Like fairies, hamburgers are famously difficult to photograph because they can take thousands of forms and wear a variety of sauces. Spot rare, wild burgers with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of burgers, sandwiches, and more at Square One Burgers & Bar. Choose from locations in Tampa, Sarasota, or University Park.
Square One Burgers & Bar sates ravenous appetites with nine varieties of patties—including sashimi tuna and buffalo—and an extensive menu of savory burgers and sandwiches. The Aloha chicken gives a down-to-earth ground-chicken burger an otherworldly pineapple halo and a shroud of smoked bacon ($9.99). Ground buffalo meat, onion rings, and spicy beer-cheese mingle on the plains of the Buffalo Bob burger, which makes frontiersmen's hearts swell with both pride and bacon ($13.99). Those hungry for plant sinews can feast on the tomato hearts and avocado livers of the vegan veggie burger ($8.99), and then wash it down with a strawberry shake ($4.50), beer, liquor, or wine. Square 1's burger maestros pair all of the sandwich-related creations with a side of fries, steamed broccoli, or cole slaw and adorn bare burgers with a choice of 25 toppings, 12 cheeses, and 13 sauces.
Bill Shumate's career as a restaurateur began in 1964 when he opened a small burger restaurant that catered to the hearty appetites of University of Oklahoma students. After spending the next several decades opening and operating eateries, Shumate decided that his next venture should somehow honor his burger roots. He partnered with Joanie Corneil in 2006 and developed a concept choosing the name Square 1 to reflect this full-circle journey. Though unlike that original restaurant, Square 1 has grown over the years, eventually expanding to several locations throughout west central Florida.
Although the concept was intended to be a return to basics, Square 1 isn't constrained by traditional conventions. Hand-pattied all-natural, antibiotic- and hormone-free angus, Kobe, lamb, buffalo, and portobello mushroom all appear between the buns, providing a wealth of options to consider before even thinking about toppings. This eclectic spirit is also apparent in the menu's selection of appetizers, which includes everything from Spicy Egg Rolls to House-made Double-dipped Onion Rings. Even the milkshakes seem like faithful renditions of an American classic at first. However, the grown-up versions with Malibu Coconut rum or Stoli Ohranj continue to demonstrate Square 1's playful spirit.