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Late Nite Adobo

Typing out thoughts on a website… when the cravings hit you in the late nite…

by Tondagossa

 

106 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
www.bgrtheburgerjoint.com

In the area and looking for another place to satiate your burger cravings?  Let’s be honest, we all get them every now and then.  Recently, a friend told me about BGR – The Burger Joint, a restaurant that presumably slings a mean burger.

That remained to be seen, or rather tasted.  As I walked in, vibes from the past surrounded me.  80’s music filled the air and su-su-pseudo-albums complete with true album art covered the wall on the right.  A couple of chalkboards lined the walls on the left with a listing of available treats (think Cold Stone).  The place seemed fairly inviting, clean, and somewhat unique, though not particularly fancy in any way.  The friendly staff was ready with suggestions.  After picking out your meal, you’ll be handed a familiar coaster-like pager with blinky lights to let you know when your order is ready.

With the selection available, it may take a little while to get to that pager.  The main draw of this place is the catalog of unique burgers. including a veggie burger.  And though I’m not a super-powered vegan who plays a mean bass, that option is always welcome.

If you’re looking for maximum mileage, it’s worth mentioning that they have a 9 pounder (15.4 lbs when fully armed and outfitted with condiments).  To up the ante, they’ll give it to you for free under one tiny condition: you must eat it all by yourself.  If that seems like an unreachable goal, you can pay full price, make a party of it and recruit others to assist you with your mad quest for world domination.  According to the website, it can satisfy the hunger of about 10-15 people.

So which burger did I choose?  The Wellington seemed interesting, with its seductive caramelized onions, blue cheese and “mojo sauce”.  Of course, they didn’t have any available at the time, which prompted me to settle for something a bit more exotic.  The Greek, a creation that appeared on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, is a lamb burger infused with the powers of mint, cumin and garlic.  They top it off with feta cheese and tzatziki sauce.  The cumin flavor was the most pronounced overall, though most of the flavors played in harmony.  Juicy with a tender texture, it was a delicious and enjoyable experience.  The feta and tzatziki sauce seemed to disappear into the background.  It’s something different and definitely worth checking out.  Though at about $12 for the burger alone, it’s probably not something you would want more than once a week or month.

The lowest point for me?  The fries.  I decided to shoot for the sweet potato variety, namely “The Orange Standard”.  For me, part of the joy of the burger n’ fries experience is the sultry forbidden dance between juicy and crunchy.  These fries were lacking in the crunch department.  If I ever stopped by BGR again, I would go with the fried asparagus or “The Gold Standard” (Yukon gold) for comparison.

Many drinks are available, from the standard fountain drinks to shakes and floats.  The beer selection was pretty poor with only 2 on tap at the time – Sam Adams Summer Ale and …another I can’t recall at the moment (most likely something not worth mentioning anyway).  The Summer Ale – light with a hint of sweetness – seemed to pair well with the lamb burger.

These burgers are priced at about $6.99-12.99 each.  The lunch special, which they label “The Box Set”, is available 11am-2pm, Monday through Friday for $8.99 and includes their famous original burger or a veggie burger, a soft drink, and regular fries.  I assume “regular” is referring to the Gold Standard.  Overall, BGR satisfied my burger craving.  Not the best burger I’ve had, but surely a unique and enjoyable experience.

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