Monday, May 2, 2011

Jack's Old Fashioned Hamburger House - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Big Jack Cheeseburger
BBR = 7.73

Jack's Old Fashioned Hamburger House has been a Fort Lauderdale staple since 1972. Amazingly, yours truly has never actually been there, until now. So let me apologize upfront for the blurred photos. It's weird how my camera phone takes blurry pictures of burgers and clear pictures of shakes. I don't get it. From the moment you pull into the parking lot of Jack's, you can already tell this is going to be a hit or miss situation. Luckily, Jack's is definitely is a hit!!! It may look like you traveled back in time a couple decades, but the burgers here are as good as any modern burger establishment.

I decided to go with a Big Jack Cheeseburger, cheese fries, and a chocolate milk shake - an all American combination as I see it. They charged for lettuce and tomato, which you don't really see these days, but I decided to spring for the extra. So after placing our orders with the young ladies working the register, we hit the condiment bar, found some seats, and took in the atmosphere. There was nothing really special at the condiment bar. It had most of the usual: ketchup, mayo, mustard, they also had a barbecue sauce, relish, and some other things I didn't give a second look at. You could tell this place was pretty popular. It was packed in there, and people did not stop coming in the door, even with all the rainy weather. 

After about 10-15 minutes the food was ready. The first thing I noticed was that my "special" order of lettuce and tomato came in a zip lock bag for me to put on myself. The tomato ended up making the lettuce a little soggy and to be honest once you bite into the burger you realize they are not even needed anyway. The burgers are a blend of brisket and round steak that is ground fresh each day. Jack's goes with a griddle style cooking method which gave my burger a nice crusty exterior, sealing in all those yummy juices inside the medium-medium rare flesh. Now when I say this burger was juicy, I don't just mean juicy, I mean JUICY! This thing drips! (Which all great burgers SHOULD do!) I had to keep checking my shirt for stains and I am happy to report zero. The bun was also amazing and I am hard to impress with bread so I gave it pretty high scores. If was flaky and most importantly, tasted fresh.

The cheese fries were pretty standard; hot, fresh, and had melted cheese rather than the normal nacho cheese type sauce you see. Not too bad. What does shine at Jack's is the milkshakes. If you try this place, please get a milkshake. You won't be disappointed. It was ice cold, chocolatety, and reminded me of my mother's homemade thick milkshakes she would make when I was a kid.

I was actually surprised from this experience. I heard many mixed reviews going in, but what really matters is my opinion and my opinion is that Jack's is a great old fashioned burger joint. This may not be the best burger in the world or even Florida, but it is one pretty damn good burger!

Big Jack Cheeseburger ($5.79)
1/2 lb. burger - I added mayo and ketchup.
+ Lettuce and Tomato ($0.40)
Burger Total = $6.19

Burger Boi Rating (BBR) = 7.73

(35%) Burger patty 8.5
(20%) Toppings 6
(20%) Bun 8.5
(15%) Sides 7
(10%) Wow-Factor 8

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