NJ. My friends own the restaurant, which is fine dining but they
server the burger in the bar area. There are only 3 things I miss a
out NJ. Pizza, bagels, and the Stage Left burger. Pricey, but worth
7/10. They lose a point or two for having no bun and average fries. If you ever visit, try the scamorza and prosciutto instead.
The day started well enough with a pub at noon, then 3 more along a 7.5 mile trail run, then a 5 mile road race. The food could have been better but in the light of all this it was more than good enough. Review and links to some of the day's other stops here:
Pretty good, but recusing myself from a rating (as they say in Spinal Tap, "this one goes to ELEVEN.")
8 / 10
Name: Bistro Burger
Patty: 1/2 MWell
Taste: this is a very tasty burger. The sweet toasted bun and fresh veggies really make it. Fair warning though, if the Prime Rib is on the menu, opt for that instead and come back some other time for the burger.
9.5/10 One of the best meals this year, and easily the best kebab of this effort. Review here: http://1pumplane.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/nemrut-southsea-hampshire-kpw-for-week-28/
Chuck/sirloin blend (more chuck), double ground into iced bowl so I didn't pre render any fat, just s+p. put them in the freezer while I prepped the rest.
Thick cut smoked bacon
Chipotle mayo. Just mayo, some ketchup and some chipotle/adobo to taste
Butter toasted bun
All in cast iron. Quick melt in convection.
House ground mix w/ gruyere, onion jam, baconaise and buttermilk bun. The toppings gave a rather sweet taste. Great fresh bun. Ordered it medium, but it came out more rare. Not a bad burger, but other places I've tried recently have done this style better. Knew it was a bad sign when the first thing the waiter explained that the menu was left intentionally vague as part of the "searsucker experience".
I ordered a South American (has chorizo and something else) and a bacon egg and cheese burger.
Avocado and Pesto Burger
This should've actually been #26, but I forgot about it because it is a picture of blackness. As we all know, no phones permitted to be turned on during the movie at the Alamo Drafthouse. So, I took a picture of black to represent my Avocado and Pesto Burger from Memorial Day weekend. The burger was much better than the movie (Hangover III).
The Newport Club (without bacon)
Swiss cheese, avocado, leaf lettuce, tomato, red onion and Opal's own chipotle mayo on grilled sourdough bread.
It was messy. It was filling. I do prefer a bun over grilled sourdough bread as the burger was too juicy to keep the sandwich together. But pretty good burger overall. The veggies, on the other hand, completely sucked. Should've got the cracked pepper fries :(
Thursday Special w/ cheese
Sandy's is one of my go-to burger joints, but only on Thursdays and Saturdays. Old school...nothing fancy...and reliable. On Thursdays and Saturdays the 1/4 burger is $3.89 with fries and a drink. Can't beat it. I've been saving my Sandy's burger for a food emergency, and I had it last Thursday while trying to hit a work deadline.
The Matt Baker Special
My family isn't one for variety. So, Tuesday night's dinner at my brother's house was also burgers on the grill. Corn on the cob, salad, and watermelon on the side. I didn't actually eat that pickle hanging out of my burger...my Dad was just trying to be funny. Matt's grilling isn't quite as good as Dad's, but he is getting there. I'm sure in 30 years he'll have it mastered like Baker Sr.
The Ron Baker Special
Burgers on the grill is what I associate with summer in Pittsburgh. And my Dad is the best grill master I know. My first day home visiting the family was no disappointment. Perfectly grilled burger with American Cheese and Heinz Ketchup with pasta salad, veggies, and watermelon on the side. My 8 year old cousin even ate 2 burgers they were so good!
The Duece's Classic with American Cheese
I felt the need to get a burger while in Chicago, and this just happened to be where we were when I was hungry. It was good enough to count as passable, but nothing impressive. The Deuce's Big Balls, on the other hand, were yum yum yummy.