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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Village Burger Bar - December 7, 2009

On a cold Monday outside, we visited the Village Burger Bar off of Lemmon and McKinney Avenue in Dallas to try their cuisine. The Village Burger Bar is a very modern restaurant where you order at the counter but your food is brought to your table and the menu consists of a selection of burgers plus salads and paninis as well. The people behind the counter were very friendly and I placed my order for a Build to Suit burger consisting of bacon, cheddar, grilled onions and mayo with a side of shoestring fries. I was given a number and pointed in the direction of the drink bar where you have a choice of flavored tea, black tea and a variety of soft drinks. We all sat down and about ten minutes, our burgers were brought to the table:

I immediately noticed the bun which was brushed with butter on top and was toasted crispy on the bottom. The onions were thin slices of white onion that appeared to have been barely grilled. There was not much caramelization and crispy bits on them. The patty was fairly thick and juicy. The bacon was thin slices that were crispy and the cheddar was melted on top of the patty. Taking a bite, the bun was crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside and it held up well to the juicy patty. The patty was seasoned lightly with salt and pepper and the bacon was lightly smoked. The flavor of the cheese neither detracted nor added to the taste of the burger. The french fries were generously seasoned with salt and pepper but they could have been a little crispier. Finally the onions were good but they didn't add much flavor to overall burger.

Overall, I thought Village Burger Bar did a good job on preparing a burger in an upscale location. The ingredients were fresh and the restaurant offers a myriad of options for preparing your burger. I would definately go back to get a burger if I was shopping in Uptown.

Ratings (1-25):

Bun - 21, fresh bun, nicely buttered and toasted

Meat - 18, nicely seasoned patty, cooked well, juicy, fresh

Appearance - 19, fresh ingredients, well prepared burger

Taste - 18, good burger with fresh ingredients

Overall - 76

Bonus Pic of Turkey Burger with Cranberry:

Bonus Pic of Beef Burger with Grilled Jalapeno's and Sweet Potato Fries:

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