By Glen Macnow

Score: 7.9
Price: Traditional burger – $11. Add $3 for cheese, caramelized onions and “local slab bacon.”
Location: 15th and Locust.

First off, the signature burger, with its molten bleu cheese center, is amazing. But we’re judging the same standard burger at each joint. Nice to say that Good Dog’s Traditional Burger is pretty damned tasty as well.

The unsweetened challah roll comes from Metropolitan Bakery. Good start. The aged Gouda adds some class and smokiness. The “local slab bacon” was about the best we’ve had in this contest. And the meat – a full half-pound of ground sirloin – was cooked to perfection.

We waited an hour for a table early on a Saturday night, but I’m not complaining. At least the nice hostess kept giving us an update as we banged elbows around the well-stocked bat. I’ll put Good Dog’s burger just a notch below Royal Tavern. You may disagree and you wouldn’t fight you over it. I just happen to prefer Angus beef to sirloin because I find it tastier. But you can’t go wrong at either place.

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