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Mac's Local Eats

The church of the skinny burger has found its high priest in Chris McKenzie, the eponymous Mac of Mac’s Local Eats inside Dogtown’s Tamm Avenue Bar. McKenzie smashes ground dry-aged, whole-cow beef into perfectly lacy-edged patties that still taste of meat as much as grill char. Stack the patties with American cheese and classic condiments, or look for specials like two patties with pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes and hot-sauce aioli. You can even skip beef entirely for a burger with pork patties or the Naked Pig pork-loin sandwich. McKenzie’s fries, dusted with Red Hot Riplets seasoning, deserve their own church.

Hours: Lunch and dinner daily (closed Tuesday)

Last year's ranking: New this year

Opened: 2017

Must order: Classic burger ($6-$10)