One Friday afternoon in 2008, a group of eight red blooded heterosexual American men sat down for lunch. They gathered around a white folding table at the Oval Office in Milton, FL and each man ordered a hamburger.
These friends met on a regular basis to eat lunch, discuss sports, politics, religion, and of course; hamburgers. Halfway through their meal a hush fell upon the group. Each man was lost in his own thoughts, busy enjoying the delicious burger that sat before him.
One voice broke the silence and announced quite matter-of-factly “This is the best burger in town. Period.” A handful of others agreed, nodding, unable to speak given the amount of food in their mouth.
“Honestly, I prefer the Blue Dot” one man spoke up. Several agreed with him.
Quickly, two camps were formed: those who preferred the Oval Office and those who favored the Blue Dot.
Determined to settle this “Best Burger” debate- one of the men quietly reached for a napkin and tore it into eight separate pieces. He handed each person a small portion of the napkin and gave instructions:
“Rate the burger you just ate on a scale of 1-10. Don’t let anyone see the score. Fold your napkin in half and hand it back to me. Next week we’ll meet at the Blue Dot, we’ll score that burger and settle this debate like gentlemen.”
That following week the same group of men convened at Bartam Park in Downtown Pensacola. Seated on picnic tables underneath a small canopy- they waited patiently. One of their friends had been sent to retrieve a bag of hamburgers from the Blue Dot on De Villiers Street.
When the burgers arrived, the men sat and ate their burgers in near silence. At the time, it seemed they were moments from crowning a champion and settling the “Best Burger” debate once and for all.
The burgers had arrived from the Blue Dot in a paper bag. That bag was torn into bits and each person was provided a makeshift “score card.” Without conversation, they scored the burger.
As the scorecards were being collected- one man addressed the group “You know, if we’re going to do this the right way, we need to go to Jerry’s Drive In. Jerry’s is a Pensacola institution.”
This sparked a wildfire of conversation amongst the group about other great burgers: Fish House, The Times Grill and McGuire’s were each mentioned.
And so the Tour was born.
As the men finished their Blue Dot burgers and began to head back to work- one man reached for his smart phone and suggested “We should get our own website and document this entire process.”
And so, they did.
Within a week they had a fully functional website: www.nwflburgertour.com
The website gave readers an option to “Recommend a Tour Stop.” And the suggestions came pouring in.
That year the “Burger Tour” would go on to sample more than 25 hamburgers in the Pensacola area- each at the recommendation of one of their followers.
“It became a matter of public duty” one panel member commented.
This Panel made it clear that they weren’t concerned about ambiance or a five star dining experience. They’re committed to scoring the burger based on one criterion; TASTE.
And so, what began as a disagreement between eight friends has become something much greater.
This Panel is quick to admit that they’re simply a group of everyday, ordinary guys- but their combined “expertise” has become the trusted stamp of approval when it comes to the Pensacola Burger experience.
The Physical Therapist
The Computer Whiz
After more than three years of keeping a low profile- the Tour is proud to announce their return to the Burger Joints of Pensacola in 2012. Please recommend your Tour Stops early and often. We’re committed to delivering you the absolute best burger this area has to offer.
All the Best,
The NWFL Burger Tour