Monday, May 9, 2011

BGR Redux

The boyfriend had never been to BGR.  He's not a fan of Ray's Hellburger and he's not interested in "fancy meat sandwiches".  We tried the Alexandria BGR location after our run to the airport and back.  After placing our order and paying at the cash register to a fairly surly staff member, we were handed a pager and sent off to the fancy soda machine and its multitude of choices.  Even with all the choices, he still came back with a classic Coke. :) Old Town has a larger space than Dupont and we were able to find a relatively clean table.  When the buzzer lights up, it's time to go back to the counter and pick up our order.
 The Wellington
Carmelized onions, mushrooms, blue cheese and mojo sauce.  The burger was not the requested medium-rare, and the overcooking meant a fairly dry, tasteless meat patty.  With the blue cheese under the burger bottom and the mushroom-onion mixture on top, the blue cheese did not overwhelm the rest of the flavors.  Still dislike the bun.  Final kvetch, there was no mojo on this "fancy meat sandwich", sauce or otherwise.
While the onion rings had a nice crunch, they arrived lukewarm.  Thumbs down.
 What was supposed to be a double patty with bacon, lettuce and tomato.
Looking closer, it was clearly missing the second patty.  Brought the mix up to the attention of the grill guys, and they fairly quickly remedied the situation.
Burger was requested medium, but one patty was more medium-rare. 
This was definitely a juicier burger concoction.  Better flavor with a char from the grill taste.  Fries were average and semi-cold.
For $33 for two burgers, onion rings, fries and two fountain drinks, BGR is a fairly expensive fast-casual burger experience.  At this price point, you expect a better burger, or at least the correct order and hot fries. While the boyfriend admits it's a better burger than Five Guys, it's doubtful he'd return. 

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