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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
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Square 1 Burgers worth a visit in Brandon


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Once there was a place called Old Chicago. Located on the southeast side of the Brandon Mall, Old Chicago was the place my friends and I frequented to take advantage of their great deals and delicious pizza.

Sadly, Old Chicago closed in December 2010. In July of last year, Square 1 Burgers opened in its place. Maybe it was spite - or denial - but I had yet to visit it. I figured I needed to get over my grudges and checked the place out.

The décor around Square 1 is Midwestern, which makes sense given that owner Bill Shumate has roots in Oklahoma. It also has a more upscale feel to it, which is different than the sports feel one got from Old Chicago. Square 1 also features outdoor seating, if you'd like.

I had a seat at the bar and the helpful bartender suggested the Juicy Lucy, an 8-ounce burger with cheese injected into it. Since this was my first time at Square 1, so I gave it a try. I must say the burger came out extremely fast, almost too fast. I ordered my burger medium, but it seemed a touch too pink. It was very good burger though, even if it was a bit messy to eat. I also had the steamed broccoli as a side, which was solid.

Overall Square 1 is worth checking out. If you are looking to catch the game, you are going to need to sit at the bar as there aren't TVs spread across the place. And note, for a burger, they are a touch on the pricier side -- mine was $11.50 - but their drink options and prices were good.

So while Square 1 is a little more upscale than my old hangout Old Chicago, that may workout just fine.

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