Cary, N.C. — This month The Straight Beef checked out Corbett's Burgers & Soda Bar in Cary, near the intersection of Kildaire Farm and Maynard roads, where the burgers are prepared fresh in-house daily.
Corbett, the man who owns Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar, knows a thing or two – or twelve – about hamburgers. He’s spent countless hours refining the blend of the beef, which he grinds fresh, in-house, every day. To me, these things were obvious. My burger – with its glorious char, correctly prepared bacon, and grilled buttered bun – was simply close to perfect.
If you need a great burger in Cary without a lot of fuss, stop by Corbett’s and order a bacon cheeseburger (and a blueberry lemonade soda). I, for one, will be a regular.
Michael’s rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar offers more than 250 regional and specialty sodas, which is great gimmick to get folks in the door. But the real attraction is the freshly ground burgers.
My double pimento burger delivered rich, beefy flavor, with a little char from the open-flame grill, and the toppings were spot on. The burgers are served wrapped in foil, so the patty steams a bit, turning the house-made pimento cheese into a soupy mess, but that was well worth it for a burger that holds its own with the best in the Triangle.
Chad’s rating: a very solid 4.0 out of 5.0
Especially when a place is new, it’s easy to get caught up in its specialty burgers, when you can actually learn more from how well it does the simple things. This in mind, I ordered a double cheeseburger, “all the way” (traditional toppings), with American cheese. The patty had a nice accent of char on the outside and was pink and juicy in the middle – just the right contrast, amplified by the double slices of melted cheese.
If you’re looking for a very good old-fashioned burger, then I have the place for you: Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar.
Don’s rating: 4.25 out of 5.0
Truth be told, I was rooting for this place. Given how close it is to my home, I wanted the burger to be good. I wanted a place to stop by with my kids after school to teach them one of the most important lessons of the day: This is what a great burger tastes like. I’ve rooted for places before, only to be disappointed, but halfway through the open-grill masterpiece at Corbett’s, I knew that I was rooting for a winning team.
Cary needed a great, independent burger place. It got one.
Scott’s rating: 4.5 out of 5.0
Scott Blumenthal, Michael Marino, Chad Ward and Donald Corey are The Straight Beef, professional burgiatrists who review, rate and rank Triangle-area burgers on their award-winning blog. You can read more about The Straight Beef, including their education and scholarship, ratings system, and burger categorization method here.