Well, to all the burger-Maniacs such as Fat-boy Ozersky and others, I took one for team and went to both City Burger and H&B burger Today, and the reviews are in.
So the only important disclamer is that I did NOT pony up for the 12 dollar "black label" at City burger. I took a combo of a reg burger with American Cheese and works, FF and root beer.
Best part was indeed the meat itself, perfect MR and juicy, with really good flavor.
Sadly that's where the compliments end. The patty was perfectly cooked but with little to almost no char, and as such not much crust. And it was tiny! Smaller than the shack for sure., which seems to be most peoples' fav whipping post for some reason.
The toppings were certainly adequate but the bun was a LOSER, toasted perhaps, but maybe 1/2 an hour before being used, DRY as could be, started breaking apart almost immediately. The Fries were flat out terrible, they were soaked with oil, therefore not crispy and as a result barely touched.
On to H&B, I went for a simple approach here, MR no toppings, a few grilled onions on the side. The Burger was overall better, good flavor, but more enjoyable for the char/crust factor involved, and the soft bun that clinged to the meat so perfectly, I did add a little spicy mustard half way through just to change gears. I tried the bacon/pepper jack tater tots, nothing amazing but when in the mood as I was, were good. I really wanted to try the homemade chips with blue cheese but didn't want to interfere with the burger.
City burger combo w/ FF and drink 11.55
Plain Burger and Taters at H&B 12.15
Final result, edge to HB, but need to return to try the 12 dollar Black Label at City before final conclusion. But I imagine even it is better as a single burger, it's a catch 22- at such a high quality, I wouldn't dare put anything on or near it, and with the overall experience being sub-par how many times would I really go there, just for a $12 burger... not many I imagine.