The Burger Joint - Closed

If you're into gourmet burgers, the Burger Joint is the latest to open in the Mobile area. It's located in the Yester Oaks shopping center just a few doors down for Books-A-Million.  Think of it as your backyard hamburgers on steroids. No, seriously it is.  All the beef is billed as prime, aged, all natural and hormone free.  You can definitely taste the difference. The burgers are served on these brioche buns and fit in the palm of a man's hands; although it could come stacked pretty high.

So, I have been craving a Greek burger for months! First and last time I had one was at Greekfest.  When I went online to check out BGR, I noticed there was a Greek burger on the menu.  I thought, yup I'm going to get me some.  When I arrived for lunch around 1pm, there was a good a number of people already inside.  I had a bit of sticker shock because the burgers, by themselves, start at $7 and goes up from there.  I noticed on their big black menu, the ingredients listed is much different than on the website.  When I got up to the cashier, I asked if the Greek burger had any tzatziki sauce on it and she told me no.  Looking back, I should have realized she was new and asked the manager instead.  I was disappointed I didn't get what I was craving but there is always next time.

Instead, I ordered the Wellington.  Not a bad second option I have to say.  It has deep-roasted (whatever that means) mushrooms, caramelized onions, garlic and black truffles with a touch of mustard seed and blue cheese crumbles.I thought all the flavors will be muddled but I was pleasantly surprised  You can taste each distinctive topping. The sweetness of the onions, the meaty flavor of the mushrooms and the sharpness of the blue cheese; all come together to compliment the excellent beef instead of masking it.  The beef itself is no slouch either. It's definitely prime.  I ordered mine medium rare and it came out just perfect.  Something that is hard to get in even the best of hamburger joints.

Usually, I would be quite satisfied with the meat and toppings but on this occasion, the bread is really spectacular.  I love the butteyr feel of the brioche.  Every time I took a bite, I felt like the whole thing just melted in my mouth.  It was quite delicious.

I also like the different options for sides at BGR.  There are Yukon gold potato fries, sweet potato fries, asparagus spears and onion rings.  Because of mis-communication, I was able to sample both the fries options.  I love, love, love sweet potato fries.  I like that at BGR they're crispy on the outside and still tender on the inside.  I needed to add a bit of salt on mine but I like them more savory.  I also saw the line cook salt each individual batch before serving so he might have just been a little light handed for my fries.

The colors and atmosphere of the Burger Joint reminds me a lot of the Hard Rock casino.  There are these funky lights and chrome table and chairs.  Not to mention the guitar on the walls and posters of rock bands through the ages.  It is rather small though.  There's some booths lining the sides of the restaurant that aren't very comfortable.  There's also a few tables set up outside.  Because it's basically in the walkway of a shopping center, there's not a lot of opportunity for a cool breeze to blow through.
Although it was delicious, I don't know if it will become a staple in my favorite lunch spots.  The prices are high but it is for a quality product.  BGR does have a daily deal weekdays from 11am - 2pm.  For $8.99, you can get a regular burger, regular fries and a drink.  However, if I am going to BGR I want to try out their specialty burgers not something I can make easily at home.  I might have to settle just for the burger instead of the whole shebang.

BGR The Burger Joint on UrbanspoonIn the slide show below, I have their take out menu which is a better representation of what they serve on the burgers as well as the prices.  Hope this review was helpful.


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