The cramped setting is worth the wait for a couple of reasons, the first being the beer list. The BDP features rotating taps of snob-friendly favorites, currently including Widmer’s Deadlift IPA, a beer I love so much that seeing it available may or may not have made a tear spring from my eye. Unsurprising conclusion: we got a solid day-buzz while indulging in our meal.
The second and far-and-away most important reason patrons wait forever on a table is the burger. It’s damn near perfect. The bun is just thick enough to ward off bottom-bun soakage and comes slightly charred to provide a solid base. The patty is a full one-finger size (thereby meeting our Burger Golden Rule) and is flavored and salted better than every patty we’ve tasted thus far. The result is a juicy, clean, flavorful burger that rocketed to the very top of our tour list. (Side-note, the fries were a bit overcooked; the smart play is an order of Cajun tots.)
Full disclosure: the burger description above is based solely on Mike’s meal, sampled by B and quickly followed by a stealth waistband tuck. The sample was required because your proprietor, drunk with excitement (and Deadlift, natch), ordered the highly-regarded-yet-crazy-sounding “Jiffy Burger,” which is a standard patty topped with bacon, mayo, pickles and…peanut butter. You read that right. While better in taste than description, I found that the burger flavor took backseat to the heavy dollop of PB. While I love me some peanut butter, my burger purist sensibilities had me wishing I’d ordered something more standard.
Which I will, upon our sure-to-be-soon return. Blue Door Pub: you might want to knock that wall down soon, because we’re coming back, and this time we’re bringing friends.
Venue: B+ / Burger: A
1. Blue Door Pub
2b. Five Guys
4. The Bulldog
7. Burger Jones
8. Monte Carlo