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Top 5 Burger

Romer's Burger Bar

The Burger:

Mans Man Burger

Overall Rating:

88/100

Cost Range:

$10.00-$20.00

Rated On:

Aug 24, 2011

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

First, picture a generous portion of 100% all-natural, Angus beef balled up and slightly flattened into a patty like form. Then take this gorgeous patty, sear on a flat top, keeping all those great burg juices locked in. Finally, take that patty and place it on an airy, chewy, almost pastry-like brioche bun. Boom. There's the makin's for a Romer's burger. One Word. Freaking Amazing. OK, that's two words, but just calling it amazing doesn't do the burger justice.

The Extras

As for the extras, let me start by taking a minute to qualify my ingredient listing. When I say "Mayo" and "Mustard", I haven't quite told the truth because these folks take your plain old mustard and toss it out the window by offering both normal mustard and a wonderful tangy experience in their whole grain mustard. Then, their mayo selection alone is larger than the the grand sum of all toppings at some burger joints. I mean, they tantalize you with olive oil, orange, aioli, chipotle and bacon mayo. Well, now that I've covered the sauces, lets get into the cheeses. My god. Could I interest you in some Horseradish jack, Stilton, amber ale cheddar, local goat, Gorgonzola, aged cheddar, Boursin or Habanero Pepper Verdelait? If these wonderful twists on the simple things aren't evidence enough of top notch burg artistry, I'm not sure what is. Oh, did I also mention that "Fries" includes the options for plain fries and sea salt, garlic fries, truffle oil fries or fries covered in bacon and gorgonzola cheese. Say goodbye to your run of the mill fries, folks.

The Experience

Romer's is located right on west 4th with your usual 'patio' seats facing the street for some casual people watching. Nothing gimmicky here, they're a lounge and it looks like it.

My Take

Ambrosial - adjective - "exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; especially delicious or fragrant." OR "worthy of the gods; divine."

The reason for this little english lesson is that, because Romer's has gone out and taken the ordinary and put a wonderfully delicious twist on it. I felt that my same old vocab just wouldn't do, so I went and found a new word that I felt may begin to describe my experience. From the moment my lips hit that velvety brioche, I was greeted so lovingly by the genuine beef flavor of the patty and those all important burg juices fell ever so gently to the plate below, I could tell that this burg was something special. The folks in the kitchen at Romer's could be called chefs but should be called artists as this burger is, simply put, a masterpiece.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value

Score

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  • 18/20
  • 3/5
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Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (85 votes - 2.08)


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Available with your choice of:

Patties

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Veggie
  • Turkey
  • Salmon

Buns

  • Brioche Bun

Sauces

  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Special Sauce

Cheeses

  • Cheddar
  • Jack
  • Stilton
  • Gorgonzola

Toppings

  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Sauteed Onion
  • Bacon
  • Braised Short Rib
  • Onion Strings

Sides

  • Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Braised Short Rib Poutine

Drinks

  • Pop
  • Beer
  • Beer Floats