THE BEST BURGER: Local restaurants put a spin on the basic burger

Published: Monday, September 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM.

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The Irish burger

The famous dollar-bill dressed restaurant, McGuire’s Irish Pub, has been in business at the foot of the Destin Bridge since 1997.

The restaurant is known for its Terrible Garbage burger and its more than 25 different, and not-so-complementing, ingredients.

“The garbage burger, you know, everybody wants to see how disgusting it is,” said general manager at McGuire’s, Patrick Grantello.

Another burger favorite at McGuire’s is the Big Daddy burger. It’s packed with bacon, cheddar and a pile of jalapeños. Food Network host, Aaron "Big Daddy" McCargo, named the burger for McGuire’s while taping “Outrageous Foods” in 2010.

Grantello said that their burgers keep customers coming back for more because “they’re 14 ounces, pattied fresh every single day, they’re cooked to order, they’re 80 percent lean beef to 20 percent fat, which makes them very juicy.”

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