Monday, May 9, 2016

Fantastic Burger At BRGR

If your buds of taste are craving a fat, juicy burger you need to treat your buds to a burger at BRGR in the Treasure Island Beach Resort. "BRGR Kitchen and Bar is an ode to a love affair for the beach and a craving for a really good, high-quality burger," and I can't find a single reason to argue. The Belle of the Boulevard and I stopped by for lunch and we were muchly impressed with the property, the restaurant, and the beautiful beach setting.

We parked our buggy in the garage and rode an elevator up to the second floor. A charming hostess directed us to the main dining area where we were invited to sit where we pleased.

The lunch crowd had not arrived yet so the place was all ours. The lovely Valerie, who was to be our delightful server, suggested outdoor seating since the day was just spectacular.

Our next agenda item was choosing an adult beverage since we convinced Valerie that we were adults, or at least one of us was. The wine list was surprisingly extensive and reasonable. Many bottles of primarily California varieties were in the $30 to $40 range. Only two hit the $90 mark. There is an impressive handcrafted cocktail menu. The Belle and I both chose a refreshing draft from the Deep Blue Brewing Company. The Blonde Ale (4.8 ABV) was a refreshing light malt with a pleasing fruity taste and aroma.

Whilst tippling we considered the Social Beginnings and were intrigued by the Blistered Shishito Peppers, lightly grilled with brown butter, lemon, and Parmesan. We had no idea what we would be getting, but once we started on those peppers we could not stop.

According to Wikipedia, "Shishito pepper is a sweet, East Asian variety of the species Capsicum annuum. The pepper is small and finger-long, slender, and thin-walled. Although it turns from green to red upon ripening, it is usually harvested while green. The name refers to the fact that the tip of the chili pepper looks like the head of a lion." I never saw anything that looked like the head of a lion, but I only had half a glass of beer at that point.

After a serving of those peppers and a few more swigs of beer I felt as though I was in need of a Nooner and Valerie was more than happy to bring me this sinfully decadent BRGR burger.

The Nooner is the signature custom blended beef grind cooked to a perfect medium rare, then topped with smoked bacon, aged cheddar, fried hen's egg cooked sunny-side up, grilled portobello mushroom, crispy onions, cultivated greens, roasted shallot-truffle aioli, and a toasted brioche bun. I have no idea what I was supposed to do with the tub of ketchup. It would have totally mucked up that delicious burger that was perfection on a plate with that golden egg yoke gravy.

My bride chose the equally decadent Backyard BBQ Burger with a side of huge Pale Ale Onion Rings.

The burger is "the all American classic" signature custom blended beef grind, with American cheese, garden greens, vine ripe tomato, onion, sweet pickles, smoked bacon, and a toasted brioche bun. Those colossal rings were about the best ever. The onions were not cooked to death and the breading adhered perfectly to the rings. A bite yielded both onion and breading without disintegrating. Excellent!

Two BRGRs, onion rings, appetizer, and several beers set us back $65.27. We tacked on an additional $14 for Valerie's fantastic service. BRGR is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

BRGR Kitchen and Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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