Location(s): Gangnam & Bucheon
Food Category: Burgers
Price Range: $
Gangnam Number: 02-566-6244
Bucheon Number: 032-611-6244
CRY CHEESE BURGER
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The Cry Cheese Burger Story:
“In-N-Out that’s what a hamburger's all about!” Growing up in So-Cal, In-N-Out burgers was part of my normal diet. People from LA have pride in the fact that In-N-Out is so exclusive. The late and great Anthony Bourdain said that In-N-Out was his favorite restaurant in Los Angeles, which shows just how amazing this burger joint is. When my friends from different countries or states visited Los Angeles, In-N-Out was always near the top of their “to eat list”. This place is a jewel of the West Coast states in the US. In-N-Out burger is something I have always missed since moving to Seoul, Korea... However, after hearing about Cry Cheese Burger I had a glimmer of hope that this restaurant might be able to fill that void in my stomach and heart.
Today I got to visit the copycat of In-N-Out in Gangnam, Cry Cheese Burger! I was super excited to go and get my hands on my beloved In-N-Out burger (even if it’s a fake) out here in Seoul, Korea. Originally, I had heard about Cry Cheese Burger a long time ago when they had opened their first location in Bucheon. Luckily, last year they had opened up their second location in Gangnam, which is much closer for me. Cry Cheese Burger in Gangnam is located on the famous Teheran-Ro (테헤란로) near Samseong Station (line 2). Outside you are greeted with a open glass building that has their menu inside a small room (The room was empty when I was there, and said it was used for to-go orders) and a big sign that says Cry Cheese Burger.
If you go down the stairs to your left, you finally are lead to the real restaurant. I had visited Cry Cheese Burger after work at around 6:30pm on a weekday and it was pretty packed. The waiters were friendly and they all greeted when I entered. You see their order counter immediately when you enter the restaurant. Behind the counter you can see an open kitchen, where a burst of delicious smells seep out from it. You smell the burgers and fries being made from the kitchen. Inside they have a pretty big dining area. Most of the people eating looked like people who had just ended work, and wanted to grab something delicious and quick to eat. It is a very casual eating area, with only having one neon sign that reads “Don’t Cry, Do Smile” on the wall as their decoration.
Their menu is mostly in Korean. They have 2 burgers on their menu to choose from: Cry Cheese Burger (3,000won) and Cry Double Cheese Burger (4,200won). They also have 2 burger sets available: Set A; Cry Cheese Burger, Fries, and Drink (5,800won) and Set B; Cry Double Cheese Burger, Fries, and Drink (7,000won). You can upgrade your fries in your set to Cheese Fries for 1,500won more. Cheese Fries is the same as In-N-Outs “Animal Style Fries” (fries topped with chopped grilled caramelized onions, cheese, and Thousand Island sauce). You also have the option of ordering Fries (2,000won), Cheese Fries (3,500won), Drink (1,600won), Ice Cream (2,500won), and Shake (3,500). After studying the menu I had decided to go for Set A, and upgrade the Fries to Cheese Fries.
The Food Ordered At Cry Cheese Burger:
Cry Cheese Burger
Taste: Cry Cheese Burger was a very very good rendition of an In-N-Out burger. Visually it looks almost the same. It has whole raw onions, melty American cheese, a pretty good patty, lettuce, tomatoes, and sauce. The burger really tasted like an In-N-Out burger. The patty wasn’t quite the same, but almost everything else was the same. The taste really brought back memories. The soft toasted seedless bun, held the burger nicely. The veggies, bun, sauce, and the meat was delicious when eaten all together.
Taste: Cry Cheese Fries, as I states before, is the copy of In-N-Out’s Animal Style Fries. The fries by itself tasted really good. It had a fresh potato taste. The fries were topped with yellow American cheese and chopped grilled caramelized onions. Then it was smothered in Thousand Island sauce. The mixture of cheese, fries, grilled onions, and Thousand Island is AMAZING. To some, if you have never seen Animal Style Fries, it can look like sauce plopped on cheese fries. But if you come here, I believe you need to order the Cheese Fries. The taste is two thumbs up.
Overall if you really want to try In-N-Out, or you miss In-N-Out this place is a pretty good copy. It isn’t the EXACT same, but the food gives the same vibes and similar taste. This food will definitely bring a smile to your face.
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The Hours, Website, & Phone Number At Cry Cheese Burger:
SUNDAY: 11:00AM - 9:30PM
MONDAY: 11:00AM - 9:30PM
TUESDAY: 11:00AM - 9:30PM
WEDNESDAY: 11:00AM - 9:30PM
THURSDAY: 11:00AM - 9:30PM
FRIDAY: 11:00AM - 9:30PM
SATURDAY: 11:00AM - 9:30PM
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Gangnam Location Phone Number: 02-566-6244
Bucheon Location Phone Number: 032-611-6244