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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than ...
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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than they were when they first put Born in the U.S.A. or The River down on the turntable, still feels like Bruce has something -- OK, a lot of things -- to say about our country and the way we live our lives, things that not a lot of other artists are saying. And whether he's talking about the knife that can cut this pain from your heart, the house that's waiting for you to walk in or what that flag flying over the courthouse means, he's nailing down feelings that are so universal that they can raise your spirits and break your heart at the same time. Plus, let¹s face it, the man rocks.
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By Hannah / Burgers and Bruce
June 7, 2013 11:13 a.m.

Editor’s note: With Bruce Springsteen headed to Wembley June 15, our friend Hannah of Burgers and Bruce — absolutely the best Springsteen-and-hamburger blog EVER — offered to provide a Springsteen fan’s guide to the burgers of London. See her suggestions below, and follow her on Twitter at @BurgersAndBruce.

Hannah of Burgers and Bruce is ready for The Boss.

In less than a fortnight, Springsteen fans from around the world will be descending on my hometown of London to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rocking Wembley Stadium. Two weeks later, Bruce and the band will be gracing the stage of the Olympic Park, to continue what they didn’t get to finish at Hard Rocking Calling last year in Hyde Park.
On each tour I always do whatever I can to travel abroad at least one show to see the band play. It’s a totally different experience depending on the city, with a different set of fans to those I meet at home. In the U.S., I’ve seen more fist pumping than I thought was humanly possible. In Italy I’ve gawked at hundreds of men dressed up as Bruce, little beard and all. For fans travelling to the UK this year, I expect you’ll see crowds of fans huddled under umbrellas, shivering in the rain.
It’s no secret I like my food, so these trips abroad have become as much about the dishes I’m going to eat, as the songs I’m going to hear. Whether it’s a parmo in Middlesbrough, a pizza in Florence or a hot dog in New York, I’ll always make sure that I’m well fed when I’m on my own Springsteen tour.
With Bruce and the band soon playing in London, many fellow travelling Springsteen fans have asked me to share some eating spots in the city. Naturally, it’s only right if this is a compilation of the second ‘b’ closest to my heart. For the Springsteen fans out there who love their burgers as much as Bruce, this post is for you!
Burger Bear 
Burger BearA Springsteen fan himself, Burger Bear Tom serves up some of the best street stall burgers going in London. The Grizzly Bear burger is a personal favourite, with a sticky sweet home-made concoction of ‘bacon jam’ which is generously dolloped inside. For fans of street food, Burger Bear is one of many great street food stalls available at various food markets in London.
Red Market on Wednesday to Friday and at Harringay Market on Sundays; @burgerbeartom
ByronOne of the most easily accessible good quality burgers in London, you can’t turn a corner without running into one of these burger joints. Ever reliable and delicious, if you find yourself short on time but still want to get an eat-in restaurant experience, this a great option (with a veggie burger on the menu too – not that I’ve tried it). Make sure you leave room for the mac’n’cheese side and the new Rocky Road dessert.
Various locations, visit www.byronhamburgers.com 
Bleeker Street 
Bleeker BurgerAlso a street stall favourite these burgers are super simple yet mouth-wateringly delicious. Influences for these burgers are taken from NYC where the owner Zan lived for 12 years. The only difficulty is choosing between a standard cheeseburger or a blue cheeseburger. One thing is for sure – always go for a double.
Various locations, visit bleekerburger.co.uk

Patty & Bun 

Dirty BurgerIf you’re looking to eat in, Patty & Bun is one of the best options in the capital, with great burgers and a just as good sound track (although I’m yet to hear Bruce played here). Be warned, there might be a queue, but these now famous burgers are worth the wait – as are the moorish chicken wings. Lay your napkins across your lap and tuck them into your collar to avoid any burger juice ruining your Springsteen t-shirt.

54 James Street, W1U 1EU


Meat MarketAnother messy option, MEATmarket is a quick and easy choice for those looking for a ‘dirty’ burger experience. Sister offering to MEATliquor (which is too dark and loud for my liking), Meat Market is open air and centrally located, great to pop into during a day of sightseeing. It’s very informal with stool seating and orders taken at the counter.

MEAT Market, The Deck, Jubilee Market Hall, Tavistock Street, WC2E 8BE

Rivington Grill 

RivingtonThe most luxe option on my list, this is a very lovely bar and restaurant good for a more formal meal in London. The burger is delicious and generously sized, but the ‘luxury’ burger topped with bacon and a fried egg is even better. Book ahead to ensure you get a table!

Rivington Steet (EC2A 3DZ) and Greenwich High Road (SE10 8NN) locations

Mother Flipper 

Mother FlipperAnother street stall option, you can’t go wrong with Mother Flipper’s double candied bacon burger. Just look at how beautiful it is. Again, being a street stall, there’s other great street food options alongside.

Various locations, visit www.motherflipperburgers.com 


HonestWithout a doubt this is one of London’s top cheap eat burgers, the only thing as good as the ‘Honest’ burger is the rosemary fries (my favourite in London). Ever popular, a meal at Honest does often require a wait to get a table, but the good news is you can put your name down, go for a drink, and they’ll call you when it’s ready. Whether you go to the central branch in Soho or original location in Brixton, there’s plenty of watering holes to pass the time at before you eat.

Unit 12 Brixton Village (SW9 8PR) and 44 Meard Street (Soho) W1F 0EF

Dirty Burger 

Dirty BurgerHeading north in London is Dirty Burger, a small cosy ‘shack’ of a burger place. Super cheap with a small menu featuring as little as burgers, crunchy onion fries and bottomless tea and coffee, if you’re staying in this part of town then it’s definitely one to visit.

‘Round The Back’, 79 Highgate Road, NW5 1TL

Eliott’s Cafe

Eliott's CafeThis burger takes some careful planning as it’s only available on a Monday to Friday lunch time, but it’s consistently brilliant and nearby Borough Market is a good (if a little expensive) food market to wander.

12 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD

Lucky Chip 

Lucky ChipFor food lovers looking for burgers that are a little different to the norm, this is the place to visit. All burgers are named after celebs, the best for me is the Kelly LeBrock, a burger smothered with cream cheese and one of the messiest, most delicious burgers in the city. Located in an old pub in East London, Lucky Chip gets busy in the evenings and the weekends, so arrive early evening to bag yourself a table.

Sebright Arms, 31 – 35 Coate Street, E2 9AG

Seeing Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band should always come hand in hand with great things to eat. If you are a food lover like me, make sure you try a burger on my Burgers and Bruce list!

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