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Chiang Mai, Thailand's Burger King De-Throned By The Dukes!
Chiang Mai Thailand - For decades Chiang Mai has been home to Thailand's best hamburgers, as it is well known throughout the country that Mike's Original Hamburgers has been converting vegetarians since 1979. Thailand's "King" of burgers opened his first restaurant in Chiang Mai, serving typical American style fast food, greasy burgers, french fries, hot dogs, milk shakes and more. The restaurant enjoyed a popular following, especially with the late night crowd coming out of the nearby bars at Loi Kroh.
It didn't take long for Mike's Burgers to expand, opening new locations around the city of Chiang Mai, and even a failed attempt at a location in Phuket. While Mike's is still popular with tourists and locals, there is a new kid on the block, and they are quickly making a serious claim for the title of "Best Hamburger in Thailand". Opening just over a month ago, directly across the street from Mike's original restaurant, The Duke's offers a much different style, and a whole new hamburger experience.
Contrary to the 1980s modern, fast food style, you find at Mike's, the atmosphere at The Duke's is closer to a 1950s style burger joint, with polished chrome decorative doors, high bar stools, and good old fashioned hearty hamburgers made from "fresh" ingredients. The meat patties you see at Mike's look like frozen hockey pucks, with an off greyish brown color, and appear to have been in the freezer since 1979. The Duke's meat patties are much larger, bright red and appear to be freshly frozen 100% beef without additives.
The quality of the burgers at The Duke's is truly world class, worthy of comparison to any gourmet burger you would find in America. There is no comparison to the fast food you get at Mike's, which is still quite decent as long as you have been drinking beer all night and you are staggering and half blind when you arrive. It seems that there is a new "King" of hamburgers in Chiang Mai, as big Mike has been de-throned by The Dukes!