EASTSIDE -- The Shake 'n Burger menu calls this burger "A true manly-man's burger!"
Sports editor John Gunther must take descriptions like this as a challenge, because since we've been doing this lunchtime series this year, he's made it a habit of ordering something massive off the menu.
Monday was no different, so he ordered the Jamison's Burger -- a 1/2-pound goliath that comes on a giant bun with two slices of cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and homemade sauce. And if that isn't enough, it comes with a batch of fries.
I ordered the daily special, which was the cheddar, bacon, onion burger with fries. This is one of their regular sized burgers, but it was so hilarious when the order came out that we had to put them side-by-side to take a photo.
Mine almost looks like a slider compared to the Jamison's, but trust me, I was more than full when I got done with my meal.
Do you know how many miles John is going to have to run to burn that many calories? Me either, but let's just say, if you see him racing around Charleston later, don't be surprised.
I decided since I'm such a huge fan of Shake 'n Burger's Juicy Lucy, that I would order something different this time.
On the chalkboard above the register is the daily specials. Monday's were the cheddar, bacon, onion burger with fries and a crispy chicken sandwich with bacon and Swiss cheese.
After we got our orders and laughed about the size disparity, John began looking around for ways to start the Jamison's. If I was a better photographer, there would have been better pictures of John surmising his situation. As it is, it looks like he could have used two more hands to keep that burger together.
After a few bites, John knew he was on to something special.
"I really like the thinner burgers," he said. Explaining that with the thinner patty, there was more room for goodies like tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onions and sauce on top. With a thicker burger, if you pile on the toppings, it becomes a skyscraper -- or you just don't put as many tomatoes on.
"When I think of good (burgers), this is what I think of."
My cheddar, bacon and onion burger was nice and juicy and the bacon was nice and crispy, the way I like it.
This was a really good burger. Now I'm going to have a big choice the next time I go back ... the Juicy Lucy ... the cheddar bacon ... or maybe the Jamison's.
After a few more minutes, I was nearly done with my burger and John looked down in amazement at what he had left.
"I feel like I've been eating for a while," he said. "And I still have your burger to go."
He finished the whole thing.