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Sparky's on lafayette 1st day

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Sparky's on lafayette 1st day

2slices | Nov 15, 2005 09:51 PM

Just passed by the new sparky's on lafayette, in that funny triangular space between Houston and Bleeker. I was not familiar with the original Sparky's located in Williamsburg and have only become aware of it today after googling the name. After eating a delicious and satisyfying dinner of frozen dumplings I bought earlier today at Sun Dou on Grand St boredom called and sent me over to the new Sparky's a block and a half from my house.

Most of the reviews of the Brooklyn location mentioned hot dogs but I wanted a burger. I ordered the burger in a box special with fries which came to $7.31 with tax (cheese may have been extra).

First thing I noticed after waiting about 5 minutes were the fries. I started eating them before I received my change and they were delicious. Freshly made they were perfectly cut, and very crispy outside but still soft inside. About the size of Wendy's fries but hand cut and with skin on, the way I like them. And there's some of those tiny little bits that get super crispy in the bottom.

Ate fries while walking home and got into the burger while watching The Office. Burger looked great, nice bun, definately from a bakery, good sized slice of onion, a tomato and three nice big pickle slices. My first small problem was there were no condiments on the burger, had to apply ketchup and mustard myself. I figure for a fast food place theyre a given but I guess not here. No big deal. The meat itself was a bit dense and dry for my liking. The flavor was pretty good, but I felt the patties were maybe made a little too early and then kept refrigerated. Didn't taste frozen or anything, but it wasn't greasy enough for me. I'm hoping that my theory about the patties being to dense or having sat too long is the answer because I really want to love this place. But when I bit into the burger, with all the fresh veggies and the good bun there wasn't that burst of grease that really gets me excited. Ok that sounded a bit strange. Anyway I think maybe the meat isn't fatty enough. I see that this place is trying to be organic and frsesh and all that, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with frsh ground chuck does it?

Considering it was 9:30 at night on their first day I'm definately gonna cut them some slack on the meat; and will go back and check them out again, most likely tomorrow or the next day. And hopefully the next burger willl be a bit sloppier. At least I can look forward to the fries

Any other reviews or info on good menu items to try qould be appreciated. Oh and it's worth mentioning the table that was sitting down was served a variety of differently dressed hot dogs as well as 2 orders of cheese fries, all of them looked excellent.

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