February 6, 2009

fur duckers

Cudfruckers. Duckrudders. Fuddruckers.


What a silly name. Silly but catchy.

Have you been to one? I've found that they're hit-or-miss. One visit I'll have a moist and luscious and flavorful burger (I usually go for the turkey burger), and the next, I'll be served a dry hunk of yuck (not worthy of being called a burger at all). However, as far as burger chains go, one of my qualifying standards is that they have a pepperjack cheese option. Fuddrucker's is one of the few that does, so I can't stay mad.

Other good aspects? They toast the bun and have a toppings bar with all the lettuce, tomatoes, and jalapeno peppers anyone could ever want. Oh, and they have brown mustard, which is also an important part of my ideal burger.

Yep, my dry-burger rage has completely fizzled out now.

Meanwhile, some of you asked about the brand of mandoline that I used for my sweet potater chips. It's an Orka, which is apparently an extremely obscure brand--they don't even have a website. Mambalaya got it for $20 at TJ Maxx, and yes, it's a little rickety, but so far I have zero complaints.


Reminder: You have one more week to send me your cinnamon goodness. I haven't received a lot of entries, but the ones I've gotten have been stellar. Keep 'em coming!

37 comments:

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Haha Grace, as I was reading this, I was imagining you walking in to different burger joints with your own pepper jack cheese and asking them to melt it on to your burger. I don't know why, haha...

Sophie said...

I've never been to Fudrucker's! I'll have to bring my gf buns ;). Oh, I have my entry...I'll post it this evening or in the morning, I made it this weekend, I've just been too lazy to post!

lisaiscooking said...

For a party I threw years ago, I set up a 'fixings' bar for burgers. Someone at the party commented that it was just like Fuddruckers. I took that as a high compliment! Brown mustard is definitely a must.

Ingrid said...

Ha,ha! We grew up going to Fuddruckers. My Dad lloved their burgers. Me I don't do burgers. Their cookies were pretty good! :-)
~ingrid

kat said...

Wow, I can't remember the last time I went to a fuddruckers

Dawn said...

No such animal around these parts. But I have heard good things about them. A topping bar? A place where I can have as many pickles & hots as I want? Yeah baby!

LilSis said...

I had one bad experience at a Fuddruckers back in TX and I've never given them another shot. We do have one here in CA now very close to our house. Maybe it's time I give them another try! I do love a toasted bun on a burger. My 'burger lovin' 15 year old son would love it if I took him there!

Everyone goes nuts for In 'N' Out Burger here in CA, and trust me, they are overrated.

Thanks for the post. If there was any guarantee that our burger would look like your photo, I'd be there today!

Culinarywannabe said...

We had a Fuddruckers in Tampa when I was really young and I remember loving it! That and Checkers. Yumm...you are giving me red meat cravings and it's not even noon yet!

Albany Jane said...

That condiment bar is freaking awesome! I'm going to have to go back to try one of their burgers at this point.

Bellini Valli said...

I have been to a Fuddruckers in the States sometime over my lifetime. Yes it is a catchy name:D

Rosie said...

I've never been to Fudruckers Grace but boy love that name!

Rosie x

foodhoe said...

I've been to fuddruckers and agree there are better burgers to be had, but the condiment bar rocks. mmmm, pepper jack cheese

Paula said...

The Fuddruckers around here closed out when Red Robin moved in. Too bad, a little competition is a good thing. I always held back from saying their name ... even now, I just know it would come out wrong! :-)

Heather said...

i used to go to fudruckers a lot cause it was right across the street from my old job. i hated that job more than anything so i think i have negative memories because of it! i should give them another shot...

Maryann said...

That's a name I haven't heard in a good long while. :)

PaniniKathy said...

I loved Fuddrucker's in high school (esp their homemade rolls). The location near me isn't quite as good as I'd remembered. I do appreciate the condiment bar!

Robin Sue said...

Ah the fudd's! I am with you- hit or miss, mostly miss. When they first opened they were a hit in our town. Loved the grilled buttery buns but I think they have gone downhill in the last 20 years. We have five guys here which is popular but I really like Red Robin's burgers, very juicy!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

LOL having no Fuddruckers near me I thought you were swearing about a kitchen related mishap!

Bunny said...

I've never heard of this place, it sounds pretty nice though!

Erinn @ Sunday Dish said...

Hey Grace,
I had a few bad experiences at the Fud myself, and I get really peeved at a bad burger. So, best to avoid situations that make one peeved, no?
I've been MIA for awhile and have missed reading your adventures! Thinking I may just turn in a dish for the cinnamon adveture/contest you have goin' on!

Abby said...

I won't tell you what my husband calls it. (Not so nice... Men.) I haven't been there in so long - not since college, I don't think.

Lori said...

Um, turducken... yah know, to add to your list.

Same mandolin I got. It's a smashing mandolin for the price. DOes the job and I have no complaints either!

Columbus Foodie said...

I miss Fuddruckers. We used to have a few here in Columbus but they all packed up and moved out of town a couple of years ago. :(

dessertobsessed said...

i've never been to fuddruckers, but i see them around sometimes. there used to be one near my house, but it closed down before i got the chance to go, hahaha

Helene said...

Never heard of that place before. We don't have this resto in Canada.

Leslie said...

mmmm.I love Fudruckers. their bund are out of this world!

Pam said...

I went to one once. It was really tasty but they were so far away, I never went back.

noble pig said...

OMG I haven't been to Fudd rucks in so long, geez now you have me all dreamy of going...I haven't seen one in California in a long time...I wonder if they are still here.

Nazarina A said...

Hi Gracie,
I have never been to this place.This burger in your picture though looks mighty tasty with the oozing cheese.

Peter M said...

We have a chain of
"Firkin" pubs..."fox & firkin", fiddle & firkin, etc.

Their motto is "come and have a firkin time"...you know you wanna say it...F-in!

jesse said...

Your pictures are killin' me! I need an effin' burger so effin' badly now. =P

kellypea said...

Ahhh...I was having a complete burger meltdown the other day and then my kid got a meh report card and it took all the wind out of my sails. I'll have to get revved up again! Haven't been to Fud's in very long while...

Marjie said...

All I know is that several years ago, a friend's wife had a Fuddrucker's T shirt that said, "You ain't been rucked till you've been Fuddrucked." It made me giggle.

MaryBeth said...

We have a Fuddrucker's in our nearby town of Tualatin. I have taken the kids a few times and we love it. It is a little bit expensive but very good and fun at the same time.

kimberleyblue said...

Never heard of Fuddrucker's, but it's always exciting to find a new favourite place to eat. Looks good!

Talita said...

I don't know what is duckers but that picture is enough to have my mouth water.

Jude said...

I hate getting hockey puck burgers myself. I mean cmon how hard can it be?