Burger Eclipse: My Favorite Burger Experiences

Threadless released a slew of T-Shirts this past Monday, as they are known to do, but I was pleasantly surprised with one T-Shirt in particular. Burger Eclipse by David Schwen is an epic T-Shirt. Why? Burgers! I love burgers and Burger Eclipse is all about the burger. And apparently, designer David Schwen is a big fan of the burger too, he is incidently also the brian behind the popular Threadless tee, Burgervetica.

Every burger fan has a burger or a burger joint that they swear is the best. For me, that place is Hodad’s in San Diego. This is what I had to say about my Hodad’s experience:

“The menu is a simple one: burgers, fries and shakes! I decided to get the Double Bacon Cheeseburger and I even SAC’d (added Swiss and American Cheese) it! Let me tell you, the burger that I had at Hodad’s may possibly be the best burger that I have ever had (and I’ve had a lot of burgers from many different places). Part of it might have been the setting and people, but, the burger alone was ace.”

Now, I have to say that the burgers at Red Mill Burgers is also delicious as hell. So good! The Bleu Cheese N’ Bacon Burger is THE burger to get from Red Mill. It is amazing and is making my mouth water RIGHT NOW.

And of course I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Shake Shack in New York. They say that this burger joint is the closest thing the east coast has to an In-N-Out. I’d have to say that the Shake Shack surpasses In-N-Out. It’s just a greasy good burger with no regard for veggies (love that). But it’s still not Hodad’s.

I freakin’ love a good burger! And ALL three of these burgers were, as we say in Hawaii, ono!

Hold The Ketchup + Pizza Fight

Scared Panda is a Chicago based T-Shirt shop that specializes in tees that show off the spirit of Chicago and support non-profit organizations. What better way to show your love for your city than with its food. I’ll be the first to admit that when I visit a city that I’ve never been to, I make it a point to eat only at local dining hot spots. No McDonald’s for me. Hole in the wall joints, local eateries, bakeries, and fine dining restaurants make for one of the best ways to experience a city you’ve never been to.

The guys at Scared Panda not only have a love for Chicago but also a love for the food that Chicago has come to be known for, like the Chicago hot dog and the Chicago style deep dish pizza.

Some of you might be wondering at this point, what makes a Chicago hot dog a Chicago hot dog and how did the Chicago style deep dish pizza come about? Chicago food history lesson:

A Chicago-style hot dog is a steamed, boiled or grilled all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun. The hot dog is topped with mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish (often a dyed neon green variety called “Nuclear Relish” or “Emerald Relish”), a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers, and celery salt.Some variants exist, adding ingredients such as cucumber slices, but there is a widely-shared, strong opinion among many Chicagoans and aficionados that ketchup is unacceptable.

And according to Hot Dog Chicago Style, it is important to apply the topping on a Chicago dog accordingly:

  1. Yellow Mustard
  2. Bright “Neon” Green Relish
  3. Fresh Chopped Onions
  4. Two Tomato Wedges
  5. A Pickle Spear or Slice
  6. Two Sport Peppers
  7. A Dash of Celery Salt

Chicago-style deep dish pizza has a buttery crust up to three inches tall at the edge, slightly higher than the large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce, acting as a large bowl. The term also refers to “stuffed” pizza, another Chicago style. While in Chicago most pizzerias serve thin-crust pizza, generally in a style characteristic to the city, the term Chicago-style pizza is used to describe this deep-dish style of pizza.

Where to go for a Chicago-style deep dish pizza?

And of course, you can pick up the Hold The Ketchup (10% of the proceeds go to PAWS Chicago) and Pizza Fight (10% of the proceeds go to The Anti Cruelty Society) tees from Scared Panda for $17 each.

Now I’m hungry. Are you?

Hold The Ketchup

Pizza Fight

Portillo's Chicago Style Hot Dog

Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza Uno's Pizzeria