5250 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Chain or Not Chain: Chain, cha, chain chain.
Reservations Needed: Nope...but you never know if or when it will be busy!
Dress Code: Clothing is your friend
Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum. That is all...thanks for reading. Ok, I guess I will elaborate. This isn't the first time I have been to Fuddruckers, and it will not be the last. Yet, going this time as a expert *cough cough, as if* food blogger, I found myself taking some extra time to notice the little things.
When you first walk in you notice it is very bright, fun loving atmosphere - with just enough Americana on the walls to avoid the "being rammed down your throat" feeling. We head up to place our order and the employee was very friendly and knowledgeable. She asked if we wanted to try one of their "exotic" burgers (which are Elk, Buffalo or Wild Boar ) but we decide to go with just the classic hamburger. They offer the burgers in, technically, 5 sizes - 1/3lb, 1/2lb, 2/3lb, 1lb and a special 2lb (which I say is a heart attack waiting to happen). I originally order a 1/3lb but get told it is equivalent to a Jr. bacon cheeseburger and I went up to 1/2lb. One of the things I love is that they ask you how you want it cooked. I love (LOVE LOVE LOVE) a good medium burger, which I seem incapable of achieving on my own. So far, my burgers have always been perfect at "Fudds". The only toppings they ask you about is cheese, grilled onions, bacon and portabella mushrooms - because they all cost extra. My recommendation is - unless you are really particular on a type of cheese - skip it! (if you keep reading you will see why..oh the suspense!)
After we placed our order we went, grabbed our drinks (self serve) and a table. It took about 10 minutes for our order to be completed and we made our way to topping heaven. Now the reason I skip the cheese is because I take advantage of the evil, yet so delicious nacho cheese sauce at the topping bar (jalapeno cheese if you prefer things a little more picante!). They offer a variety of condiments from your basic ketchup to barbeque sauce and my personal favorite honey mustard (excuse my while I have a moment). The fresh toppings are set up like a salad bar, and offer all the veggies you will need to cover the guilt of eating a huge burger. Even tucked at the end of the topping bar are lemon and lime wedges. If you have never had some fresh lemon juice squeezed on your burger - you don't know what your missing. I think it may be a Puerto Rican thing, because I had never heard of it till my mother in law told me - now I can't live without it! Oh, and did I mention that they bake all their hamburger buns in house? Well they do, and they smell heavenly.
|There is a burger under the salad - I swear.|
Fuddrucker's is a delicious option if you are looking for a scrumptious burger. Their menu does offer a variety of options - from chicken sandwiches to salads, nachos and even a veggie burger. I think the reason I enjoy it so much is because it is a once a while spot for us to go. If we were to go too frequently I believe I would get sick of it quickly - too much of anything is never good. Yet, because of that reason the price of the burger doesn't seem as bad because it is a "special" meal. You are looking at about double the price (depending on what you get) of a burger combo at your local fast food joint - it is worth it - just don't think of it as fast food but a once a month treat. I am excited to go again and think I will change it up with a different burger...maybe some elk?! Remember, variety is the spice of life!
Happy Eating, and enjoy a little squeeze of lemon!