That’s a lotta B’s! I’ll explain it all, I promise!
Anyway, me and Andy went to the Burger Bar @ Lumiere Place. No…I didn’t take a picture of the entrance (I’ll also explain that later!). The atmosphere is pretty run of the mill, so you’re not really missing much with a lack of picture, I promise!
I’ve actually been to the burger bar before! However, this was:
– before my meat-eating days (I was a vegetarian for 7 years!)
– before my food-blogging days
– before my foodie days (in other words, I used to think that going to Applebee’s was a treat!*)
Anyway, it was nice to have a return visit and share the experience with Andy. I was ready to chow down on some real meat!
Oh, before I start, you should know that The Burger Bar is the creation of Hubert Keller, world renowned French chef (and contestant on Top Chef Masters!). In other words, he knows his food. We were both so excited to eat here!
Okay, the food. The premise at The Burger Bar is simple. You choose your ingredients:
Bun (Sesame, Onion, Whole Wheat, Plain, Ciabatta, Sourdough)
Protein (Black Angus, Country Natural, American Kobe, Buffalo, Veggie, Chicken Breast, Salmon, Turkey)
Toppings (Way too many to list, but everything from lettuce, tomato, and onion to the more extravagant – black truffles or lobster, anyone?)
Easy enough, right? No? Too many choices? Well, the Burger Bar also offered some delicious-sounding burgers that had everything already picked out for you.
But who wants to do that? I’m at a Burger Bar! Let me pick my own ingredients!
I went with the Buffalo burger on a ciabatta bun, topped with jalapeno bacon, pepperjack cheese, and avocado. Yum!
Poor picture, I’m sorry! I’ll explain why in a bit!
Oh, I’m going backwards! I forgot to mention the appetizer we ordered to share: The Trio of Fries. It included fried pickles…
And onion rings.
And five dipping sauces!
So before I get to what I thought of the food, let me explain the pictures. I know they’re of a poor quality. I debated in my mind whether I wanted to post this review. As much as the review itself is important, the pictures are really what draws readers in and entices them to stay. I’ve been to food blogs where the pictures are fantastic and mouthwatering! These pictures are neither. I did mention in a previous post that I’m having trouble figuring out my camera, and while that is true, that’s not why these pictures are so bad.
For the first time in the short history of my food blog, I felt uncomfortable and embarrassed about taking pictures of my food. I’m not going to get into too many details, but I snapped one picture of each menu item and moved on. Usually I snap 4 to 5 pictures of each item before I feel satisfied. I move the food around, I shoot from different angles, etc. But this time I felt almost pressured to get it in one shot. And no, it wasn’t Andy who made me feel this way (he always eats out with me! Hello!). But that’s it. I’m really disappointed, but am making a promise to myself to never let anyone make me feel ashamed of my blogging from now on. I love food, and I love taking pictures. It might look weird to outsiders, but I love it, and I don’t care what other people think! So there.
Whew! Didn’t mean to get so off-topic there!
So the food? Well…honestly? I wasn’t super impressed. Don’t get me wrong, everything was decent. But for the price (this stuff is NOT cheap!) and the name (Hubert Keller!) I was expecting a lot more. I was expecting for my burger to be cooked medium, as I requested (it wasn’t). I was expecting a juicy, flavorful burger (it wasn’t). I was expecting a soft, doughy bun (nope!). The burger was decent, but it wasn’t anything that knocked my socks off.
I felt the same way about the Trio of Fries. Decent, but not great. You know when you bite into a fried food, and the whole thing slides out, leaving you with a sad shell of crust? That happened with everything. It’s not fun having a warm pickle slide out of a fried shell and onto your plate. Trust me on that one.
So the food was mediocre, but what about the service? I’m sorry to say that that was lacking, too. I could tell our waiter wished he was elsewhere, but don’t take it out on us! He was cordial, but didn’t really make us feel welcome.
Anyway, on to the scores. I’ve rambled enough, right?
Food: 2 stars (out of five)
Ambiance: 2 stars
Service: 2 stars
Value: 1 star
I know, I know…rough scores. But when a Top Chef opens a restaurant, you expect to be blown away! And I wasn’t.
If you’re itching to spend $30 on a burger, save your money. Go elsewhere. Seamus McDaniels is a good start, and you won’t have to spend nearly as much!
*I hope my little jab at Applebee’s doesn’t offend you! They have some pretty tasty chicken fingers, but I’m not a huge fan of chains!