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[Field Report] Uncle Sam's Burger near K-Town

divinebaboon | May 21, 2015 09:13 PM

Went there with two other friends today so we can get three different burgers. As soon as we walked in I noticed the place was 95% empty at 7PM on a Thursday...usually it's a pretty bad sign but I chalked it up to New Restaurant woes. We ordered a char-siu burger, a dimsum burger, and a K-Town burger, in addition to regular fries, sweet potato fries, and tater tots.

The char-siu I thought was the best, since it had a hint of sweetness and the overall flavors were good. Sadly the char-siu aspect referred to the bacon that was a bit honey glazed, so don't order it expecting a Chinese BBQ pork patty like I did.

The K-Town was pretty mediocre. The kimchee they used tasted house-made, aka terrible since it didn't ferment long enough like regular kimchee. The other "Korean" element on the burger was the shaved beef that I assume was supposed to resemble Bulgogi but tasted nothing like it. It reminded me of a mediocre Philly Cheesesteak - Dry and salty.

The dimsum burger was the worst of the bunch, but my friend liked it, so I guess to each their own. I expected it to taste like a combination of Hargow and Shumai, but in reality it tasted more like pork dumpling filling and bits of shrimp...and the inside was kinda pink liquid-y, not sure if it was supposed to be that way. The soy sauce sauce on the side was kinda awkward. Was I supposed to pour it over the burger? It really didn't add much to the experience besides making my life harder.

The fries were brined, which would have been good, but they added too much salt to the finishing product, same with the tater tots. The sweet potato fries weren't brined (obviously), but it also had too much salt on it. The "Szechuan Mayo" dipping sauce they gave us honestly tasted like Mayo mixed together with Lao Gan Ma.

I'm giving it a 3 outta 5, and I don't think I'll be coming back, since the best part about the restaurant was the front door. Seriously, it's a nice door.

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