Food Porn with James Chang: The Burger Joint

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A Burger Joint "masterpiece" (Photo Credit: James Chang)

Burger and Fries (Photo Credit: James Chang)
Bacon and Egg Burger with Fries
(Photo Credit: James Chang)

 

Heading to the Burger Joint:

 

The Burger Joint is the place to be for those who like the old retro style of a classic burger restaurant with all the benefits of modern ordering methods and fresh high quality ingredients. The restaurant is on the pricey side, but it’s most definitely worth the time and money.

 

The Burger Joint sits nonchalantly in the Neelsville Village Center with a black and bold sign. The restaurant stands by the Giant grocery store as if pretending to be a mediocre fast food spot, such as Subway. However, this is merely a ploy to invite unsuspecting customers into enjoying a real hamburger for the first time in their lives.

 

The interior of the Burger Joint is a blast from the past, featuring well-known records of some of the most popular bands before our time. The air is filled with the sound of a constantly busy kitchen and the smell of charred burgers.

 

Choices range from a simple hamburger to a completely decked out ahi salmon burger with the works: Avocado, tomato, etc. Either way, you will enjoy the a decently sized burger of high quality. The staple item on their menu is “the Burger,” which features a dry-aged patty cooked to your request on an open flame grill. You also have the choice to double the patties at your own risk, as the result is a massive beast.

 

Keep in mind, that may have you blacking out with the “itis” by the end of the meal. The Burger Joint provides the standard burger choices, as well as a list of featured “masterpieces” which consist of pre-designed burgers for those who want to try something new without going too wild. You may also create your own legendary burger beast by topping it with their wide variety of choice toppings.

 

Sides include salad, french fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, or grilled asparagus; enough choices to please any palate. You may request to have these seasoned with roasted garlic, rosemary, and/or Parmesan cheese if you want to add another level to your meal. The menu also features your choice of shakes, vintage bottle sodas, or healthy green entrees such as salad or wraps.

 

The burger box set is served on a large metal dish with some sort of butcher paper and sits snugly with a fresh batch of piping hot french fries on the dish. The dry aged beef patty sits on a sesame seed bun open-faced and ready for any condiments you wish to add to it from ketchup to A1 steak sauce.

 

The bun is soft, yet sturdy enough to handle itself with the large beef patty that it supports. Surprisingly it also soaks up any juices that the patty might normally drip and thus provides a neat base for you to hold your burger.

 

The aroma of the burger patty on its own is enough to make your knees buckle with the sheer density of meat smell it contains. The flavor of the dry aged beef is so full that you may not need to add any condiments as you may accidentally smother the incredible yet delicate taste of the patty. It is savory with a hint of smoke with just the right amount of fat and a touch of the trademark mushroom flavor of dry aged beef.

 

The trademark dry age taste is incredible yet fragile and can be overpowered if you add too many extra ingredients to the burger. However, the base flavor of the smoke and beef is incredible enough to stand atop anything you might throw on it.

 

I will advise anyone who is willing to drop by this restaurant to take your time to taste and savor your meal, because it is almost a guarantee you will finish the burger in minutes. This is speaking from personal experience.

 

The Burger Joint is just as its name entails–the place to get burgers, and it sells itself with that point. Although there are many choices of entrees, whether it be the Triple D burger or the Veggie burger, you have to try the burgers to see why this restaurant named itself for what it is. At its core, this restaurant truly is the burger joint.