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Rare review

Nehna | Jun 16, 2006 04:30 PM

Finally wandered over to Rare for lunch a few days ago. Not bad, not amazing, but not bad. Service is a bit inconsistent.

Started off fine with a friendly enough waiter telling us in great detail about their special cheese burger (designed with Murray's cheese shop daily, which is cute) that day. It was a rather complicated affair with an italian cheese soaked in prosecco that led them to wrap it with spicy peppers in a grilled tortilla that fully encased it, over lettuce.

My husband decided to try this and said so, after he finished explaining. I went simple and had a cheese burger with smoked cheddar. We ordered a plate of fries to share.

The fries came out first, long before the burgers, which struck me as odd. Nonetheless they were tasty shoestring french fries and addictive enough, not too greasy.

Then come the burgers. Except they put something altogether different from his order, in front of my husband. The 'm and m' burger or something like that....bacon, onions, etc. Looked tasty but clearly not the special. After a LOT of (strange) confusion ("oh you ordered THAT special"...there was only one special though), they whisked it away.

My cheese burger had a generous amount of thick sliced smoked cheddar. Possibly a little too thick if I'm to nitpick, but very tasty cheese. The bun was an eggbread bun (similar to challah taste). On its own, a delcious roll. With a medium rare burger running with juices, not the ideal roll. It could also have been the way it was cut, but the bottom of the roll was literally disintegrating from the moment it got to the table. Would have been nearly impossible to pick up. So it was knife and fork time. The meat had a nice smoky flavor and a good char.

The special burger finally came out, as we were finishing my dish. I was pretty full so only had a small taste but my husband enjoyed. Spicy, lots of melted cheese.

All in all, not bad. Not exceptional. And I think the prices are too high to go back for 'not bad'. For two burgers and fries + tip (and tap water), we spent about $35 for lunch.

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