There’s no doubt Americans love to eat out and in the age of social media, they love to talk about where they eat out too. The average American spends about $2,500 every year eating out and about 65% of the conversations people have online are about where they’re going out to eat.
When it comes to deciding where to eat, there’s no denying that burger and shakes are a popular choice for Americans; in fact there are more than 50,000 burger restaurants around the United States, more than 7% of all U.S. eateries.
Americans aren’t afraid to gobble up burgers. Americans eat hamburgers by the billion every year; 14 billion in fact. They account for about 60% of all sandwiches sold and are popular any time of the year. Whether you’re visiting a neighborhood joint or visiting a burger restaurant on vacation, you can’t go wrong with grabbing a burger. Every vacation destination and big city in the U.S. has a burger restaurant the locals will tell you is the best in town and you can find endless lists online of the best burgers in every state and city.
If you’re vacationing and you’re looking to try a new burger restaurant, here are a few things to look for:
- Food: For any restaurant, its success begins and ends with the food. Great food can help a restaurant’s reputation spread by word of mouth quickly and the same thing can happen if the food is bad. Reputable burger restaurants will have a great menu, plenty of options and an eye for quality. After all, many of the places you hear about having the “best burger in town” get that label for a reason: the food is that good.
- Atmosphere: Whether you’re going to burger restaurants, a bourbon bar, a whiskey bar or even a family eatery, you want a good atmosphere to go along with great food. A warm and inviting atmosphere can be just as important. Maybe a restaurant has pictures of its history on the walls, maybe there’s a random assortment of knick knacks to look at while you’re waiting for your meal.
- Service: Nothing can kill the vibe during a visit to a restaurant than poor service. Whether it’s a long wait food, getting the wrong order and just receiving bad customer service, it can leave a big impression on people. As previously mentioned, people love to talk about where they’re eating and chances are you’ve seen ample social media posts about how terrible an experience people had at a restaurant and how no one should ever eat there.
When everything lines up perfectly, there’s nothing quite like trying new burger restaurants and being blown away by the taste and the atmosphere. If you’re traveling and looking for a new place to try, do some research and don’t be afraid to ask some locals where their favorite spots are.