The second thing I noticed was that I was caught in a game of parking lot Tetris after trying to get into the adjacent lot, so just park on the street. Now on to the burger…
I ordered the namesake True Burger – basically a top shelf bacon cheeseburger – and Pakora Onion Rings – even more basically onion rings. The presentation was simple, with the ample and spongy buns hiding the rich ingredients beneath. The twist of “bacon jam” and “onion straws” unravelled deliciously with the full-bodied cheddar. The savoriness lingered nicely and the structural integrity of the the burger remained steadfast until the last bite. They also recommended a medium preparation and the middle was a nice reddish pink, so another plus for that. Definitely a high umami factor on this one, though it registered a bit on the sweet side for some. The onion rings were also served with a couple good dipping sauces and the fries were just fine as well.
But it was as I came to the end of my burger frenzy that I was struck by a sense of sadness and envy coming from the far end of our long table. Alas, several of our friends were still burgerless even as we joyously finished ours, their dinner left behind by a kitchen “gangbanged by burger orders”. To be fair, there were really a lot of us (like 30+ even?), but needless to say their appraisal of the service was as subpar. I can appreciate this, but the staff was friendly and conscientious overall and even let us (and by “us” I mean my generous table mate Mr. Monty) know where to get beer before we got underway as they are BYOB. So I guess the moral is – don’t roll too deep and bring beer.
Finally, of the other burgers contending with the True, both the Carne Asada and the Italiano got good reports, though the Brunch burger was apparently not quite at the True level and the veggie burger was a total no-go (though that’s to be expected, really).
It was a pleasure and honor to don the burger hat – many thanks!
Out of 30 total BEU members in attendance, here’s how True Burger fared:
Who would win in a fight?
Tom Ford – 9
Harrison Ford – 21