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“One of Greensboro's Best Burgers”
Review of Emma Key's

Emma Key's
Ranked #67 of 901 Restaurants in Greensboro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Grill
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Located at the corner of Walker and Elam near the campus of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Reviewed May 3, 2012

This is an interesting, funky little place, housed in what was Raynor's Barber Shop, back in the day when I was growing up on Walker Avenue. They have 6 - 8 rather closely packed tables inside and 4 or 5 patio setups, with better spacing. Not a lot of ambiance here, functional neighborohood grill layout.

The Cheeseburger here is excellent, big and juicy, with a ton of flavor - and they have a variety of different ones, with a variety of toppings - but hard to see how you can beat a straight cheeseburger with L,T, & M. The fries are really nice, as well - light and crispy.

The Chicago Dog is a very good version, and is a relatively new addition since it was not on the online menu. The wiener is all beef, the roll is a poppy seed one, the green pepper relish is very nice, not to sweet with this zip to it. Sport peppers were either missing in action or brought nothing to the dog. Tomato and pickle were present, as well. Well done dog.

The Carolina dog is served on a soft, rectangular, toasted bun, and the wiener is of a nice quality. The chili was either very limited in amount, or it is simply bland. This dog comes with a very wet, rather sweet slaw, and onions. The mustard was put on last assuring that you would have mustard on your face after each bite - this was not a chili dog from either a taste perspective, or a construction view that I cared for.

They have some other items, sandwiches (including a Fried Balogna), salads, etc. Serivce here is a little slower than fast food because they cook to order, and that is especially important with the burger - worth a little wait. The guys that work here are all friendly. Nice place.

They do not at present having any parking adjacent to the building; they do have some up the street a 1/2 block beside Suds & Duds - on the left headed toward town.

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Thank Fred B
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

This is a neat little place with great food. The exterior is a bit deceiving as it looks like just a plain ol' burger joint, but it is so much more. The burgers are made to order from fresh beef, and are very tasty. There is such a big difference in the flavor and the texture of the meat compared to frozen burgers. They grill the buns, and all of the accoutrements are fresh and high quality. The french fries are crispy and flavorful, and the sweet potato fries are a wonderful treat. Be sure to ask about the special sauces designed by the individual staff members there. You never know what they will have created and they are almost always really yummy!

They have vegetarian selections. I have never tried them, but I have heard they are good.

The service is great and very personal. There is a bit of a wait for your food since they are making the burgers and fries to order, but there is almost always friendly conversation going on in the restaurant so the time passes quickly even if you are eating solo.

Since the dollar signs below do not include associated values, I try to include this when I can. Usually when I go to Emma Keys, my food and drink costs me about $7+tip. If I order the sweet potato fries, it's about $9.

They have WiFi.

The only minor negative I would say is that there is no parking right at the restaurant. You either have to park on the street or in a lot about a block away. This is only a problem when the weather is bad.

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