I visited Moderne Burger last night with my wife and child. Our first impression was that the new decor is very nice on the 50s theme, but that the incredible amount of wasted floorspace was very inefficient. It would have been easy to have twice as many seats in the place without it feeling crowded. It was strange to come up with such a design after a one-year closure and reno. The booth benches were also too narrow for 2 average-sized adults to sit comfortably.
We had to wait about 15 minutes for a seat and they seemed happy to accomodate us especially since we were there with a young child. We each had a burger and fries. The fries were very hot and tasty and the portion was huge. The burgers were mediocre. The lettuce and tomato were fresh and the bun quite good if a little light and puffy. The special sauce was pretty flavourful. I had the cheddar cheese and my wife the Swiss. While the cheeses were not processed, they were from a pre-cut slab and not as flavourful as real, quality cheese. The burger this most reminded me of was from the longtime local favourite across the street. Nothing to go out of your way for or wait in line for. Maybe "unseasoned" beef isn't something to brag about...?
The value was okay, but I'd rather they shave a buck or two off the price and give me fewer fries. Sure, I'll eat them all, but do I really need that many? I saw so many plates going back with unfinished fries that I thought it was really wasteful.
The table service was okay, but not attentive. For the number of staff working - four on the floor - and four or five cooking, few tables, and a very limited menu, you'd think they could crank out burgers and fries at a fast pace. While we didn't have to wait overly long, the service wasn't quick and it meant that tables barely turned over at all. Another reason for long lines.
Overall, I don't think we'll go back despite living in the neighbourhood. We can go to the aforementioned competitor across the street and be more comfortable, get bottomless pop, and bottomless fries (if we're really hungry), and a similar or better burger for a few bucks less.
If you're doing a survey of best burgers in town you'll have to drop by, but I can't imagine this place placing in the top five despite it only doing burgers. Why the strong love for this place?