I've long berated the food at CBC, which is a shame because I really like a lot of their beers, especially the more unusual seasonals. Besides, I like to support my local brewer. Well, last night I was very happy to change my position, at least slightly. In a moment of desperation, I popped in for a burger and a beer and found their basic burger to be totally respectable, actually pretty damn good.
Ordered medium rare, it was actually leaking rosy juices onto the bun when it arrived -- a promising sign. The burger had a nice crusty sear on it too. The only obvious misstep was the cheddar slice that was just warm, not fully melted.
Biting in, I released a pretty serious torrent of juices and found the interior cooked perfectly to temperature. The meat was fairly rich and flavorful, though certainly not transcendently beefy. The beer-glazed onions were a nice, rich touch and the mild cheddar warmed enough to cohere pretty well. I'd love the pack to be a little looser, but it was pretty good.
The bun was an untoasted, pale and doughy faux-artisanal affair. While I prefer a super-simple potato roll or seeded burger roll, the CBC roll was unoffensive. It is certainly preferable to a lot of more distracting options (too-tough ciabatta, too-sweet brioche, etc), and at least not cold or stale. I'm looking at you, Christopher's.
In all, a totally respectable burger with a nice pickle and decent greens (my choice) on the side. And I had two terrific beers alongside it, so who can really complain? Not sure if CBC's kitchen is improving, if I hit them on a good night, or if I've just judged the burger too harshly in the past. But I will be back.