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Culinary no-no #113

Culinary no-no's

When writers use descriptive words like, “best,” “perfect” or “awesome,” I’m a bit wary, especially about that adjective, “perfect.” For example, there is no “perfect” burger.

You’re safer using “best” since you could take a dozen burger joints and select the “best” of the 12. Of course, you’re not totally safe using that term because it’s subjective. It’s likely that not everyone would agree that Burger Joint #7 is actually the “best.”

Imagine attempting to choose the best burger in America.

Kevin, don’t tell me someone was foolish enough to do that!

No, because that certainly would have ignited World War III. But the June-July 2009 issue of Food Network magazine used food critics to determine, as it promotes on its cover, the “ultimate burger in every state.”

In Wisconsin, the critics loved the Great Dane Pub in Madison’s Brat and Bacon Pretzel Burger. I’ve been in the Great Dane, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the state Capitol. Super place. But here’s the danger when you compile such a list, as interesting as it might be.

What makes the Great Dane’s burger better than a similar version I can get at Meyer’s Restaurant in Greenfield?

The Brat and Bacon Pretzel burger, the best in all of Wisconsin. Really?

50 states. 50 burgers.

There are certainly plenty of mouth-watering creations that make you drool. However, I found at least 10 culinary no-no’s in that list of 50.

Here we go, in alphabetical order by state:

COLORADO, the Juarez @ Jack-n-Grill
This one is topped with ham, a hot dog, and guacamole.

HAWAII, the Loco Moco @the Hukilau Café
I love Hawaiian cuisine and would actually love to try this: a beef patty on a bed of rice smothered in gravy. I’ll bet it’s great. I’m also sure it’s very description just brought audible howls.

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UPDATE: Culinary no-no #75

Culinary no-no's

Culinary no-no #75 dealt with my observations about Bon Appétit magazine's choice for the best pizza in America.

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I love this.

MSN columnist Martha Brockenbrough has this message for Hollywood:

“So listen up, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Bono, George Clooney and all the rest of you. Here are 10 superstars who not only left indelible marks on the world of pop culture, they also put their bodies on the line for their countries as soldiers and spies.”

Take a look.

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So claims that great Amercan philosopher, Ted Nugent.

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