And by rise, I mean rise in price. The $10 burger has been a fixture on the Ithaca restaurant scene for a while, and when it's good enough, or comes with enough, I don't object to the price.
Honestly, I miss the O Burger at Olivia, which started at $10 and headed north before long. I think it ended up at $12, which is also the price of the outstanding Carriage House burger. (They added a nice side salad next to the chips, so it no longer feels as chintzy, and the local beef really shines.) The O Burger, like its cousin that's still at Stella's, felt overpriced except during their half-price happy-hour offer, and then it felt underpriced. Why not find a happy-medium price that's reasonable all the time?
The Perfect Burger at the Ithaca Ale House is a $10 burger with so much added that I'm OK with its $11 price; their basic burger is "just" $9. Across the street, the Blue Stone's $11 burger feels inadequate. Never mind the WICBurger, a radio station promotion Blue Stone seems to have fumbled despite the best efforts of the radio station.
This is on my mind because I'm belatedly adding Fine Line Bistro to the 14850 Dining directory, which we started from scratch this summer on a new site. Their $10 burger is still $10, features shaved fennel, emmenthaler cheese, and smoked tomato remoulade, and comes with excellent fries. Go try it.