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We just spent a weekend in London, and, between the five the plates of fish & chips and the three gallons of beer we emptied in our stomach, we had to try Byron, a restaurant that is said to serve one of the best Hamburger in town by many locals.


Byron first set foot in London back in 2007, and now has nearly 30 restaurants in London, Oxford and Kent. They serve proper hamburgers, for approximately 8 £, excluding fries, as well as delicious milkshakes.

Byron London


I personally ordered the Byron. Between the buns you’ll find bacon (lots of it), aged cheddar, lettuce, fresh onions, tomato, and the secret Byron Sauce. Simple burger that works pretty well.Ingredients are fresh, bacon is top notch, buns are fluffy, meat is okay. We can’t expect the best meat from such a big chain.

As for the drinks, you can’t beat the oreo milk-shake, best I’ve ever had.



If you’re wondering where does the name Byron comes from, well the waiter actually told us the story, but we were too much hangover to understand anything. If anybody knows it, please comment!


PS: Seems like The Burger Tribune is featured in this month’s issue of The Gate Magazine, check it out!


Since the beginning of summer, I have been going all around Lebanon, and probably ate three good dozens of burgers. I went to Classic Burger Joint one or two times, had mini-burgers between two vodka lemons at Sporting, tasted Burger King’s California Whooper on my way back from the beach, paid a visit to St. Elmo’s on a lazy Sunday…There is no way I could remember all of the burgers I ate this summer but I’ll definitely remember the one I had last week, simply because it was the best I had in a very long time. I am not afraid to say it, this is probably the best burger you can get in Lebanon for the fairest price.

Garage 78 St. is a bar that opened very recently on the Alleyway street in Hamra. They have open draft beer for happy hour, good music, “we like you” discounts and three Burgers on their menu. We went there, ordered 3 Almaza and each of the Burgers: The Classic Cheese, The Southwest Cajun Ranch Burger and the Sloppy Joe.

The first one is the Sloppy Joe, a mixture of ground beef, tomato and probably onions served in a hamburger bun. It constituted a good appetizer, and was priced at 15000 LBP. Enough to fill you up before starting to drink like a picky in Hamra


Then comes the second burger,a Classic Cheese. It is made of cheddar cheese, tomatoes, fresh lettuce and a divine amount of medium-rare cooked home grounded beef (yeah that’s a lot of adjectives). The recipe is extremely simple, but the meat is extraordinary (above every piece of meat that I have tasted in Lebanon, including brgr. Co), the ingredients are fresh, and, as a result, the burger is excellent!


The Southwest Cajun Ranch Burger is even better: Take the Classic Cheese you just ate, and add to that bacon, jalapeños, Ranch Dressing and onion rings. Considering the quality of the ingredients, as well as the perfect ratio of bun to patty (good enough to hold everything together and low enough not to encroach on the meat’s taste) and of patty to toppings, this burger is probably one of the best I have had this summer. You want to know its price? 18000 LBP. Cheaper than all of the other places justifying their high price tags for high quality meat…(you know who am I talking about)


So bottom line. GO to Garage 78 St., on happy hour, pay 14$ for open draft beer and order the Southwest Cajun Ranch Burger, you will thank me for that. Actually, writing this post made me so hungry that I’m going there at 6. Cheers amigos!

Hello Everyone! I hope all of you burgerheads had fun this summer. I personally started my holidays last week and looking forward to the last days of sunshine in Beirut! Anyway this is not a blog about my life so we’ll go straight to today’s subject! Hot Dog & Beyond

This is a new place that opened at Le Mall Dbayeh, right next to Classic Burger Joint (talk about competition ;)).
My visit to HD&B reminded me that there is a very thin line between a Diner and a Fast-Food restaurant. HD&B is standing right on that line. The place serves mainly Hot Dogs-they have more than a dozen on the menu- but also some hamburgers, all prepared right in front of you, from their open cuisine. The price of the burger ranges from 15000 LBP for a simple chicken burger to 18750 LBP for their signature burger, including french fries and a side-salad.

The three friends that were with me ordered Chicken Burgers, Mozarella Burger and Mexican Fajita Burger. Feeling adventurous, I went for the signature burger






Our overall opinion on these burgers was that the sauce was really good (especially the Aioli sauce I had in the HD&B Burger), the toppings were fresh, but the meat was definitely the outsider of our the combo. We could definitely tell it was frozen and not fresh, the patty is really thin, and, when I cut a bite to taste it alone, it simply was not good. Concerning the fries, we had diverse opinions concerning them…I personally enjoyed them.

Last but not least, we ordered some BBQ Sauce and this is what our waiter came with…Now trust me I know how is a cup of BBQ sauce supposed to look/taste like, this is cocktail sauce. We asked him if he were sure that it was BBQ sauce. He very confidently answered that yes, it was BBQ sauce but mixed with ketchup (because the HP BBQ sauce was “ktiir 7ar”). If you are wondering, no they do not have BBQ Burgers.


So the bottom line about Hot Dog & Beyond…Well they should not have gone beyond 😉

Frosty Palace opened its doors in February 2012 in Mar Mikhael, Beirut. If that name doesn’t ring you a bell, it is the place where Danny & Sandy, the two main characters of the movie Grease hang out:


For those of you who have seen the movie, well, you know what to expect: Burgers & Milkshakes. Frosty Palace (we’re talking about the Lebanese one) serves Brunch, Salads, Sandwiches and Hamburgers.


The burger pictured above is the “Frosty’s Burger”: 170g Australian Beef, medium cooked, salad, tomato, mayonnaise. You can add cheddar cheese, emmental as well as Bacon.

Frosty Palace’s idea of a good burger is definitely good meat. The patty is perfectly cooked, generous and tasty. However, I’m not sure that it justifies a price of 20 000 LL, excluding french fries and extras you might want to add. Plus, I did not get any sauce and they mentionned a homemade mayonnaise on their menu.

Concerning the Milkshakes, they start at 12 000 LL. Therefore I chose a carrot juice

To sum it up, Frosty Palace’s Burger looks gorgeous. If you want quality meat, you can’t go wrong by choosing this place. However, it is a little pricey, especially when we look at the milkshakes. On a brighter note, Frosty Palace seems to be introducing temporary burgers on a regular basis. Keep checking their facebook page for more info

Review: Lazy B

Posted: May 4, 2012 in Reviews
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Guess what…May has just begun and we can already say summer is back in Lebanon! Beaches, Open-air parties, Beer…you get the picture! While I was at Lazy B today, I had the occasion to taste their Cheeseburger. It looks pretty good on the paper (Homemade Brazilian beef, lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, coleslaw…) and even better on the picture!

For 17 000 LBP you get a pretty good cheeseburger, with soft buns, a respectable patty, loads of melting cheddar cheese. However, concerning the fries, I couldn’t think of any attributes besides undercooked, not salty enough…

I guess that, the Burger being pretty good for a “Beach Burger”, and the setting just awesome, good fries might just be to much asking.

I’ll leave you with a Beach Boys song, and I hope you guys will enjoy this summer! Cheers.

PS: If any of you knows a really good Beach Burger, just let me know!

How exciting would it be to taste a burger made in the 1920s? Let me take you on a trip to the early 20th century United States of America

We are in 1927. Of course at that time we didn’t have any internet, and I guess World War I wasn’t called World War I since they didn’t know there would be a World War II. Anyway, we are in Los Angeles and a tiny woodhouse just opened its doors on West Pico Bld. What’s on the menu? An Apple Pie and a Hamburger.

Since 1927, the tiny woodhouse stayed true to its value. Today, they are serving the exact same recipe that made their Steakburger famous to the inhabitants of Los Angeles. Only in 1947, they introduced a Hickory Sauce Burger to the menu. Nothing changed ever since (or maybe the price!)

1947 Hickory Burger

Don’t expect fancy ingredients, fluorescent galsses or deluxe cocktails. At the Apple Pan, burgers come wrapped in paper, drinks are served in cardboard cones.

1927 Steakburger

The Apple Pan, eventhough being an excellent burger, is definitely not the best i’ve had in my life. But in these kinds of situation, you realize there’s more to burgers than burgers. The leather smell of the seats, the old grumpy cook flipping some patties…For these reasons, The Apple Pan is one mandatory stop for every one that comes to LA.

Classic Burger Joint  is celebrating its 2nd anniversary this month, so I guess it might be a good time to review what has probably become Beirut’s most talked about burger.

From one little joint in Sodeco, Classic Burger Joint expanded, throughtout the past two years, into a well developped chain, now counting 5 Branches (that’s including the soon-to-be-opened Hamra branch) and a delivery center.

I will go straight to the point with this one: I’m pretty sure CBJ offers the best burger in beirut. What makes it so good?

Well, first of all you have the buns,very soft yet consistent, freshely baked. Then you get fresh toppings, tasty sauces, melting cheddar-cheese. I guess the only weak point at CBJ is the patty, maybe it is not big enough, maybe it is not juicy enough…But apparently they did notice it and are now offering 180 grms patties, which I didn’t have the time nor the apetite to taste until now.

Concerning the fries, it seems they’re switching their recipe every once in a while. I personnally preferred  the very first ones.

What else makes Classic Burger Joint a nice place to have a burger? Friendly atmosphere (Teta, Fady, Moudy, Beshara, Firas…you guys rocks!), smoke-free environment, and good rock’n’roll music as well!

One last thing…if you’re going to CBJ anytime soon, skip on the menu and ask for a Lebanese.


Now one last thing, what is your favorite burger at CBJ?