Saturday, April 20, 2013

BGR: The Burger Joint

BGR: The Burger Joint is a burger chain that offers an exclusive, award winning blend of prime, dry-aged, all natural, hormone free, grain-fed beef. All burgers are served on a fresh, buttery-toasted brioche bun, baked exclusively for BGR and delivered fresh every day. Everything is cooked to order guaranteeing freshness. With several locations in the DMV area, I recently went to the Clarendon joint. Closest Metro is Clarendon.

When you step inside of BGR, there is a huge menu posted by the door, and then you walk down the aisle to order your food. The guy behind the counter was extremely friendly and exuberantly took our orders.  Specify lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, or mojo sauce (or get all called "the works") and any cheese or bacon you may want to add on.  Then pick your sides - we stuck to regular French fries - yet the sweet potato tots and the asparagus fries looked good too.  Then pay and go find a seat, as they will call your name when your order is ready.  The burgers are grilled to temperature over an open flame - not fried on a piece of stainless steel. BGR's mantra is to "present to you not a fast food place, not a mass production burger operation, but a “joint” — one that you can make your own, stay awhile and enjoy the food."

The tables are decorated with faux mosaics and the walls are decked out with cover art from seminal ’80s rock albums of stars like Blondie, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Petty.  The ambience was fun and inviting and we did not have to wait long for our order to be called.  I ate the turkey burger - freshly ground and blended with portobello mushrooms and a hint of gorgonzola cheese, then cooked sous vide (very low and slow). The texture of the patty itself was a bit odd to me, and I would have preferred it to be grilled instead but the flavor was interesting and good.  Served on a fresh, buttery-toasted brioche bun, I also added lettuce, tomato, pickles and the mojo sauce, which is BGR's version of a mayo and ketchup mix.  The fries were perfectly crispy and the right size for two to share.  Keith ordered the regular burger, cooked medium, with pepper jack cheese and "the works."  He has eaten at BGR before but stated that this burger was  much more delicious than he remembered.

Overall, we had a satisfying lunch and I appreciate the different types of burgers offered like the vegetarian (made of black beans and grains) or the Greek Burger (made with ground lamb).  Seasonal and special daily burgers are also available, as well as milkshakes and floats. BGR is a great spot for a casual lunch and I would come back here over other local burger joints.

Total Rating: 3.75
Food: 4, Price: 3, Service: 4, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 5

What I ate:
Turkey Burger
Freshly ground and blended with portobello mushrooms and a hint of gorgonzola cheese,
then cooked sous vide. Served on a fresh, buttery-toasted brioche bun with
lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mojo sauce.

Plus Keith ate:
Burger

Served on a fresh, buttery-toasted brioche bun with pepper jack cheese,
lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and mojo sauce.

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