I had lunch at The Grind for the first time, today. I had a Peppercorn crust burger (roasted garlic, charred onions, watercress, matchstick fries) $10. And, an order of Roasted sweet potato fritters $5.
I sat at the bar and prepared to wait, based on what I had heard. This place just opened, last week. There were about ten TVs behind the bar, offering three flavors of ESPN. My food came out rather quickly.
The burger tasted great. I could definitely taste all of the ingredients, but, the beef flavor was not overpowered. The bun was excellent, too, just big enough to contain the burger, without adding extra bulk. However, I would say that it was cooked medium, when I requested medium-rare. This wasn't a big deal. I certainly wasn't going to send it back. I'll try rare, next time.
The fritters were good, at first, but, I got tired of them. They looked like two big chunks of sweet potato that had been roasted and moderately breaded. I got tired of the breading. They have some other sides that sound interesting.
The Grind reportedly uses grass-fed beef. It was certainly lean, and I would be afraid that it might be quite dry if cooked more well-done. My feeling is that beef that needs to be cooked well shouldn't be eaten at all, but, I guess that's a personal preference.
The Grind is located next to the Fenix Bar and Eatery on the SW corner of 40th St and Camelback Rd.
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