The Worst of the Burger Battle: Ilios, Pier 66, and Riverside Hotel

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Photos by Eric Barton
Ilios' burger may not look bad, but wait until you see what's inside.


Georgie's Alibi showed the chains how it was done at Friday night's Burger Battle, turning in one mean ground chuck burger for the victory.

But there were some downright disgusting excuses for America's favorite sandwich that night too. Below, the three worst offenders.

3. Riverside Hotel
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Fried doesn't always make things better.
Chefs know that adding bacon or truffles to anything can win over a crowd. Same is often true with deep-frying. But not burgers. Hamburgers, and this was made clear by Riverside Hotel's offering, should not be dropped into hot oil. This burger was apparently coated in bread crumbs and then fried crisp. The result was a burger that was oily and possessed a bizarre texture. The crunchy coating and the gooey meat center were reminiscent of an extremely underdone crab cake. Riverside Hotel, please save the oil for the fries.

2. Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six
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Pier Sixty-Six's plate had to win points on presentation. On one end was a plastic shot glass filled with cilantro and Jack Daniels lemonade. In the center were a couple of fries and at the end a burger with fried bits and chili. But after the presentation, no part of this plate worked. The lemonade tasted a bit too straight-from-the garden to be refreshing. The fries weren't slices of potato but some kind of fused mash with entirely too much flavoring. And the burger had several components that were entirely overseasoned. The patty itself, the oddly textured chili, and the weird-shaped fried onion bits tasted like the dried spice mixture you might find on Dorito's. If Frito Lay came out with burger-flavored tortilla chips, they'd probably be better than this.

1. The Hilton's Ilios
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Pulled and ground buffalo meat don't work fused into a burger.
After Ilios recently won New Times' Best Of Broward Palm-Beach Reader's Poll for Best Restaurant in Broward County, we figured the place would have one of the best burgers of the night. Actually, the patty was nearly inedible. Ilios' buffalo burger was somewhere between shredded and ground, creating these odd pulled bits of buffalo among what was otherwise a way-too-wet mixture. It was like slimy meets stringy meets greasy. Partially eaten Ilios burgers piled up in a trash can nearby. It was clear why.

Location Info

Ilios

505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant


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