burgers are one of those foods we have ALL eaten a lot of. when you think america fare, you think burgers. we have all had thousands of good burgers and hopefully quite a few great burgers. but when you really think about it, probably not that many horrible burgers. that's because burgers are such a simple thing that you really have to go out of your way to fuck up a burger.
on our 3rd round of burger-o-rama, these are the things i am thinking about. its strange too, because unlike the year of mediocre thai food i recently endured, average burgers don't bother me so much. there is something soul satisfying about even the most mediocre burger.
so with that i start the review of my burger experience at the down town lounge. i am an overall fan of this place. at this point in my life you will not find me here late night, but seth and i are known visit on a random weekday evening enjoying their lengthy happy hour. everyday from 5-7pm dtl has drink and food specials, all food on the board is 1/2 price. its also generally a good place for burgers as that is what makes up their entire regular menu -- from a classic single patty burger to a greek gyro burger with fish, chicken, and veggie in between. seth is a fan of their big mac, whose description brings you back to the 1980s commercials when "2 beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame bun" sung to your belly.
on this weeknight i was on call for work so the only beverage i indulged in was a cola. we started w/ boneless buffalo wings which were pretty delicious though also a little disgusting. and like so many buffalo incarnations, no hot enough. they were very crunchy and the blue cheese was very chunky so overall they get a thumbs up for greasy fatty bar food. they were also half off so even if they were a little disgusting, how much can i really complain. and they were only gross in that 'i can't believe how much i am enjoying this nastely little fried snack' sort of way.
i contemplated getting the most basic of burgers so i could really judge the burger and not the toppings. but then i realized that dtl is not the place you go for your 100% angus beef burger cooked to a perfect pink medium rare. these burgers are all cooked to a gray well done and its not one of those burgers where you really want to taste the meat (of note, this was one of my problems with my burger at david's. as good as the bacon was, i think they should let the beef shine on its own). so i went for the burger special: a bacon, swiss, mushroom burger w/ lettuce, tomato, and chipolte mayo and fries. as it was on the board, it was about $4.
this was a good, satisfying burger. everything really tasted great together. i was a little concerned the mushrooms would be canned but they were fresh and very tasty but i do wish there was more. they were all sort of crowded in the center (another side note: until i moved to the east coast i didn't know that canned mushrooms existed. then i worked at this dive-y bar in boston and that was all they served. i even discussed this with a friend of mine, who is also from california, and her only response was: "they can mushrooms?" i think we all can agree mushrooms really should not be canned.). the chipolte mayo needs more kick.
seth got the haddock burger to start his research for another survey piece. he thought it was very good but the piece of haddock could have been larger and he had the same complaint about the chipolte mayo.
i rarely meet a fried potato i don't like but i was pleasantly surprised by dtl's fries. in a place like this i usually expect to find frozen fries. but these appeared to be hand cut! they were very good but i do think they are filling the heinz ketchup bottles with an inferior ketchup product.
so this was a good burger experience. i think the price played a roll in my review. at $4 i am more forgiving then at $12. when i go to dtl i have lower expectations and so they are usually met. if i am at a finer establishment with a higher price point i expect more. again i will say, its hard to fuck up a burger and so i think if you need a burger fix with a beer and you only got a few bucks in your pocket, dtl will do the trick.