Ending our adventures in cheeseburger payoffs, we went to Blanc on Friday night. We went to Chefburger the week before, so comparisons are inevitable. The restaurant itself manages to be cozy and modern all in one, so I enjoyed that a lot. It's a little more upscale than Chefburger, both in prices and atmosphere. They have an enormous beer list- front and back of an 8 1/2x11 paper in a small font! They also have a lot of fancy pops in bottles. I had Izze Blackberry and my husband had James Mango. The mango was amazing! It tasted like a freshly made mango spritzer! James is local to Kansas City, KS which we were surprised about, because we'd never even heard of it. I'm interested to try their other flavors as well. I had the classic burger with aged white cheddar and homemade ketchup and the sweet potato fries. My husband had the bison burger and sweet potato fries. We split the kalamari fries. The kalamari fries were served with a garlic lime aioli-esqe sauce, which was excellent- these were very tender and flavorful. The fries were served with a chipotle aioli, mustard, and homemade ketchup. Again, like Chefburger, too spicy on the mustard! What is up with that?! It completely overwhelms the sweetness of the sweet potato! Both the chipotle aioli and homemade ketchup were great though. We both enjoyed the burgers and the toppings, but something bothered me about the burgers while we were there, and it's kind of been nagging at me ever since we left. I just felt like they were too tightly packed and it made for too dense of a burger, in my opinion. The more I've thought about it, the more it bothers me. I just love a juicy, tender burger, and I really thought this inhibited that quality. Pre-formed patties really freak me out, and this was slightly reminiscent of that, even though I know they don't buy pre-formed patties. I hope this is something they work on a little bit, since they have only been open for three weeks. Okay, now on to the thing they really need to work on... the price of the sweet potato fries!! They were $8!! For one order!! All in all, with the kalamari fries, we spent $24 on fries!!! I mean, they were great sweet potato fries, but not that great! I was really shocked by this, considering the prices at The Drop are very reasonable. I'm sure that's something they are going to have to adjust, because the burgers ran from $8 to $12 on the burgers, so there's no way people are going pay the same price for fries that they do for burgers. Despite that, we still really enjoyed the overall experience and will definitely go back. I'm wanting to try the Mahi Mahi sandwich next. We'll just share our fries next time! ;-)
Edit: Sorry for my incorrect reporting. My husband double-checked the receipt, and he had looked at it wrong the first time. The sweet potato fries are indeed $4, and not the $8 like I originally reported! And they were fabulous!
[Edited to add: Sorry for my incorrect reporting. My husband double-checked the receipt, and he had looked at it wrong the first time. The sweet potato fries are indeed $4, and not the $8 like I originally reported! And they were fabulous! ]
Blanc Burgers + Bottles
419 Westport Rd.
409 E 31st St, Kansas City, MO 64108