10515 N. Mo-Pac Expressway #205
New (opened 12/2007) local burger restaurant run by the Rudy's BBQ folks. Focus is on a simple menu (burgers, fries, shakes, chili dogs) and fresh ingredients.
Mighty Dry Burger
Original Review Date: 12/11/2007
Rating: +1/+3(Not bad)
I had very high hopes for this place. All the right pieces are there--they use fresh "all-natural" beef, ground on-site, hand-formed into burgers (you can even watch the hand-forming in progress via large picture windows into the "beef room"), fresh-cut fries. But I think there is one fatal flaw in this burger concept--they cook them on a griddle. I think using a grill would result in much more flavorful burgers. As it is, the burger I got was very dry and pretty bland.
I ordered a Jr. Hamburger and fries. As mentioned, burger was dry. It was a nicely-formed plump patty (not your usual razor-thin fast food patty), but was dry as a bone, prompting a request for more mayo. Fries were good--very thin crinkle-cut.
On the plus side: I like the setup of the place--quick counter service, big bright clean space, lots of seating. Fresh ingredients. Reasonable price. Two-way mirror in men's room (very odd sensation). Coke instead of Pepsi. Decent toasted bun.
Negatives: dry burger, griddle-cooked, no cheddar cheese (only American), no onion rings.
They also offer chili dogs, but apparently not hot dogs (at least they don't appear on the menu).
All-in-all, it's worth checking out. I'll go again and see if I can request the burger medium or medium rare. But I think the Griddle Problem is a killer.
Website note: Their website is very 1990's, with the store-as-site metaphor interface, reminiscent of Southwest Airlines' original homepage design.
Doneness Update: Went by there again today, 6/3/08, after stocking up on some Brampton Chardonnay at Spec's, and was more pleased with this visit. I made two new discoveries this time: there is an automated hand washing machine just outside the restrooms ("a jacuzzi for your hands"), which is kind of entertaining; and to get a juicier burger, ask for it to be done medium. I asked, and they asked if I minded waiting about 10 minutes, which I was (mighty) fine with. I then asked the woman behind the counter if they cook the burgers medium well by default, and she said yes. I suspect they have lots of burgers sitting on the griddle, cooked to medium well or well done (and drying out more by the minute), and those burgers are scooped off as needed to fill orders.
The medium burger was a tad pink inside. It was still kind of dry, but definitely better and jucier than the burger on my first visit (although it required the addition of more mayo on the bare top bun, as well as some salt--still kind of bland if you don't salt them). There were even visible drippings of burger juice on the paper wrapper halfway through the burger!
And I enjoyed the fries this time as well--not greasy, nicely crisped.
So, I'd go back if I were in the neighborhood, but the lack of cheddar and the use of a griddle means I won't go out of my way to eat a Mighty Fine.