A burger bar? Sure, why not? This place does, well, burgers. It's a clean, "hip" place, certainly looking a lot more high-end than any other burger joint in town.
Service was okay, I mean, our waitress was a bit, errr....well, I dunno, just not fully there. But she was pleasant and helpful. Same with the host or manager guy. He sure seemed to be helpful, so it's hard to complain. But none of the staff ever gave me the impression that there were really _passionate_ about burgers. That's a real downer at a place like this.
Because, well, let's get to the burgers. Minimum $10 each. Just a burger. No sides, no nothin'. (Plenty of good sides by the way, we tried a couple of salads, fresh, tasty, creative. Big thumbs up). You're here for the burgers, right? We got a Rodeo Star and the Salmon burger. All burgers come with a brioche bun, but you can opt for the "green" option, which swaps in lettuce. I thought the burgers were reasonably sized, certainly not tiny, but you're not paying for size, that's for sure.
First up, the Rodeo Star. Now that was a damned good burger. Very tasty, very moisty & juicy. There's a certain depth to the flavour profile that I've not had in any burger in memory. At this point, I'm going to get picky. The 2 downsides: Uneven distribution of the fixings (e.g. tomato, onion, etc) so that it was possible to get an entire half of the burger with nothing but patty. The second problem was that fancy brioche bun, it's too delicate. It was completely overpowered by the beef patty. Other than that, it was top notch, fresh ingredients, done perfectly.
Next, the Salmon burger. This was better. Quality salmon used here, and unlike the beef burger, the more delicate flavour of the salmon paired perfectly with the brioche bun. The only complaint here is the salmon was rolled up in a thick roll, so we kind of had to unfurl it to spread even across the bun. Other than that, this was a big hit. Combination of flavours was excellent, the salmon was there, the bun was there and everything else was in full taste support mode.
So are these the best burgers in town? As of my current experience, this is a definite "YES". The flavour complexity, texture and ingredient quality is well above any other place I've tried yet. Despite a rather hearty lunch, we did not go away feeling really bloated or extremely thirsty unlike many other places, which we're attributing to fresh ingredients without sauce or cheese overload.
There is one big problem. It's pricey. I'm not feeling like burgers should be a fancy, pricey item. It's a good 50% more than Vera's offerings. Yeah, it's a better burger ... but I'm not sure I'm more satisfied with the burger experience here. Burgers should be inexpensive, sloppy, casual affair. Maybe. I'm still mulling over that one. On the flip side, if I wanted burger & sides, it'll be about $14-16, which is comparable to the big chains like Earl's, Cactus, etc., but these are waaaaay better.
I recommend it and I'm going to encourage you to try once, just to see what a burger could be. I'm just a little hesitant about a hearty two thumbs up due to pricing.