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Brief BRGR review


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Brief BRGR review

Peter | | Dec 14, 2006 07:47 PM


I thought I'd drop in with a quick review of Brgr (7th Ave just north of 26th).

After an aborted visit for lunch on their opening day, 12/12 (the computers were down) I had dinner there on 12/13 after they'd been open a day. Here's my thoughts:

-- Very, very tasty burgers. Akin to Schnack or Burger Joint in quality. The menu says unless otherwise requested, they come out "medium-well done" (which I assume is the same as "medium-well". I didn't specify anything (nor was I asked) and it came out just lovely - a nice hint of pink in the middle without being too underdone or overdone for my tastes.

-- Even without any fancy toppings, they're a little overpriced for the size. I think the base burger is $6.50. That's not too much for a burger if it were huge, but these are a little smallish for the price (though a nice change from a massive burger that's too huge to finish).

-- Fries. Excellent, just excellent. A nice dark crisp to them and super salty which was fine for me, though maybe a bit too salty for some.

-- Sweet potato fries -- they didn't have them that night.

-- "Onion hay". Skip it. Dry, crumbly, hard to eat. Pointless.

-- "Homemade chocolate chip cookies". Worthless. $3.30 for 3 small cookies akin to Otis Spunkmeyer or Keebler Soft Batch cookies. Good cookies aren't hard -- they really dropped the ball here.

-- Shakes. Looked good and not too big. Maybe 16 ounces. Combined with a burger and fires it would make a filling meal.

-- They have a lot of "combos" of toppings that save you $$ from choosing toppings a la carte. And they allow substitutions in those toppings -- I was able to change out the cheese in one of them.

-- They allegedly have both white and whole grain buns but we were never asked which we preferred.

-- Very friendly, happy service.

-- An unexpectedly long wait for the food. Not painful but longer than I would have expected. The result though was very hot, fresh food. :)

-- Lovely, casual space -- they spent a lot of money on the look here. I won't go on about it other than to say you're probably paying 50 cents on every burger for the design of the room.

-- Good music. Someone was having an 80's flashback with the iPod. ;)

That's it (ok, that wasn't so brief). Bottom line, very good food, a bit over-priced (burger, fires, shake comes out to a hair more than one would expect to spend on a burger, fries and a shake.


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