As big of a glutton as I am, I would not normally be raring to get out of bed on a rainy Sunday. But I do love my friends so I pulled on those wellies and trekked to Soho for our burger brunch date at Burger & Barrel. This was my reward:
This, my friends, is the B&B Classic "Weekender." It's a burger topped with all the typical fixins: lettuce, tomato, pickles, cheese and special sauce (basically mayo, ketchup, mustard and spices). But ask for the "Weekender" and you get a fried egg on top of all that. If you really wanna go all out, ask for extra bacon, too. Those crisp onion ring toppers come gratis with all B&B burgers. What more could you possibly want?
I thought the burger was pretty perfect. With all the goodies stacked on top of that thick and juicy patty, the burger is easy to handle. There's nothing more frustrating, after all, than going in for a bite anticipating several different flavors only to find half of them have slipped off the burger and onto your plate. I like how the sandwich is just the right size and that they've thought to cut it in half before serving it to you so that it's easier to dig into. And an egg in my burger? Sheer genius.
It was unfortunate that I was completely stuffed afterward because there were so many things I wanted to order off that menu. I am dying to try the Caramel Twist Spiked Milkshake, which combines vanilla ice cream, Makers Mark bourbon and caramel sauce. Can you say yum? Also on the dessert menu: S'mores Pie. Hell's to the yes.
You'll be seeing more of me, B&B.
I give that burger:
Burger & Barrel is located at 25 West Houston Street New York, NY between Mercer and Greene Streets. Phone (212) 334-7320 for reservations.