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Burger Mini-Review: Rippers Roadstand

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Bacon Cheeseburger with side of Reg Fresh Cut Fries at Rippers Roadstand in Ellenton. (Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Wade Tatangelo)

Bacon Cheeseburger, $4.45
Rippers Roadstand
5967 Factory Shops Blvd, Ellenton, FL 34222
479-7893
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The Gio brothers – Anthony, John, Carmen and Nick – have been satisfying customers in Manatee County with New Jersey-style pizza and other Italian favorites at their Gio Fabulous restaurants for more than a decade. This year, the siblings tackled American comfort food with Rippers Roadstand. It’s a cozy, casual room with an open kitchen in a strip mall near their restaurant in Ellenton that specializes in hot dogs but also does a commendable job with ground beef between a bun.

I ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger “all the way.” The patty came off the flat grill well-done but juicy and packed with plenty of natural beefy flavor topped with killer, crunchy strips of bacon. The sesame seed bun also held judicious amounts of crisp pickles, freshly cut tomato slices, iceberg lettuce and white onions. I’m usually not a big fan of ketchup on my burger but mixed with the mayo and mustard and all the other goodness, it worked. Manatee County has many great joints serving old-school style burgers – add Rippers to the list.

But, remember, burgers are just the beginning of the culinary creations at this “road stand.” My amazing wife and I highly recommend ordering at least one of the signature hot dogs – called “rippers” because they’re quick fried until they rip open – and the fresh cut fries. Oh, and make sure at least one of those dogs is covered with their Jersey Bacon Kraut. In fact, I think next visit we’re trying a burger covered with that stuff. Of course, everything paired excellently with an ice-cold pitcher of Bud Light.

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