Friday Is It for Belmont Shore's Best Burger!

Patch's quest to find the community's best burger is open through 9 a.m. Friday, so name your favorites now for the balloting next week. Restaurants, now's your chance to nominate.

Patch knows readers have their favorite burgers, and we want to find them. Whether they're actually double-double patties, or slathered in bleu cheese or grilled onions or special sauce, whether flanked by sesame seed buns or sourdough, whether the lettuce is leafy or chopped, whether wearing bacon or mushrooms, there are countless combos for burgers.

Patch will be designating a "Best Burger in Town" award to one establishment in each city, or in our case, the greater Belmont Shore-Naples area.

The winner might come from a burger chain, an indie burger joint or a hoity-swank restaurant. The champ could be all-beef, no-beef, an ahi tuna burger. Every place, and every burger, has the promise of being our chanpion.

Once we get nominations, we'll have a poll for readers to vote for the best burger and also a forum to debate the issue because, really, that's going to be just as fun.

The presidential candidates can talk about health care; but right now, we want to talk about how to clog our arteries. Or, if you're into low-fat, tell us about your favorite veggie burger. (we just read about a bean burger).

The best burger. Bring it on.

Here are some places neighbors and friends mentioned today alone in a quicky Second Street random poll, but if we're leaving one off of the list, please let us know in the comments and we'll add it:

Nominate your favorite before Friday at 9 a.m. We'll start voting on Monday. If there's a tie, the location with the most positive comments win.

Nancy Wride (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I loved that place. Right up there with Knowlwood's in Orange County from back in the day.
Angel Garcia February 14, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I think the Burger at Tantalum is definitely up there for best burger in town and it's on their Happy Hour menu too!
Miguel Betancourt February 14, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Don't forget about Tavern on 2. The chorizo and lamb burger is fantastic there. Aside from that, there isn't much in the actual Belmont Shore area since its all Mediterranean or Sushi restaurants.
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 07:38 PM
A sushi burger would be quite a visual :D but its tricky on Belmont Shore, because I tend to expand its boundary to Cal State Long Beach and 7th Street for inclusion....
Jennifer February 14, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Quinn's makes a really good burger!!
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Which one Jennifer? I wonder if my expense account covers a burger tour of 2nd street....hmmmmmmmmm
Geoff Leamon February 14, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Tavern On 2.
Kelly Rash February 15, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Amy emailed me that Gallagher's on Broadway, with buns from Babette's on Atlantic, are the best burgers in all of Long Beach, including Belmont Shore.
Shore Resident February 15, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Of course (and certainly not in Belmont Shore) Tommy's at the corner of Ximeno and Anaheim is one of the best cures for a self inflicted headache.
Angel February 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Tantalum's burger is the best burger in town. That thing is amazing! It will put you out of comission for a few hours but it is amazing!
Shawn Pearson February 15, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Hamburger Henry's did not occupy the lot on which Archibald sits. Kentucky Fried Chicken did. Henry's occupied what is now the array of shops which includes Starbucks Coffee and the adjacent storefronts. The shore was a lot better off before the sidewalks were widened in the early-mid 90's. There were plenty of local, privately owned business establishments which served the community very well. Once the sidewalks were widened, the big chains moved in, the rents soared and our local merchants were forced to close or move. So much for progress.
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Well, as some of you may know, I should own stock in In-N-Out Burger, as I easily consume one Double-Double a week, or I feel deprived. So I am learning about many other choices from readers, and I think I need to conduct some ''interviews'' at Tantalum and Gallagher's soon, just for starters....
Heather Karen Freeman February 16, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Manda Panda February 16, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Tavern on 2 Burger and The Poblana @ Tavern on 2 are both amazing! Picture added for proof!
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 05:10 AM
I am seeing a photo by Kaleigh our Food Truck blogger, but not seeing yours? (And thank you).
Wilson Teacher February 17, 2012 at 06:03 PM
49ers Tavern still has a great burger.
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 17, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Someone else e-mailed this nomination, and I had been wondering....
Panglonymous February 17, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Next up: Best Burgher ("cutest couple" was a bust ;-)
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I think the next category should be best assumed name by a commenter. Who's with me? (And yes, we will have a few more Best of)
Panglonymous February 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I vote for tinytom, whose pseud is like a fly's eye. :-) (visual aid on the prior: http://tinyurl.com/cutest-couple-is-a-bust )
tinytom February 18, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I get clammy under pressure.
tinytom February 18, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Ok, best value seafood meal.
Panglonymous February 18, 2012 at 02:09 AM
That's a good one. What's the most a "value" seafood meal would cost out-the-door? ... How about burger most likely to settle your stomach after a long evening of drinking. (Or, to put it another way, burger least likely to make you spew.)
tinytom February 18, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Value is not just cost but quality also. I don't go often to seafood places but Gladstone's or McKenna's On The Bay really hit the spot for me.
Panglonymous February 18, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Good point. My phrasing says a lot about my relationship to food. Years ago, remember going to a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant next door to the old West Coast Theater. Think it was called Blanquita (in honor of a pig, I think.) It was righteous cheap, succulent, authentic home-cooked stuff - to me. Took a friend there and she refused to eat. (The grill was behind the counter and she said it didn't look sanitary/safe.)
tinytom February 18, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Yup, got's to go with quality in the new non cyclical reality.
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 18, 2012 at 06:38 AM
I've decided it's never a good idea to look at the kitchen. It can buzz kill everything. I was at a Mexican dive that had the chips in a gray metal trash can. It was such a bad visual.....
Panglonymous February 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Storage in an industrial metal trash can just might have been the "secret sauce" of those chips. On the other hand, sometimes a trash can is just a trash can. :-\ (Whoops, just noticed Shore's burger remedy for "self inflicted headache" upthread. Anaheim and Ximeno, duly noted.)
Nancy Wride (Editor) February 20, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Well that cutest couples photo rocks it (above, there was no Reply tab on your link, Pan). My husband laughed out loud, until I mentioned we ought to do that this coming Halloween. The title of Breast Couple was second only to your cutest couples was a bust line. We definitely will have to have Best Halloween Costume You Lack the Guts to Wear.
Panglonymous February 20, 2012 at 05:01 PM
"My husband laughed out loud, until I mentioned we ought to do that this coming Halloween." :-) He who doesn't come as an early 70's Black Panther (turned briefly to fashion design) modeling his "Cleavers" will surely lack the guts to win the latter contest: "There is no mistaking they are men's pants," says M. Cleaver (seen here modeling a high-waisted two-tone pair of 'Cleavers' with side zipper and matching 'appurtenance'). "The pants that men wear now will be looked upon as girls' pants after my models are sold."


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