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The Search for the Best Burger in Iloilo City

I’m always on the search for the best burger in Iloilo City. I’ve tried some beef patties, or what was passing for beef, on our island province of Guimaras, but have always come away with more bun than actual meat. Pitstop in Guimaras, has one of the worst burgers (and pizzas) I have ever tasted so I have to take a motorized banca boat to travel to Panay Island for some real hamburger havens.

When we moved to the big city, Springfield, Illinois, we would visit our local MacDonald’s on MacArthur Blvd, where a burger was 15¢ and fries were only 12¢. To a sixth-grade kid who rarely got to taste the sweet nectar of RC Cola, but for special occasions, a soft drink to wash down a burger and fries was the closest thing to heaven on earth. Well, that and Barbara Eden’s navel on “I Dream of Jeannie.”
Even though I’ve lived in the Philippines for over six years now, I still have an affinity for a good burger. But a good burger, like a good politician, is sometimes hard to find in the archipelago.
I’ve had tasty burgers in Iloilo at Crave and The Mojave Grill and Steak House. I still love MacDonald’s though the price of burgers and fries have gone up since my first visit to one.
Cebu City has an extremely tasty hamburger over at their Flame It Burger Cafe outlets.
But until recently, when my asawa and I traveled to SM City in Iloilo and roamed the recent outlets that have been added there, I haven’t found a good burger in Iloilo that would rank as one of the best.
We dropped into Zark’s Burger, a noisy, busy joint that features the Tombstone Challenge, to try them out.
 zark's burger iloilo

I’m a big eater, but there was no way I was even going to attempt the Tombstone Challenge.  I went to the Major League section of the menu and picked a Maverick Burger, a half-pound patty with deep-fried bacon while my asawa ordered a Breakfast Burger, a half-pound of beef topped with an egg and bacon.

Both burgers were good but my deep-fried bacon was a disappoint while my spouse’s bacon wasn’t crispy so she handed it to me. I happily gulped it down.

It took a while for a server to come over to us, though there were at least two waiters and waitresses standing around. The place was extremely noisy with speakers loudly blaring music I didn’t recognize, though I hardly keep up with whatever is popular nowadays anyway.

But as noted, the burgers, fries and lemonade were good (couldn’t order soft drinks) but the extreme noise would keep us away from another visit. Too bad. The hamburgers there definitely rank as one of the best burgers in Iloilo City but this crusty old American expat in the Philippines just can’t handle the noise.

5 thoughts on “The Search for the Best Burger in Iloilo City”

  1. Well I certainly have to agree about Barbara Eden’s navel. She is one of the most underrated hotties ever.

    As far as the burger part of your article…my cholesterol went up about 60 points just reading about your search for a good hamburger.

    I have to agree though…I have had some pretty decent hamburgers in the Philippines but nothing I would consider FANTASTIC.

    I am sure you will keep searching.

  2. Dave,
    I would say the best burgers that i have had were at Texas Joes in Subic and at Wendy’s in Angeles. You need to try a ground pork tenderloin burger, seasoned just right, on the grill. Very tasty and don’t have to go anywhere to get it.

  3. Hi Dave, I know what you mean about some noisey restaurants trying to eat with
    Rap music blasting away, best burger I have to agree with the papa duck. Texas joes in subic great burger lovely restaurant and not bad prices, sometimes I go to
    Burger King if I’m desperate for a burger but we have started making burgers at
    Home and homemade sausage, I can’t live just to eat rice got to have some home comforts , if there is a brothers burger restaurant in Iloilo try them not a bad burger,
    Derek in pasig.

  4. Nothing better then some good 80/20 ground chuck burger. Dave as you know her in central il. There are plenty of places to get a good burger. But still always searching for Another great burger . My favorite one here is at the “burger barge” it’s a dive restaurant in east Peoria alongside the Illinois river.

  5. Hey Dave Many moons ago there was an A&W Root Beer Stand out near Fort Bonifacio in Manila which was just like in States. Just drive up and park and young lady would come out and take your order and put tray on window. Had good Burgers and Frosty Root Beer Glasses. Only different was they had Monkeys and Birds in Glass enclosure you could watch while eating your Burgers in Car. Use to stop there all the time when driving to see wife’s outlaws in Manila. Back in good Old Days. Might not be there anymore with all the changes.

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