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Review: Planet Hollywood's new Stuff's Magic Burger

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Orlando Pinstriped Post offers its assessment of the new Magic-themed item available at Planet Hollywood.

I like my hamburgers greasy and simple, of the sort one might expect to find wrapped in thin wax paper served in a red plastic basket, and accompanied by a comically large Styrofoam cup of Coke. Generally speaking, gourmet burgers don't appeal to me: a burger ought not be pretentious.

Imagine my surprise and delight, then, to find the Stuff's Magic Burger, the new Orlando Magic-themed item now available at Planet Hollywood's Downtown Disney location, tasty despite--and indeed because of--its fussiness.

What sets Stuff's Magic Burger apart is the gooey blend of three cheeses stuffed inside the patty.

What sets it apart is the gooey blend of three cheeses stuffed inside the patty: the combination of colby, cheddar, and pepper jack provides a pleasant kick of flavor and a contrast in texture to the 10-ounce patty of Angus beef.

Stuff's Magic Burger is not for the faint of heart: even if one removes the lettuce, red onion, tomato, and slices of dill pickle that top it, the burger remains both a hand- and mouth-ful. A more casual restaurant might offer diners who down a burger the size of Stuff's within a certain time parameter a commemorative t-shirt for their efforts. At Planet Hollywood, simply ordering Stuff's Magic Burger entitles guests to a special Magic ticket offer courtesy of the restaurant.

For some thematic punch, the bun of Stuff's Magic Burger features a basketball-seam pattern. When I initially saw the bun, I assumed the chefs achieved that effect with some sort of dye, but I was mistaken: the chefs instead grill that pattern onto the bun itself.

The burger's supporting cast has more in common with the likes of Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson than it does with, say, Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson. The blue chips over which the burger is served offer more presentation value than taste; I found them under-seasoned. At Planet Hollywood, one may substitute fries for the chips, though that option was not available Wednesday when the Magic served Stuff's Magic Burger, free of charge, as their media meal.