The Horseshoe II – Breckenridge, CO
May the Horseshoe rest in peace. It *was* hands down the best burger in fries I had ever had. A good, thick burger with all the trimmings (bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle slices). Fries were extracrispy. Awesome atmosphere with old ski pictures. Closed down in 2008 years ago and was replaced with a hoity-toity restaurant. Tragic. Which is why the search had to resume…
Long before Aaron Sanchez and Adam Richmond declared the Cherry Cricket as one of the best burgers in the country, our friends Mike and Mary took us there for the best burger I’ve everhad. The Cherry Cricket burger topped with caramelized onions, bacon and pepper jack cheese, I had found the best. Still think that if the Horseshoe II was around that it could easily take on the Cherry Cricket burger, but I guess the Cherry Cricket burger will have to take over for now.
Just greasy enough, good sturdy bun. But the fries… Excellent double-fried fries with coarse sea salt on top. All fries come with choice of dipping sauce (like 20 different ranches and ketchups to pick from!). Their burger is good, but the fries steal the show. And not to mention a perfect pickle on the side, that’s always a winner in my book.
If you’ve ever been to Colorado, you know we kind of have a thing for buffalo burgers. Now, I know other places have buffalo burgers on the menu, but here you’ll see them at every.single.restaurant in the area. So when I recently took my parents up to Boulder when they were visiting, my dad wanted lunch at the brewery. And (like always), I was in the mood for a killer burger. So I ordered a buffalo burger with pepperjack and carmelized onions (one of my favorite burger toppings). And this was, hands down, the best buffalo burger and one of the best anything burgers I’ve ever had. It was SO juicy, which is a little rare for buffalo meat, which tends to be leaner and tougher. but it was cooked perfectly and absolutely divine. I ate almost the entire half-pound burger and a majority of my fries. I was so full I thought I was going to throw up, but it was so good I just couldn’t stop eating! SO if you’re in Boulder, go get a Buffalo Burger from the Boulder Brewing Company. And get a Hazed and Infused to wash it down 🙂
The Volcano Burger. Chipotle BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese, batter-fried jalapenos, honey pepper bacon, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. O. M. G. Scott was the one who actually ordered it. I took a bite and was blown away. I
was afraid the fried jalapenos would be too spicy, but it was just the right amount of kick. So good I had to steal a second bite. And with sweet potato fries on the side, it definitely made this burger a top contender.
The Cowboy Burger. A half-pound burger topped with bacon, BBQ sauce, and three (yes, three) onion rings. Now, we all know that I have a thing for fries, but every now and then I cheat on the french fry and get onion rings. I love me some good onion rings. So top a burger with them? Yes please! And their fries were hand-cut and topped with sea salt. They were divine. I kept stealing them from Scott’s plate 🙂
It’s not your traditional burger. It had pepper jack cheese and a big mound of jalapeno cream cheese. Addlettuce, tomato and onion, and it was glorious. Only downfall was that it was super messy and really rich from all the cream cheese. Excellent fries as well.