Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Big Buns Gourmet Grill Food Review

Big Buns Makes a Big Impression

There's a right way to do things, and a wrong way. Take multiple choices: Sure, you can offer your customers a lot of options... but be careful how you do it. For example, Bethesda's Kraze Burgers shows one how not to do it: One look at their disjointed menu is enough to make you consider becoming a vegetarian (and I'm not referring to their Classic Veggie.) Then there's Big Buns Gourmet Grill at 4401 Wilson Boulevard in Ballston. Same number of choices (only tastier) but displayed with easy-to-follow directions that make ordering a breeze. And can you say delicious?

Before we get to the food, let's take a moment to discuss how nice BB looks. I've yet to encounter a more inviting place to eat a burger in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Beautiful and bright, the interior is immaculate and spacious. It's impossible to get confused (even trash disposal comes with simple instructions.) Whoever designed this place is a genius. The soda & condiment areas are perfectly situated and easy to navigate (even when it's crowded.) Toss in super friendly (and upbeat) staff, and I could see myself eating here twice a week (too bad I live almost 7 miles away.)

Big Buns dining area

On to the food... which ranks near the top of the local burger chain. Fries were piping hot, plentiful and accompanied by a scrumptious aioli dipping sauce. The burger is well-sized (ditto for the bun) with great toppings but overcooked (dry.) I wasn't asked how I wanted it cooked (the only negative in otherwise fantastic service) so I can only imagine the default is well-done. If so, please change it (and quickly) to medium. My burger looked great but needed salt. I'd love to try it again (medium) or better yet, see how their chicken and fish alternatives fare.

Big Buns Beef Burger with Potato Fries

Even with an overdone burger, I still rate my entire experience as phenomenal. Top service, great surroundings and kick-ass fries get my vote every day of the week (and twice on Sunday, which by the way, they're open on... 12 to 8:30 PM.) Hands down, the best place to eat a burger in the Old Dominion State.

Atmosphere: A
Burger: C (Automatic 2-grade deduction for well-done)
Fries: A
Price: A- ($11.19 buys you a lot of food and a soda.)
Service: A (They even bring your food to your table.)
Overall: A- (Can't go higher, when the burger falls short.)