Best burger joint in Cornwall where quirky patties are named after musical legends

Fancy a burger? Of course you do. But how about the best of the best. Cornwall might not be renowned for its burgers but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a perfect patty here.

It really doesn’t take a foodie to appreciate a good burger, and just about every meat-eater out there can attest to the experience that a tower of meat between a bun can provide, with all the trimmings of course. Even vegetarian and vegan options are making waves in recent times – and this place is no exception.

The Meat Counter, in Falmouth, has really got people talking. It’s Tripadvisor’s number one place to get a burger in Cornwall, with a four out of five rating. It’s so good that impressed customers have described it as the “closest thing to an American burger”.

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Located in Arwenack Street, the stylish American-style eatery, that opened in 2013, is known for its homemade burgers and chilli fries. The ‘meatery’, as one person called it, has carved a name for itself on the culinary scene in the town and beyond. There is an extensive menu to choose from which once included the infamous M.I.L.F burger.

Alongside its signature dishes, The Meat Counter offers a selection of American delicacies from the All American Dog frankfurter to local steaks and chips with all the trimmings. It also has some fantastic vegetarian options including Pump up the Yam – a caramelised sweet potato patty.

And if the food wasn’t enough to entice you in – it also brags about being home to Cornwall’s best collection of bad record covers, a classic arcade machine, hand-spun shakes and locally brewed craft beers. It’s the ultimate burger joint.

The restaurant exterior

In perhaps its quirkiest move, every dish has been given its own unique name. Many are dedicated to great musical legends like Elvis Presley and Biggie Smalls, but some have interesting acronyms, like M.I.L.F and C.R.A.P. The halloumi burger becomes the Hallouminati. Another vegetarian option, the Hail Seitan.

Dishes include the Limp Bisket Fries, Lord of the Wings, the Notorious B.I.G. or M.C. Elvis burgers. You can even have a Jerry Lee or the Bad Muthaclucker. One reviewer was so impressed with the once famous MI.L.F burger, which is no longer available, that they wrote: “I savoured and salivated my way through a MILF – burger, pulled pork and chicken layered extravaganza with a fried jalapeno on top. Was an excellent meat feast at a good price. Would definitely go back.”

As well as the M.I.L.F, the team sometimes bring back other old classics like the Amy Swinehouse – a slow cooked pulled pork shoulder with Memphis-style BBQ sauce.

A chilli dog

Another reviewer wrote: “We came across this little gem on a rainy day trip to Falmouth. The place is so popular but the staff were very accommodating. It’s comfortable and clean with unique décor. The menu was fab and we were lucky to get a seat where we could watch the chef cooking and my is he amazing to watch.”

Among the nearly 400 other rave reviews, people say it serves up “easily the best burgers ever” with the other dishes being “truly scrumptious”. The Meat Counter is open every day of the week from 12-9pm. And if it’s busy there’s plenty of other choice in the town with Hub and Boo Koos also serving up culinary delights nearby.

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