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Best New Burger Joint 

Pickles

The old grungy location of Clown Alley has been completely transformed into the new upscale Pickles. The upgraded venue still offers burgers and dogs, but they're made from all-organic and sustainably farmed meats and poultry. The open patio is now enclosed, and rooms featuring booths and comfortable tables and chairs — and a fireplace — face the open grill room. Try the excellent five-ounce Clown burgers ($6) or the eight-ounce Pickle burgers ($9), which are made with Prather Ranch beef, adorned with tomatoes, red onion, Little Gem lettuce, and housemade dill pickle chips, and served on a bakery bun (cheese $1 extra). There are also sliders, chicken burgers, and veggie burgers made with black bean cakes and portobello mushrooms. Sides include handcut Kennebec fries, beer-battered red onion rings, beef brisket chili — and house creamed corn garnished with shishito peppers. For dessert, there are sundaes made with East Coast-style frozen custard.

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