If you’re active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, you know people love posting about everything they’re doing. One of the things people love doing on social media is posting about food and pictures of food. It’s estimated that there are now more than 400 pictures alone on Instagram with various food hashtags attached.
You may ask yourself why people most so many pictures of food. Yes, they love to share all the delicious foods they eat, but it’s also because Americans love going out to eat. It’s estimated that the average American spends roughly $2,500 a year dining out. What’s more, surveys have shown that 65% of the conversations people have online are about where they’re going out to eat. So not only do Americans love eating out, but they love talking about where they’re eating and what they’re eating.
When it comes to eating out, burger restaurants are a popular choice. For scores of Americans, there’s nothing like a good, juicy hamburger paired with an ice cold milkshake and crispy French fries. There are an estimated 50,000 burger restaurants or more in the United States, which represent more than 7% of all eateries in the U.S.
Americans don’t just like burgers, they love them. Americans eat hamburgers by the billions on an annual basis (nearly 14 billion). Whether you’re grabbing a burger from your favorite local joint or you’re trying a new place perhaps while on vacation, you can’t go wrong grabbing one. Think about it; every big city in the United States has a burger they’re known for and in some cities such as Minneapolis—where the famed Juicy Lucy was born—dozens of restaurants serve them and local all have a place that they swear by. A quick online search can pull up dozens of burger restaurants in every city you can think of.
Imagine for a minute you’re on vacation. If you’re on a quest to find the best burger money can buy, here are some tips to finding the perfect burger restaurant:
- Food: It doesn’t matter if you’re after a burger or sushi or good Italian food, finding a good restaurant begins and ends with the food. With people so active on social media these days, word of mouth can spread quickly and great reviews can greatly enhance a restaurant’s reputation. Conversely, bad reviews can mean bad business for restaurants. If you’re looking for a good burger restaurant, you’re looking for one with quality food and plenty of menu options. If you happen upon a spot that claims to have “the best burger in town,” it’s usually due to unparalleled food and quality.
- Service: If you consider yourself a real connoisseur of restaurants, you know that good customer service is important. After all, nothing kills an experience at a restaurant faster than bad service. Getting your order on wrong or getting cold food or having a long wait for food can leave a bad impression. Since people love to talk so much about where and what they’re eating, you can easily find reviews of a place to help you decide where you want to eat at.
- Atmosphere: Whether you’re going to a burger restaurant or a bourbon bar or a simple family eatery or a whiskey bar even, you want to have a great time while eating good food. A place with a warm and inviting atmosphere will make you feel comfortable and right at home and you might grow to like certain things about a place whether it’s live music or different chachkies on the walls or even old photographs.
When everything comes together—perfect food, perfect atmosphere and perfect service—there’s nothing better than trying a new burger place and sinking your teeth into a delicious burger. Doing some research, talking to locals and maybe even trying some new menu items can help you find great burgers and might even lead you to trying new burgers that quickly become your favorites.