Tuesday, May 18, 2010

More campus food

Husky Burger By George
Originally uploaded by jaceman4
Alright, so I haven't had a burger in a while, decided that since my bus wasn't coming around for a while, I'd get around to this place. By George is probably the only other place on UW campus outside of Pickles and Fries at the HUB that sells burgers, and is probably one of the few dining commons that hasn't undergone major renovation. While By George is probably technically comprised of various establishments, it's essentially one single cafeteria with multiple dining options, much more what you'd consider to be typical collegiate cafeteria dining experience. The burgers are stored at "The Grill" (very unoriginally named), and everything is pretty much pre-made, you just go and grab what you want and pay on your way out.

The Husky Burger is a poor shadow of its counterpart sold at The Ram. Essentially, what it strives to be is something along the lines of half of a Big Mac. The meat quality though is significantly better than that of McDonald's. I also like the tang to the Thousand Island sauce. However,, aside from that, it's a fairly uninspired burger. The fixings aren't exactly fresh and the bun is a generic (slightly over toasted) sesame bun. Overall, it could've been better, but it could've been worse.

The fresh cut style fries are quite nice, but overall, it's more a dining experience of convenience than anything I'd go out of my way for.

Rating of the Burger:
Meat: B-
Bun: B-
Fixings: C-
Condiments: B-
Sides: B
Price: $3-$6
Overall Rating: C+
Recommended Burger: Husky Burger

Saturday, May 1, 2010

An aptly named establishment

I remember when this place used to be a teriyaki shop. I don't think it was a very good one because it subsequently closed and became this place, A Burger Place. It's well known enough that when I tell people, "I went to A Burger Place to grab food" they'll ask if I mean just "a burger place" or "the A Burger Place". I've generally always been fairly fond of this place, in terms of quality of the burger, on the Ave, I'd have to say it's probably one of the best. I don't know if that's really so much of a kudos to the establishment as it is a testament to the lack of selection and quality of what is available there already.

This place is the very first kind of "customize-your-own-burger" type of establishments that I've ever been to. When you walk in, you see a counter with the grill behind it, and on the counter is a simple checklist. Fill out the checklist, hand it to the cashier, and your order is in. Unlike the other checklist establishment I reviewed, here prices are determined by what is checked, while certain things are free, things can add up so you might want to be a little careful of what you get.

In regards to the burger itself, it's fairly well done, and the meat is of good quality. It's got that nice hearty, beefy flavor without being excessively greasy. The bun is a well toasted sesame bun, which you can't go wrong with. I like how the fixings are very fresh, though they are a little skimpier on the lettuce than I personally prefer. Their condiment selection includes the typical ketchup, mustard, and mayo with additional options of teriyaki sauce, a house sauce (I think ranch-based), and hot sauce. There may be one more, but I don't really remember. I got the hot sauce and mayo, I like the hot sauce flavor, but I didn't really feel like there was enough of it there. Application is just as important as quality, even if it's really good you can't tell if there isn't enough of it and you defeat the purpose of condiments if there's too much of it.

The sides are good, they have a selection of regular, curly, steak fries, and onion rings. It's good, a little pricey, but generally good. I like steak fries so I get steak fries, they are more expensive than regular fries. In general, it's a good experience, a bit pricey for what it is, but it's good.

Rating of the Burger:
Meat: B+
Bun: A-
Fixings: A
Condiments: B-
Sides: B
Price: $4-$12
Recommended Burger: Make-your-own