Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Some good beef for a seafood place

Cajun Burger
Originally uploaded by jaceman4
So at the request of my friend, we finally were able to meet up, and also go to Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers to grab a bite. He'd been raving about this place for a bit, and I'd been looking for an opportunity to meet up, so it was good. When you walk in the place seems pretty unassuming, just a big board menu with an order side and a pick-up side. Most of the menu is seafood, but there are a good number of burgers to select from.

I opted for the Cajun Burger simply because I noticed they had a Cajun version of everything, so I figured, this must be something they're good at. The meat quality was good, full, and beefy, the three things I love in a good burger. The bun contained the burger well, and did its job. In terms of the fixings, it was pretty much cheese and onions, I did like how it worked in the burger and for this specific burger I don't know that I'd add much more, but it did make the burger a little sparse. The sauce was pretty good, except it was kind of gobbed on, so you made sure to taste a lot of it. I personally would've liked a little more kick or tang from a Cajun style burger, but it was tasty.

The fries were actually really well done, they had some kind of seasoning/breading on them so it made it pretty good, they were certainly gone before you knew it. It's a little out of the way, but certainly this is somewhere I'd go for a bite.

Rating of the Burger:
Meat: B+
Bun: B-
Fixings: B
Condiments: B-
Sides: A
Price: $7-$10
Overall Rating: B
Recommended Burger: Cajun Burger

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A neighborhood burger from a neighborhood grill

Steakhouse Burger
Originally uploaded by jaceman4
It's an interesting phenomenon that in the immediate Seattle area there are no Applebees around. Anyways, some friends and I ended up going to the one up in Lynnwood because one of my friend's little sister is only 18 and she can't get into other typical happy hours. Anyways, we went and I realized that it was Monday, and on Mondays, the burgers are only $5, which was sweet.

So, I ordered the Steakhouse Burger, because I am a sucker for steak sauce. The meat was well cooked and good and juicy, definitely a plus. The bun, it did its job, the burger was contained as a handheld edible. The fixings were good, though the onion straws were a little on the overpowering side, so it was kind of hard to really taste a whole lot else. I am a sucker for steaksauce, but the onion straws were so overbearing you only tasted it here and there. Sadness.

The fries were, well, fries. I think they might've been slightly seasoned, it was a plus, I liked them. All in all, if you're ever at an Applebees late Monday night it's definitely worth it, even if you're just at an Applebees normally, I'd still probably get it.

Rating the Burger:
Meat: B+
Bun: B-
Fixings: C+
Condiments: C+
Sides: B
Price: $5-$10
Overall Rating: B-
Recommended Burger: Steakhouse Burger