The search for places where you can get a good beer and burger is a sacred mission for many of us and I am pleased to post the following valuable information…

From a journalist in Rhode Island…

“Just yesterday I had a 10-ounce burger simply topped with melted cheddar cheese on a perfectly sized bun at a new spot here in Rhode Island called The Two Pauls  on Waterman Avenue in East Providence — named after the two owners.”

“They also own The ROI in Providence, where they make an incredible Greek burger topped with a ridiculous amount of kalamata olives and feta cheese.”

From another journalist, reporting from the Great White North… Canada…

“So far as Toronto beer and burger places go, the Burger Bar in Kensington Market – a long-standing market district of Toronto, started by Jews, then ceded to Italians and Portuguese, and now heavily populated by Hispanics – deserves special mention. Owner Brock Shepherd caught the beer bug after he turned his veggie Rice Bar resto into a burger and tequila joint. Now he’s even got his own contract-brewing Kensington Brewing Co.”

 http://www.theburgerbar.ca/index1.html

http://www.kensingtonbrewingcompany.com/

Journalists must live on burgers… another scribe from Upstate New York…

“Best beer/burger combo in Syracuse is Empire Brewing Co. They have excellent burgers — the Tumbleweed, with crispy fried onions and barbecue sauce (made with their amber ale I believe) is my favorite. (Best burger in town is at the Blarney Stone Irish pub, with a decent but not spectacular beer lineup).”

News from a food service professional from NYC…

 “Our lamb burger at Cafe D’Alsace is truly addicting.”

 And from an ex-barman, journalist and teacher (still) living in Westchester (almost Upstate) New York…

“I don’t get into the bars much now that I’m a school librarian (we are notoriously dull) but there is one place in Nyack, NY I can recommend. O’Donoghue’s has a very good beer selection including two rotating taps that always have something interesting flowing. Their burgers are good, not great, but above average and notable for not including fries. Service is friendly, but is most notable for giving you a clean fork with each course; no putting your used fork aside to be available for your entree.”

“The other place I could recommend is part of a small but rapidly growing chain called Yard House. There is one on West Nyack and one in Yonkers, a bunch in southern California and others scattered betwixt here and there. They have a huge beer menu, locally about 125 taps but as many as 250 in some locations, keep their kegs at the appropriate temperature for each beer, and have a huge food menu with some interesting and generally well-prepared burgers. www.yardhouse.com/default.aspx

From Rogue Ales Emeritas comes this suggestion…

 “The best burger I have ever had was at Bachi Burger in Las Vegas.  http://bachiburger.com/    While this may not be local, it was the best… and I cannot wait to return to Sin City to see if my memory holds true.”

“Closer to home,   I am anxious to try the lamb burger at The Breslin in NYC. Not only am I a big fan of Chef April Bloomfield, I love lamb burgers.”

“Here is a fun article on the best burgers in NJ. 
http://njmonthly.com/articles/restaurants/tall-orders.html

From a classmate of mine(the ‘70s at Norwich University, Northfield, VT)…

 “The Vanilla Bean up in northeast CT (Pomfret) is my favorite. (All types char-grilled Buffalo is great).”

 And from the great Midwest (Chicago) comes this word…

“ I’m hearing really great things about Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, http://www.kumascorner.com/food. People are loving the burgers and the beers. I’m trying to get myself out of the burbs and into downtown so I can try it out for myself, as the buzz is pretty great.”

And that’s what I hear…