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Dads and Burgers

Monday, June 05, 2017

If the dad in your life is like ours, they'd much rather grab a cheeseburger with you than open up a new tie or leather wallet. These 7 burger spots go beyond being legit dives: They're worth discovering with your Pops. 

Diner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is the definition of a "new institution." Housed in a refurbished 1920s Kullman dining car, their famous burger has fueled the creative set in these hip parts since 1998. An in-house butcher churns out fresh, grassfed beef patties nightly, which are grilled old-school and topped with white cheddar and a crisp lettuce wave. This is our favorite burger by candlelight in America. FIND THE BURGER

A frisbee toss from fraternity row, Rotier's has cooked up its famous burger patties for Vanderbilt co-eds since the tail end of WWII. Order the signature French bread burger, a greasy timewarp that has never gone out of style. And grab a thick vanilla milkshake while you're at it. Go Dores! FIND THE BURGER

Head to the Apple Pan for its trademark "Hickory Burger," a bygone delight daubed in a smoky-tangy sauce and served up at a horseshoe counter by waiters in paper hats. Sidenote: Remember the 90s TV cult-fave, "Beverly Hills 90210" on Fox? The Peach Pit was modeled after this iconic hang. FIND THE BURGER

So many burgers in the Texas capitol. This year, take Pops to Clark's Oyster Bar (trust us) just west of downtown and go for their pan-roasted angus burger with gruyere and a mustardy gribiche sauce. A mountain of shoestring fries sings a salty backup, too. FIND THE BURGER

Cass Corridor's Bronx Bar is a Detroit staple. And that's saying a lot because the Motor City is rich on throwback neighborhood bars. Picture it: Perfectly moody pool table. Ice cold PBR. And a two-handed hubcap burger that cuts no corners and tastes better the later the night goes. FIND THE BURGER

The Holy City is well known for its Southern fare and Lowcountry fresh catch. But go north on King Street to Little's Jacks Tavern and the vibe is Old New York chophouse with a boxer's interior design jab. Cozy up to their Tavern Burger, griddled to perfection with sunchoke relish and American cheese. It's only four ounces of beef, so don't be afraid of ordering a Father's Day one-two punch. FIND THE BURGER

Dad like a big glass of Cabernet with his burger? Then take the old man to Nopa, the restaurant beloved by chefs and waiters all over the Bay Area. Their wood-grilled burger comes with cheddar and pickled onions, and goes down especially nice when you splurge for a big red bottled up in Dry Creek Valley. FIND THE BURGER