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Elevation Burger

bacchante | Dec 29, 2005 04:47 PM

We wanted a quick burger fix before heading off tomorrow for a long weekend at the Eastern Shore. So we went to Elevation Burger for a second time, with the first being shortly after they opened. The husband wasn't quite so enthusiastic about going, as he was disappointed the first time, but he humored me. I want to support anybody trying to do something interesting and new with "fast food."

However, what I had was without doubt the worst non-chain burger I have ever had. We knew from the first trip that we really hated the Elevation Sauce, so we ordered them without. I had only raw onion, and he had onion, lettuce, tomato, and pickle. I guess the burgers come with those juicy condiments and sauce to cover up how desperately dry the burger is. I asked whether I could have mine underdone. Of course, I could not, and it was cooked to extinction. I could barely swallow it.

The problem also may be the meat, or rather, lack of some fat with the meat. We have made burgers at home with Sunnyside "VA Kobe beef," and they have been nice and juicy. Perhaps this is because we cook them to medium rare at the most. And we don't mash them either while making the patties or cooking. As an aside, why on earth is the term "Kobe beef" allowed to be used for beef raised in the U.S.???? Do you really think you are drinking "champagne" if the bottle says New York state on it?

About the fries. They were fine. Perhaps not as crispy as the husband likes, but they were perfectly acceptable. However, I don't understand why there is such a to-do about frying them in olive oil. To take advantage of the health effects of olive oil? I personally think that is overkill. I have friends who have their own olive grove in Tuscany and even though they have all the olive oil at no cost, they never deep fry in it. Obviously not because of the expense but because of the taste. They prefer peanut oil. Hear that Five Guys?

I know that some of my chow colleagues whose opinions I trust have said precisely the same thing on here a few weeks back. But I wanted to see again for myself. I have really wanted to like this place. However I won't be back unless somebody can convince me they have made some serious changes.

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