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“Felt like I was in the Capone era”

Council's Burgers, Beer, Billiards
Ranked #101 of 611 Restaurants in Bradenton
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Where do I start? Council's i not your fancy white tablecloth type restaurant. I believe they originally opened about 1924 or so. And it looks like it hasn't been touched since. It i in the setting of an old pool hall. If you are looking for fancy, this is not it.

If you just want a great burger, that is fresh, not frozen, this is the place. burgers are served on napkins not plates and cooked to order. Beer is served. I love this place for lunch. Just a good down to earth burger.

If you are a clean freak, this is also not the place for you. The cooking area and counters are kept clean. But a trip to the bathroom will disappoint.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

I found this place by total accident and was very happily surprised. We were hanging out downtown and i had to use the restroom and this place said open so i went in and asked the guy behind the bar if i could use it and he said no problem. I noticed he was cooking some very nice looking burgers and i asked if i could order some, he said i only have 6 left for today and i said i will take them all. Did my business and left and came back in about 15 minutes and picked up my foil wrapped burgers in a plain brown bag and proceeded to hand them out to my friends and family and i didnt even get one. there was one hold out in the group and by the end of the night they were all fighting for the last burger. So that tells me that the burgers are AWESOME, everyone told me they were the best burgers around. Keep it up...

Thank Allen6969
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Had lunch there today. Beer was cold. Didn't notice the lawyers or judges. Place was less than clean. Burgers ok but not great. Didn't check men's room but my wife said women's rest room was disgusting. It is an experience not worth having.

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Thank Dick V
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

...of the great critics on tripadvisor. And they are right: you have to see this place (well - first you have to find it because it really doesn't look like anything from the outside). Also from the inside it's a place you probably wouldn't go for a first date.
But the food is good (not as great to me like to others who wrote about it) and you just have to see this place.
Service is great, on the spot and friendly.

Thank Flieger17
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Watch your burger prepared right before your eyes by long time owner Lawton Smith. Great mix of customers from local Judges and Attorneys to construction workers and just about anyone that is downtown. Burgers go good with a nice cold draft in a frosted mug.

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