A Burger A Week! – Preview
OK, here we go. We’ve got a new feature in store for you. We think you’ll love it, well, because it seems like everyone loves a good burger! So, we’re going on a Sarasota Burger Odyssey, and we’re taking you along!
There are a ton of places to get a burger in Sarasota. And I mean a ton! When I started making a list for this burger series, I came up with more possibilities than the 52 slots I intended. And it’s SO hard to cut back, especially when it comes to tasting, experiencing, and writing about all the delicious burger choices we have available here in town.
Yes, I completely realize that others are also writing or have written pieces about the “best burgers” in Sarasota. There are readers’ “Best of” lists. There are lists that are personally curated by some of our area’s fantastic and talented food writers. And at one point, I think there was even a burger “competition” styled after the NCAA men’s basketball tourney. I will admit, those are all excellent sources of burger information. And you should keep up on those. But even with all this burger info already out there, we are not deterred!
This will be different, I promise.
If you have read any of my pieces over the past 20 years, you will know that I have always shied away from food “review.” Instead, I’ve concentrated more on what I like to call food culture. I’ve always believed that your tastes and my tastes will a lot of times differ. Just maybe there is a little room for some “food observations” this time. I’m not going to try and tell you which burgers around Sarasota you “should” eat. That would be WAY too bold.
This won’t be critical review by any stretch of the definition. But it is nice to know if a particular plate (or, in this case, basket) of food meets the moment. We’re going to tell you that. Along with some burger food culture thrown in as a side dish.
Our A Burger A Week series will officially launch the first week of August 2022. And, as the name indicates, it will be a weekly feature. We’ve got it penciled in for 52 weeks! Yes, one solid year of burger eating. Hopefully, I can hold on that long.
At the end of the road, we will NOT have a “winner.” (I think we all know why). But you will have enough burger-centric info to make an informed dining decision for yourself and anyone you would like to share a burger with.
The restaurants that we have selected to taste burgers from run the field. There are dive bar burgers, fast food burgers, steakhouse burgers, pub burgers, and every other burger type of place you can think of. Sarasota’s burger community will be well represented, that I can guarantee.
Keeping score for these kinds of things is hard. So, we’re not going to attempt to do that. But, even though we won’t be “rating” them, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t specific things that go into creating the perfect burger. And we’ll be in search of them.
Some of the things we’re going to be considering are overall taste, appearance, creativity, the bun, ease of eating, dining atmosphere, price, and, of course, what comes with that burger (aka FRIES🍟).
Each of our 52 weekly pieces will give you a pretty good idea of what you can expect when you make your own trek in search of that ideal local burger. I mean, if you’re not going to be eating a burger every week like me, you’ll want to make every visit count!
OK, those are the basics. But we’ve planned a different kind of wrinkle to our year-long burger-tasting adventure…
🌟 Have you ever wanted to be a food critic or restaurant reviewer? Well, I might be able to help you out with your dream job (at least on a temporary basis). I want YOU to taste burgers with me! Yes, that’s correct. I’d like to take a reader (or 20) on some of my burger-eating exploits. Now I can’t promise you’ll all get to go. But we’ve got a year. So, if you’re interested in a burger “ride-along,” here’s a form to fill out. Yes, you will be required to discuss them, too. This isn’t a free ride!
That’s it for our little A Burger A Week introduction. There will be plenty of time in the next year to tussle over what I got right and what I completely whiffed on. So, all that being said, let’s BRING ON THE BURGERS!! 🍔🍔
💥💥 We want to hear about your Sarasota burger experiences. So much so that we’ve started up a special Facebook Group just for this A Burger A Week series. Feel free to share your Sarasota burger experiences, photos, and anything else burger related you’d like others to know about. We’re hoping you’ll participate in our adventure!