Jfood took the advice of many of his MSP colleaguess and went to Bulldog (N.E.) for a burger tonight, and he is glad he did. On a beautiful night Jfood sat outside with 95% of the patrons. The menu is the same as the online so Jfood was prepared
Jfood decided on a balanced approach to the meal. He ordered the Tillamook Smokey Cheddar Burger with Fischer Farms thick cut bacon and fried onions; French Fries, cut in house truffled with parmesan cheese; and a Chili Dog with Texas-style chili.
He first attacked the chili. A few bites and he thought the chile was excellent. It was made with brisket, jalapeños and tomatoes, no beans and had just the right amount of spice and tang. The next bite brought in the hot dog. It was a typical Midwest dog, not too salty, not too spicy. The roll was the third feature. And it was one of the best hot dog rolls Jfood had tasted. Altogether it was a great dog. The only downside was the dog was a little on the cool side versus being nice and steamy.
French fries. The truffle effect added just a bit of background flavor. It also played nicely with the parmesan cheese but the cheese was a bit overpowering, in Jfood's opinion. The fries were perfectly cooked but Jfood would try a different version the next time.
Hamburger. Finally, Jfood can now say he has eaten a great hamburger in Minneapolis. The meat was very flavorful, and the mix of meats must have included some brisket or skirt or hangar to add that level of depth. One of the best he has ever tasted. The cheddar is described as Smokey Cheddar on the menu, but the cheese was more a mild cheddar than smokey, and the bacon was not as smokey either. This is not a negative but merely a head’s up. The fried onions were also excellent. It was surrounded by another great bun. So Jfood placed some ketchup on the burger, cut it in half and was amazed that the kitchen actually delivered a med-rare to rare burger. What a treat. This was a great burger. Best so far in MSP.
Jfood was so excited he needed to celebrate so he plugged Izzys on 25th street into the Garmin and off he went. With only three flavors to choose from Vanilla, Soy Strawberry and Chocolate Hazelnut his only choice was the vanilla (no soy and he has a nut allergy). And a scoop on a cone and away he went. The vanilla beans still maintained their crunch and the flavor was not the sweety stuff of massed produced. A great end to the evening.