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Fromagerie Burger Night


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Fromagerie Burger Night

carlylecat | May 7, 2014 06:07 AM

Stopped in last night on a whim - looking for something different and remembered the $25 burger menu - sat in the very packed and fun bar area - a two top in the middle of the room - large groups of 30-40 year old ladies out together all around us at the high top table of 8 and to our right at a round 8 top as well.

Musician playing Beatles tunes all night contributed to the noise level being high, but we could hear each other talk and the mood was really upbeat. Servers moved as quick as they could and while it took a bit to get started once we did everything "flowed" very smoothly.

The menu consisted of what seemed like the regular menu of apps, and entrees on the left with handwritten specials on the right side outlining the $25 burgers. We focused on the burger menu which included a house salad and the choice of a traditional burger on an English muffin or a Quinoa Veggie burger on a Toasted Brioche.

Two add'l starters were offered with a $6 and $12 supplement - one a stack of smoked salmon and seared tuna and the other a lobster salad. Another special on the menu was a two pound lobster for $50.

We opted for the lobster salads and we had one regular and one veggie burger.

The Lobster salads were quite impressive, what looked like a half of a tail and one claw of a 1.5 lb chilled lobster was presented in a large shallow bowl surrounded by field greens, cherry tomatoes, fennel with sliced avocado on the side. All were tossed in a citrus vinaigrette that really balanced the fat of the lobster and avocado. I would happily eat this as a main course, it was that rich, filling and delicious and any quandary I had of paying a 50% supplement to the $25 menu went away quickly.

The burgers were good and served with a wire basket full of well done French fries, medium sized fries that seemed to be fresh cut potatoes.

Small jars of ketchup and mayo were served with the burgers.

The Quinoa burger was presented by the server as a house made patty and it had a strong texture and a bit of barley flavor to it. The brioche was large and easy to cut, the burger was topped with tomatoes, red onion, lettuce and for some reason an arugula salad as well.

I moved the salad off to the side next to the crunchy dill pickle and tried to eat the first half "burger style" I quickly retreated and went "Bill DeBlasio style" and completed my meal with fork and knife. I loved the burger and restrained myself by simply sampling the fries, they tasted as good as they looked.

My wife enjoyed her beef burger, topped with melted cheddar and topped by an over sized English muffin - it was all good and none of it went to waste.

All in all a fun night but rather expensive for two burgers - total bill with a glass of wine and cocktail, tax and tip was $134. Could have gotten a couple of great burgers and some drinks down the street at Barnacle's for $60 but the "scene" with live music, that incredible lobster salad and top notch service made us feel like we would be coming back on another Tuesday night.


the Lobster salad

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