Grill in Raleigh, N.C. Very good.
Third is in Fort Worth - At Kincaid's...
We can't quite understand why Dyers on Beale in Memphis made it in this book... it's just not up to par with everything else we tasted. We went there twice in different months, to make sure we just didn't have a bad day... The second visit confirmed our thoughts of the first visit there.
El Camino in Austin was also a bit "typical" and did not meet the mark of our expectations.
We'll continue trying to visit (and photograph) the Hamburger America locations and sample their burgers... It's a great guide, with a lot of fun places to visit. But by all means, it's not a listing of the best there is...
That's a bit disapointing.
The book is very well put together. The writing is straight-forward and the photos were obviously taken by someone with a flair for the arts.
PAPERBACK VERSION: Although the documentary was produced first it is the book that first attracted me to George Motz's work. The success of his movie inspired him to write a book featuring 100 great hamburger restaurants. It's important to note that he is not claiming that this is the 100 best, only 100 AMONG the best. Motz's research seemed to be pretty thorough, but the cost of traveling to all of the cities that are home to great burger joints would clearly be too expensive to make this book profitable. Choices had to be made and many key cities were not visited at all. For instance, in Missouri he visits Kansas City but ignores it's big brother, St. Louis (home of Karl's Drive-in, certainly as good and unique as many that are included). Austin Texas is also featured but the much larger city of San Antonio (only 70 miles southwest) is excluded. It would be easy for anyone living in a city not listed to feel slighted but I understand that would have been impossible for him to travel to every city that is said to be home to a great hamburger joint.
That being said, let's talk about the ones included. It's almost impossible to classify something as iconic as the hamburger restaurant but I will try. I would divide the restaurants into three groups:
* Classic: These are restaurants that have almost as much historical significance as culinary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book,but missing the DVD...If You want the DVD,I suggest just buying it seperatelyPublished 5 months ago by bubblegum lover 3160
This was a fun book, but after reading it once, I don't think I would read it again so it really wasn't worth buying.Published on December 28, 2012 by Drucilla Moeding
By way of anchoring this relatively unknown entity: if you like Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, then you will love this. Read morePublished on March 18, 2010 by Jason Kirkfield
First, I was struck by the quality of the book itself. Thick quality paper stock, ample photos, font size that doesn't require a magnifying glass to read and a dvd to boot! Read morePublished on September 29, 2009 by Donald B. Willaims
George Motz's book, "Hamburger America" is a delight from beginning to end. Accompanied by an hourlong DVD highlighting some of the places the author has visited, Motz sets out to... Read morePublished on September 1, 2009 by Jon Hunt