Find upbeat burgers at the Biltmore

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By James McElwee ’10
THE ROUNDUP

Zinburger is a new Fox Restaurant concept located at the Biltmore Fashion Park right next to another Fox restaurant, True Foods.

You may remember Fox Restaurants from other restaurants like Sauce and Olive & Ivy.

The food at Zinburger is, well, burgers.  And boy are they good.  However, at around $10 a burger, they are a little expensive, but considering Zinburger’s locale, not bad.

Just like Lenny’s, a place with burgers in the name is going to have good hamburgers, and Zinburger has some of the best.  They are thick, juicy and amazing.  Pretty much everything a burger should be.

The Samburger is one of their best burgers.  It has smoked bacon, American cheese and Thousand Island dressing.

Zinburger also offers a Kobe burger for true meat connoisseurs.  While the use of Kobe beef in a hamburger may seem like a bit of a waste, it is really worth it.

The burger is extremely tender and fatty and lives up to its namesake.  However at $14 it is pretty expensive.

Not everything at Zinburger is hamburgers though. They also offer salads, a veggie burger, an Ahi Tuna sandwich and a Buffalo chicken sandwich.

The buffalo chicken sandwich is one of the best items on the menu.

It is a piece of fried chicken, coated in buffalo sauce, and slapped between a bun with pepper jack cheese and ranch dressing.  The chicken is spicy and juicy and is really good.

However the salads, or at least the BLT salad, end up being slightly disappointing.  A large BLT salad runs you $8 for a lot of romaine lettuce, tomato wedges and a little sprinkling of bacon.

It was truly “rabbit food,” and could have been much better with big pieces of bacon and slices of tomato so that the salad would not seem so boring.  However, no one should go to a place known for hamburgers and order a salad.

Of course at a burger joint there have to be fries.  And the fries at Zinburger are really good, but by far the best tasting are the zucchini fries, which may come as a surprise.

Served with ranch dressing they are really delicious and go well with burgers.

Zinburger also has a variety of desserts, or as their menu says “Shakes, Floats and Pie.”  The milkshakes there are pretty good.

They are supposed to taste like another dessert.

They have a strawberry cheesecake shake, Crème Brûlée, and bananas foster shake.  While all of them taste good, they never really truly stand up to their namesakes.

Zinburger receives 4 out of 5 for outstanding burgers and fries that more than outshine their slightly disappointing salads.

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