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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Fuddruckers City Stars: Epic American Burgers in Cairo
The endless search for the perfect burger is a predicament that we know all too well. While walking around City Stars, in a moment of weakness, we gave into American food chain Fuddruckers on a whim. Not only do we not regret our decision, but we’re also quite proud to report back that Fuddruckers makes a fantastic, multilayered and classic American burger.
The chilli cheese fries appetiser (30LE) is a massive plate of potato wedges, chilli and cheddar cheese. Freshly fried, crisp potato wedges are topped with delicious beef and bean chilli, which is also scrumptious all on its own (13LE/cup). The Buffalo wings (32LE) are also divine! Perfectly fried with a slight crunch and swimming in red hot buffalo sauce, these wings have tender meat and just the right amount of spice.
The burger menu has enough variety to satisfy anyone who prides himself as a burger connoisseur. Whether you want your burger dressed with beef bacon, Swiss cheese, fresh mushrooms or guacamole; there’s a burger at Fuddruckers for everyone. Price of burger depends on its size, of which there are four: 1/3 (35LE), ½ (39LE), 2/3 (43LE) and one pound (55LE). Most importantly, the beef patties at Fuddruckers rock: they’re nicely grilled, tender on the inside and super juicy.
The tumbleweed burger is deliciously topped with sautéed peppers, Swiss cheese and spicy onion rings. What will keep you ordering this burger time and time again is the colourful peppers in a sea of Swiss cheese and crowned with thin, crispy onion rings that add a nice crunchy texture to the burger.
The sheer mention of 'guacamole' draws customers to the South West burger, which consists of beef bacon, pepper jack cheese and guacamole. While the guacamole might not receive a stamp of approval from Mexican food snobs; it fares nicely in a burger. The beef bacon is thick but quite fatty; so unless you like that (we don’t), order the bacon on the side. The pepper jack cheese adds that extra kick of spice.
For dessert, try the cookies: they’re freshly baked, soft and only 2LE. Peanut butter is a personal favourite.
Another great thing about Fuddruckers is its super fast service. Appetisers come fresh and usually in ten minutes or less. While the City Stars location isn’t the greatest atmosphere– with everyone running around with Spinney’s bags and whatnot– it is convenient when you’re craving a great burger during a busy afternoon at the mall.
When it comes to finger food, wings have always been one of the staples - they’re delicious and absolutely perfect for gatherings. And while finger food the likes of wings can mostly be found only in bars - a la the Tap - and some fast food chains as a side dish, Lord of the Wings is one of the few restaurants in Cairo’s that specialises in it.
Tucked away in one of Cairo Festival City’s hallways leading to the food court, Lord of the Wings' newest branch in Egypt's capital boasts an industrial design, with brick walls, wooden tables, exposed air conditioning vents and thick wires running along the walls, in addition to flat screens displaying occasional football matches or the diner’s menu.
After being shown to our table, we were given the menus, which, other than the wings, also has burgers and steaks.
We started things off with some Canadian Poutine fries (41LE), along with some Super Duper Nachos (49LE) with an addition of bacon (14LE) to give it some extra crunch, as for the main course, we opted for the house specialty Garlic Parmesan Boneless Wings (49LE for 6 pieces), with The American Burger (53LE) and The Tenderloin Steak (145 LE).
After a good half an hour, the Poutine fries arrived and with it all our orders came pouring in.
Served in a large bowl and topped with gravy and melted cheese, the Poutine fries tasted great and had good consistency –though it was drenched in gravy and cheese – while the cheese complimented the overall flavour. The only thing that fell flat was the gravy, which had a bland taste and didn’t add anything to the dish.
With little to no bacon, we had to return the Super Duper Nachos, which then came back with well-balanced amount of bacon bits and cheese, while being served with sour cream, salsa and guacamole. The nachos had a crunch but they had a bland taste which was saved by the melted cheese and the served dips.
Six medium-sized pieces of breaded boneless chicken covered with buffalo sauce, drenched with special garlic parmesan sauce and served with blue cheese sauce and some carrot and cucumber strips, the wings were quite delicious. The chicken itself was tender and tangy with a delightful crunchy crust and a savoury garlic parmesan kick at every bite. It was interesting how the garlic parmesan sauce worked so well with the buffalo sauce, which showcased how much attention was put into the flavours of the dish; overall it was the highlight of our visit.
An Angus patty covered with lettuce, onions, pickles, American cheese and special sauce, the American burger was accompanied by a generous portion of fries; only the burger itself had a chewy consistency and lacked flavours, while the bun had a stale taste as if the whole thing was rushed.The fries, on the hand, were tasty well-seasoned and had a homemade feel.
The tenderloin steak came as two pieces of steak with some sautéed vegetables and mashed potatoes. Though it was ordered well-done, the steak was cooked medium-well which didn’t jeopardize the taste but it wasn’t what we ordered. The vegetables side was okay but the mashed potatoes felt a little rushed with a mediocre taste and some lumps in them.
We washed everything with Peanut Butter Shake (25 LE) which was very refreshing and very sweet – maybe a bit too sweet –with a thick texture and some generous caramel sauce.
In spite of the feeling that we had that some of the items were quite rushed and poorly executed, as far as wings, Lord of the Wings definitely excelled in terms of both quality and flavour.