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I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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Just Say No to Just Burgers

I recently got a bike, and just to be honest, the bike was really because I wanted to explore other food venues in our neighborhood easily without having to wait for the subway (yes, true confessions of a fat kid). So on Saturday, my boyfriend and I biked to Ditmars Blvd in Astoria to try Just Burgers.  Just Burgers is an order at the counter type place, where you build your own burger. The girl at the counter was really helpful explaining the menu, and for $23, we got two sodas, two burgers and a side of fries.

Props to Just Burgers for the fountain soda, but the burger was mediocre at best. While I appreciated the loads of melted cheese on it, it just tasted super greasy.  It was two patties, but they were both tasteless, not really juicy – just greasy.  It was also served on a sesame seed bun – to me this wasn’t the end of the world, but Chad (the bf) is not a sesame fan so he was a bit disappointed.  The sea salt fries, despite eating in the restaurant, were a tad soggy (and I did not notice any difference in that they were sea salt fries).  I did like that Just Burgers was trying to be innovative with a variety of sauces (yay chipotle aioli) but that was the bright spot of the lunch. I also liked that they had an array of toppings.  I went simple with just tomatoes, pickles and lettuce.  I did not like that the lettuce tasted really warm – I do like cold, crisp lettuce on my burger.

I’ll spare you the details, but my boyfriend and I rode our bikes home with our tummies rumbling, and I may have laid in the fetal position within 15 minutes after eating the burger.   If you find yourself out in Astoria, this is a spot to skip.

The Basics
Name: Just Burgers
Location: 33-01 Ditmars Blvd
Who to Bring: Someone you don’t mind laying in the fetal position with.
Price: $ Burgers run about $8.
Overall: 2 stars. Not the worst dining experience but not memorable – except for the aftermath.

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