Ready for Teddy’s?
One name satisfies any craving for a simple, all-American burger–Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. At Teddy’s, simple, straightforward preparation is married with bold, beefy flavor. Readers are surely familiar with Teddy’s playful red, blue and yellow neon sign and ʻ50s themed décor, complete with black and white floor panels–it’s hard to miss at any of their six Oahu locations.
But what most may not know is that this burger establishment started flipping patties 15 years ago at its first location in Diamond Head, co-owned by locals Ted Tsakiris and Rich Stula. These two burger enthusiasts started it all, wanting to bring together merit in taste with a quick service environment.
“We provide 100-percent ground chuck with no fillers,” explained Seana Chanel, general manager at two Teddy’s locations–University and ‘Aiea. Eaters can also expect to feel welcome whilst gorging on their quality grub. “Our customer service makes us stand out from other burger restaurants. We go above and beyond your orders–we’ll even make orders that we don’t have on the menu,” Chanel explained. Now that’s big.
Appetite size is of no matter: Patties are offered in “Big 5 oz” ($5.59), “Bigger 7 oz” ($6.59) and “Biggest 9 oz” ($7.59) sizes. “We are known for our ‘special sauce,’ [which is] mayonnaise based . . . with a sweet and tangy flavor,” says Chanel, who also recommends the popular Kailua Burger–teriyaki-glazed and satisfying with smoky grilled onions, earthy mushrooms and cheese.
And of course, no good burger can exist without its mean, thick milkshake counterpart. Along with the classic chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors, a new flavor is introduced each month. This writer insists on the orange and creamy vanilla Dreamsicle shake ($5.49)–a comforting taste of childhood nostalgia. Your excuse to indulge: A good shake is hard to find in this town.Teddy’s Bigger Burgers 2424 S. Beretania St., Ste. 101, open daily 10am–9pm, 949-0050; Westridge Center, 98-150 Kaonohi St., Ste. C-115, ‘Aiea, open daily 10am–9pm, 486-2167; [teddysbiggerburgers.com]