Reno >Food & Dining > Giant Burger
801 N Virginia St, Reno, NV | Directions 8950139.535063 -119.816260
Neighborhoods: West University
To sum up my experience, it was a solid 7 mainly due to a gross reused catchup container that was once a Heinz squeeze bottle with the label removed. It was wiped down, but there was lingering dirt along the cap from long term handling. You know white cap, but it has darker spots on it? It hadn't been recently put through the dishwasher to remove this dirt and undoubtedly a germ haven. Well aside from that crushing blow, the service time was over 10 minutes from order to table. OK wait time, except considering my food was the only one being cooked at that point.
Now you might say, I'm staying clear of Giant Burger. HOLD ON, the cheese burger was outstandingly moist, not greasy and full a great flavor. The lettuce and tomato were both as fresh as could be, the sauce was a delicious thousand island variety, and the onion was very mild. As for the bun I thought it was a little dry but that meat was simply out of this world.
The fries were the thick cut variety and cooked till crisp on the outside. The inside had an odd consistency, being very mushy. If I didn't know better I would have thought they were over over-processed potatoes. The flavor was very good and the oil they used was recently changed.
How many times when you go to a restaurant in Reno do you find the parking lot full. Good sign usually right? When there are four spots in the entire lot you run the risk of not finding a open spot. I had to park on a side street a block away. At least I found a spot, being so close to UNR, parking is at a premium. Oh well, we can all use the exercise.
The menu is limited to burgers and a chicken cutlet if memory serves me right. In any case, I'm after the signature dish and that means cheeseburgers. After getting hit with a $20 bill for two people each having a double with fires and soda, my expectations were tested.
Placed my order at the counter and sat at the booth seating available. There were two other parities during lunch on a Thursday, no what I would call a busy lunch, especially for being just after 12:30.
If it wasn't for the dirty ketchup bottle, I would have given Giant Burger an 8. Its just that the bottle showed clear signs of not being properly cleaned for weeks. Note to owner: If your going to reuse plastic bottles they need to be thoroughly cleaned every so often. Wiping off the ketchup from the top is just not good enough.
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