Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Bobby's Burger Palace Food Review VI

Canadian Burger at Bobby's Burger Palace

Another month, another burger (of the month.) Ho-hum, right? Maybe at most places, but not Bobby's Burger Palace, DC Outlook's new de facto "King of the burger joints." On the heels of last month's Christmas Burger, Bobby Flay's fast casual burger palace is fast becoming one of my favorite places to eat (anything/anywhere.) All that's missing is a calendar, featuring these culinary beauts in glorious living color.

Atmosphere: It's almost always clean & comfortable inside, but I did notice quite a few crumbs atop my table. Not the end of the world, but the staff had ample opportunity (they were chatting amongst themselves, quite a bit) to walk the dining room and tidy up.

Buttermilk Onion Rings

Food: Talk about a hot streak. Flay & co. can't seem to miss lately, and the Canadian Burger is further evidence that BBP is the place to grab a burger, no matter what your budget is. Canadian bacon, maple-mustard sauce and (for those who are so inclined) white cheddar cheese is a daring combination, but the results are nothing shy of spectacular. Incredibly moist with a sweet & savory sauce that borders on sublime. The Canadian bacon is a nice touch (provides texture) but doesn't add much flavor. Not that it needs any. Flay's burgers (when cooked properly, as they usually are) are the very definition of juicy, and even a slight temperature bump to medium well did nothing to challenge its deliciousness. This is a relatively simple burger (beef, sauce and a crispy round of bacon) that doesn't need anything "extra," i.e. lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, etc.

On the other hand, my heaping order of Buttermilk Onion Rings (a literal steal at just $3.95) left me disappointed. For starters, it comes with ranch dressing, which pales in comparison to the BBP fry sauce that accompanies the fries. I usually order the Undecided, which combines fries & rings and offers both sauces, so I'll be sure to substitute sauces next time. Without sauce, the rings are really dry, despite being greasy to touch. Nice crunch, but little-to-no flavor.

Last but not least, you're probably wondering about January's Shake-of-the-Month. Bananas are the one thing I can't eat, so it goes without saying that I passed on Banana Nutella. C'est la vie.

Service: Courteous and fast, but the fountain soda machine wasn't working. Perhaps a free bottle of water for the (temporary) inconvenience? You can grab a case for under 3 bucks at CVS.

Shazam Test: Hipster tracks from Cody ChesnuTT, Poli├ža and White Denim. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but it creates a nice vibe.

Value: You won't find a better price in town for top quality burgers and (hit-or-miss) sides.

Bottom Line: Far from perfect, but a great burger goes a long, long way in my book. I can hardly wait to see what's in store for February.