With the recent opening of a new burger joint in Williamsburg, now's a good time to review some of the best hamburger dining options in town, listed in alphabetical order.
4915 Courthouse St., New Town Open Sunday - Thursday 11 AM - 9 PM, Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 10 PM (757) 565-5580 Next to the New Town Cinemas, Cheeburger is a chain offering burgers ranging from somewhat normal size to almost a pound big. Decent fries and onion rings, and a large selection of burger toppings to choose from. Probably the highlight, though, is the ridiculous number of shake and malt flavors available - mixing and matching encouraged. A bit on the pricey side, though.
High Street, 1430 Richmond Rd. Open daily 11 AM - 10 PM (757)-229-1213 Sometimes described as the East Coast's answer to In-N-Out Burger. Founded in Arlington, they opened a store in Williamsburg a couple of weeks ago. Great burgers and fries - the bacon burger's my personal favorite. Start small when ordering - a "little" burger and regular fries may be enough for most. All burgers are served well-done, but a medium-done fan like me was still quite happy with the result. If you have peanut allergies, keep in mind that Five Guys offers peanuts-in-the-shell while you wait and that fries are cooked in peanut oil. Located in the High Street complex off Richmond Road, in the Movie Tavern building (about the only commercial building open there at the time of this writing).
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7127 Merrimac Trail Open Monday & Tuesday 10 AM - 4 PM, Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM - 7:30 PM Closed Sunday (757)-229-3051 With a name spelled like this, you know it has to be good. A local operation that's been around since around 1951 with solid burgers, good fries (onion rings, too), and a variety of soft ice cream and shake flavors to choose from. Phoning ahead may be a good idea - orders can take a while to prepare.
435 Prince George St. Open daily 11 AM - 8 PM (757)-253-8816
Another local eatery, Retro's focus is on hot dogs, but they offer a decent burger, too. The real attractions here, though, are the fries - arguably the best in town - and the custard shakes. Coke and root beer floats also available.-- Fred Dingledy
hamburger photo credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid