Nation's Giant Hamburgers: 1800 University Avenue in Berkeley
Cost: $5.10 (bacon cheeseburger, fries extra)
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I can't figure out what all the hype is about Nation's Giant Hamburgers. To put this ratings system in perspective, this Nation's serves the worst burger of the bunch. The bacon's way too salty (for my liking), there's loads of mediocre (read: ghetto-crappy) mayo and a weird patty with solidified cheese. There are amateurs working at these franchises, but I'm sure each one varies conditionally. Anyway, they claim a 3/4 lb. patty, but the experience is undershot, way undershot. Maybe, just maybe, the whole burger composition is 3/4 lb., maybe. But the patty certainly didn't seem that substantial. The fries aren't worth mentioning either... doh.
However, the recent architecture renovation of this particular location by Bay Area architect Kava Massih is significant; Berkeley craftsman vernacular meets a more modern diner-chic aesthetic.