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Classic New Orleans Burgers

Like every other American city, New Orleans takes its hamburgers very seriously. If you ask where to get the best burger in New Orleans you will hear people mention Port of Call, the Bulldog, Yo Mama’s, Half Moon, and dozens of other places. And in one way or another all of these people are right, those places have great burgers.

But what if you don’t have time to sit down, order, and consume the 1/2lb burgers that these places offer? Well if you are a fan of supporting local favorites, you swing into either Bud’s Broiler or Frostop.

Now both Bud’s and Frostop have a long history in New Orleans. The original Bud’s in Mid-City opened in 1952 and the Frostop out in LaPlace dates back to 1958.

A Bud’s is a little easier to find with locations scattered throughout the metro area, but if you are at the corner of Claiborne and Calhoun, where the establishments exist less than 50 feet from each other, you are going to have decision to make. So who reigns supreme?

Well it depends on what you are looking for. Bud’s claim to fame is the way they cook their burgers. At Bud’s it’s all about charcoal. And there is something to be said about a burger cooked over some hot coals. The other nice thing Bud’s is a fairly simple menu. You choose between a burger, a chicken sandwich or a hot dog and then you decide on topping toppings. And since those topping include grated cheddar cheese and their famous hickory smoked sauce its a pretty exciting decision to make.

Now Frostop on the other hand, offers a large number of regional favorites along side their signature Lot-O-Burger (lettuce, tomato, mustard, mayo, pickle, onion). They also have Castle Burgers which are a tastier version of the White Castle original.

So which is better? I don’t know, try them both. Either way you won’t be disappointed. Both have been around for over 50 years, and in a city who loves food, you don’t last that long serving sub-par burgers.

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