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Eddy's Almost Famous Burgers

Four-star hamburgers, fries and shakes at fair prices are the fare at Eddy's Almost Famous Hamburgers on Stewart Avenue in Medford. The restaurant recently opened a second branch in a spot last occupied by Pollos and Tacos. Eddy's retains its North Riverside Avenue location.

Eddy's burgers range from the original quarter-pound patty with everything on it to more than a dozen signature burgers. Prices range from $5.25 for the original to $6.45 for a specialty burger. Add a side of fries, slaw or salad and a 16-ounce soda for the price of $6.75 or $7.95, respectively.

My first taste of Eddy's specialties was the Rogue Creamery Blue burger. This one comes stacked with caramelized onions, blue cheese, all the trimmings — tomato, leaf lettuce, pickle and mayonnaise — on a big, sesame-seed bun. It was a hefty-sized sandwich and loaded with sweet, browned onions and cheese.

A friend and I had picked up burgers to go, along with sides of hand-cut fries. I'm a big fan of old-fashioned, hand-cut fries. The trouble with to-go orders, though, is fries cool quickly and lose their texture.

So the second time around, I headed to Eddy's set on tasting those hand-cut strips of spuds just after they came out of the fryer. They're made with the skins left on, fried to a crispy brown, smooth and creamy on the inside and best served with lots of the restaurant's fry sauce. They're darn near the perfect fry for my taste. Fresh-cut, sweet-potato fries also are available.

My most recent visit to Eddy's also led me to try the Magic Mushroom burger. It's another of the signature burgers and is smothered — really smothered — with sauteed, sliced button mushrooms and topped with Monterey Jack cheese.

My friend likes Eddy's authentic Philly cheese steak sandwich made with thinly sliced rib eye, grilled onions and sweet, cherry peppers and cheese sauce. The Philly also can be made with slices of white chicken. The price is $6.45, $7.95 with a side and a soda.

There's an option on the burgers for anyone who's on a gluten- or carbohydrate-free diet. Any burger can be wrapped in lettuce in place of the bun. I plan to try this on one of my next visits to Eddy's. Who needs those extra carbs?

Other sandwiches offered at Eddy's are Buffalo chicken, chicken-mushroom-jack, chicken rellenos, tuna melts, sausage-and-peppers, BLTs and grilled veggies.

Look for salads there, too. A waiter delivered a grilled-chicken Caesar to the table next to me while I was munching my Magic Mushroom burger. It looked delicious, and I will have to try it soon.

Eddy's on Stewart Avenue also serves pizza. Pies range in price from $7.95 for a 10-inch cheese pizza to $29.75 for a 16-inch with everything on it. Cheese pizza and pepperoni pizza are available by the slice, at $2.25 and $2.75. There's also hot dogs and kids' and seniors' meal deals.

The restaurant on Stewart Avenue is nothing fancy, and there's no drive-up window. But there is plenty of seating, and the restaurant offers free delivery.

I've read a few less-than-complimentary reviews of Eddy's restaurants on the Web. But after trying the food at the Stewart Avenue location, I wondered what those surly complaints could be about.

I confess I've never tried Eddy's on Riverside Avenue, but it has received several favorable mentions in the annual Mail Tribune Readers' Choice. What I've found at the new Eddy's is good, clean fast-food. The wait is a little long, but it's well worth it.

— Laurie Heuston