Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, No Bacon Shortage Here

A little bit of a delay on the review, we visited Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar back in early August. The first food stop on the Charlotte road trip was not up to our standards and Carowinds, our main goal, was closed. I made the failed assumption that Carowinds would still be open during the weekdays in early August. I needed to find a great place to make up for my prior mistakes during this particular road trip. After reading some reviews and our love for good burgers we settled on Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. I had 2 strikes against me during this trip, this burger bar may keep me from striking out.

The customer service was outstanding from start to end. Our server, Ashley (maybe misspelled) was on her “A” game. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered up her personal favorites. The conversation didn’t seem fake and she was very up beat. She will go down as the best server to date that I have ever had in a casual dining atmosphere. The manager on duty didn’t charge us for our fried pickles starter because he thought the fried pickles were slow getting to the table (For us ~ no time issue). The service alone will have us come back when we make a return trip to Charlotte.

Let’s go over the food:

We started with the Fried Pickle Starter served with ranch dressing. ($7.25)

Fried Pickles

This would be the second time I have had fried pickles and this version had a little more of a kick in flavor. The batter was crispy and fell apart from the pickle easily. As you can see the pickles were lightly battered. Overall they were alright, I’m slowly becoming a fan of fried pickles.

Jerry’s Build a Burger: Bison burger with Fried Egg, Buttermilk Fried Bacon, Blue Cheese and Bacon Mayo. Along with House Made Chips ( $17)

Jerry’s Build a Burger

Shawn’s Build a Burger: 6oz burger with Fried Egg, Buttermilk Fried Bacon, White Cheddar, and Bacon Mayo. Along with Sweet Potato Fries ($15.50)

Jerry and myself decided to get creative with our burgers from a wide variety of topping options. We highly recommend getting the Buttermilk Fried Bacon, it takes the burger to a whole new level of awesomeness. The fried egg starting to be a “must” for me when available. The busted yolk adding to the flavor of the burger. The bacon mayo was not a big impact so next time I’ll probable leave it off the burger. The cost of the burger was well justified and had no problem paying that price. I will never have an issue paying higher price for better quality burger over a $6 tasteless mess from a fast food place.

Josh’s Southern Burger: Basic burger topped with chili, American cheese, relish, mustard and slaw.($10)

Josh’s Southern Burger

Josh’s memory of his burger experience was lacking. I guess in future reviews I need to get his information right away. He was able to say his burger was good, the chili was mild and tater tots were normal.

The overall experience was great! We’ll definitely make it back. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar so we can sample the shakes (Chunky Elvis) along with the burgers.

Service: 9.5/10

Burger: 8/10

Atmosphere: 8/10

We Visited Bad Daddy’s Ballantyne Location: 15105 John J. Delaney Drive, Ste. A
Charlotte, NC 28277

Pawleys Front Porch – Hamburger Heaven in Columbia

Pawleys Front Porch is located in Columbia, SC. I have been to this place twice in the last couple months and was not disappointed at all. There is three things my taste buds know well pizza, BBQ, and hamburgers. Pawleys Front Porch has the best hamburgers I tasted yet.

Our first visit to Pawleys was on a Sunday, we sat inside the restaurant. The inside can have a cramp feeling when the place is jumping with customers (try to get a booth if you can).  A few items come into play when I make a burger selection off the menu. I don’t do veggie toppings or mustard. My burger got to have some kind of cheese and another protein on it to take the hamburger to another level. I chose the Wadmalaw Burger: chipotle BBQ sauce, fried pickle chips, applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. The only topping that was a big question mark for me was the fried pickle chips, not a big fan of pickles in general. These fried pickle chips were awesome, the batter was the key factor. I kinda wish I would have ordered them as an appetizer. The BBQ sauce was the highlight of the burger with a perfect tang taste. The burger was cooked just right still retaining all of it juices. The Wadmalaw  was a burger masterpiece.

Pawleys Front Porch

Wadmalaw on left and Beaufort on right

The second visit, we chose to sit outside on the patio. Great place to people watch while enjoying a quick-lunch. This time around I chose to be a little bit more daring in my selection of the burger. I went after the Beaufort: Franks Red Hot onion ring, fried egg, apple cured ham and cheddar cheese. I had to minus the Frank onion ring because of my passion to dislike onions. The burger was good but the fried egg played a smaller role than I was expecting. I did not get much taste from the egg but the ham made up for the difference. Overall it was still better than the average hamburger.

Every time we drive through Columbia we mention about stopping at Pawleys Front Porch for a round of hamburgers. Take note on Tuesdays, they do half price burger from 5pm to 7pm which makes it an absolute bargain.