Monday, November 30, 2009

AJ eats all the CB's in H-Town Part 5: Riley's Irish Pub

I've eaten at Riley's numerous times, but for some reason, had never tried their Cheeseburger. Now I'm glad I have.

BUN: A lovely ciabatta bun.

MEAT: A nice thick and juicy patty. They didn't ask how I wanted it cooked though...

TOPPINGS: Red onion, green leaf lettuce, tomato slice and a pickle spear (No mayo?). They do have a burger called the Knuckle Sandwich, which is a burger stuffed with bacon and cheese topped with the norm plus mayo and a chopped hard boiled egg.

CONSTRUCTION: The leafy green lettuce was above the burger, but it wouldn't have done much good. The bottom ciabatta bun started soaking up the juices, but never fell apart.

FRIES: Thick cut pub chips. (Jo-Jo's)

FINAL GRADE: B+. Great ciabatta bun, juicy burger, decent toppings and good fries makes Riley's Irish Pub worth a stop. (Plus the have beer!)

Friday, November 27, 2009

AJ eats all the CB's in H-Town Part 4: McDonald's

I wasn't planning to hit up McDonald's quite this early in the exploration, but Aimee wanted McD's.

BUN: Fake. Like a replica of a Bun

MEAT: Thin and dry

TOPPINGS: 2 Pickles, chopped onion, mustard and ketchup

CONSTRUCTION: Far too much bun for the burger. (Or too little burger for the bun? I guess it was only $1)

FRIES: Long, thin, salty and delicious

FINAL GRADE: D. Reminds me of a burger you would find in a high school cafeteria. Stick with a Big Mac.

A Very Montana Thanksgiving

Glazed Turkey my day cooked perfectly!

The Thanksgiving lineup. I made the mashed potatoes and Aimee and I made the White Wine Gravy. My mother made everything else, all are adapted from this years Gourmet Magazine Thanksgiving Issue. This was one of the most delicious and wonderful Thanksgiving meals I've had. My mom didn't think anybody would like the Cornbread Muffins, but they turned out to be a huge hit!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

AJ eats all the CB's in H-Town PT 3: Hardee's

I hadn't had a Hardee's Cheeseburger for a long time. I've tried their Big Hardee, Hot Ham & Cheese and others, but I had steered clear of the regular Cheeseburgers for some reason, and I was pleasently surprised.

BUN: Standard fast food seasame seed bun.

MEAT: A nice thick patty with that charbroiled flavor, reminded me of Burger Kings meat a bit.

TOPPINGS: Pickels, ketchup, mustard, chopped onion and cheese.

CONSTRUCTION: Better than most fast food. The lettuce was above the burger but the pickle base provided support for the bottom bun.

FRIES: Good, extra crispy with a nice breading. Nothing fancy.

FINAL GRADE: C. Better flavor than I thought, good fries, something I would grab on a road trip.

AJ eats all the CB's in H-Town PT 2: Gold Bar

Part two of the never ending epic of me versus every burger in Helena stops in at another favorite of mine, The Gold Bar.

BUN: Bought from the Grocery Store. Okay.

MEAT: Fresh, never frozen, hand formed patty. Juicy and flavorful. One of the best in town.

TOPPINGS: Mayo, Ketchup, Mustard, fresh onion, tomato, lettuce and pickle. You can add Bacon or Jalapeno for a bit more.

CONSTRUCTION: Proper placement of lettuce ensures no soggy bottom bun.

FRIES: Hand cut fries that are hit a miss. Sometimes a bit limp, other times just right.

FINAL GRADE: B+. I think if they stepped up the fries to a consistant crispy finish it would push them into A grade territory.

Monday, November 23, 2009

AJ eats all the CB's in H-Town PT 1: RB Drive In

This is how often I come to RD Drive-In. I found this picture on Flickr at
That's me, my car and the space I prefer to order from, all from an Oregon photographer who happen to catch me on my RB run. UPDATE: Actually it's HIS car, but it looks just like mine AND he's in MY SPOT!


The grades for my Helena go-to burger stop. Part one in what seems to be a never ending saga.

BUN: Nothing special, store bought, but it works.

MEAT: Seems to be frozen, very thin fast food like patty with an excellent flavor.

TOPPINGS: Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, Onion and RB Sauce (A fry sauce with choppped relish)

CONSTRUCTION: Depends whose working, but works well to keep off soggy bun.

FRIES: Standard pre-frozen fries.

OVERALL GRADE: B. Quick, delicious burgers that are a bit better than expected and they make a decent milkshake and phosphates. There's a reason this is my go-to burger.

Spicy Pot Roast Sandwich

Pot Roast baked on a bed of onions bathed in Worcheshire, BBQ Sauce, Better than Bouillon Beef Base, Jalapenos with juices, olive oil, garlic, chopped green chilis with juices, a hint of curry, salt, pepper, a bay leaf and some chipotle for good measure baked at 300 for about 10 hours. Served on a steak roll with Amish Bacon Cheddar Cheese.

Friday, November 20, 2009

AJ eats all the Cheeseburgers in Helena.

This is the mission: To try every single place that serves burgers. Every fast food joint, bar, restaurant, bowling alley, ethnic places, fancy burgers, ghetto burgers and anything in between. I'm not sure how I'm going to tackle this epic undertaking, there are a few places I've been meaning to try and some classics to return to, but all will be graded on the following: BUN, MEAT, TOPPINGS, CONSTRUCTION, FRIES & OVERALL GRADE.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Aunt Bev's Pasties

Filled with stew meat beef, potato and a bit of veggies. Originally made for miners that could take a self contained meal down under.

The Jonas Dog from Coney Island - Helena, MT

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"You can't beat our weenies!"

Hot dog with cheese, onion, relish and just the perfect amout of a fairly dry, yet flavorful chili. My favorite dog from Coney Island. (And with a side of fries, perfect. If you notice of their menu board they spell fries, FRYS.)
325 N. Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601

Friday, November 6, 2009

Aimee's Banana Choclate Pecan Cookies

I'm not sure exactly what Aimee put in these other than Banana, Chocolate, Pecans and a binch of Cayenne.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Burger Bob's - Bozeman, MT

My favorite burger when I come to Bozeman is most certainly Burger Bob's, right downtown. I tried their Western Burger this time, BBQ sauce, Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato and onion with their famous Waffle Fries. Be sure to pass up Ted's Western Grill right across the street and head over to Burger Bob's for a burger and a Trout Slayer Ale.

39 W. Main St.
Bozeman, MT 59715