This week's burger quest took our group to SMU Boulevard to try out the burgers offered by the Barley House. The Barley House is first a bar but it does have a menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches, bbq sandwiches, a variety of salads and appetizers such as fried pickles and fried mozzarella. We sat at the bar and asked the server for food menus and then I placed an order for a half-pound bacon cheddar burger with grilled onions cooked medium and tator tots which cost $8.45 plus tax and tip. According to the menu, the burgers at the Barley House are made with sirloin. The kitchen is somewhat open and you can look in and see the burgers cooking on a gas grill. About ten minutes later, the following burger was placed before me:
The bottom bun was lightly coated with mayonnaise and diced grilled onions. The patty was covered in melted cheddar cheese and two thin slices of crispy bacon. The bakery style top bun was buttered and toasted on the flat top. Taking a bite, I tasted a well seasoned juicy patty and sharp cheddar cheese. The grilled onions and mayonnaise were a nice compliment to the burger but they didn't over power the flavor of the beef. The inside of the patty was cooked to medium. The bun was light and fluffy but near the end didn't really hold up well to the size and juiciness of the patty. The tator tots were served hot and crispy with a touch of salt. Next time I'll have to try the fries to see how they taste.
Overall, I thought that the Barley House served a well done burger. The meat was cooked perfectly, the seasoning and flavor of the meat was good and the cheese and onions added nice flavors to the overall package. The only downside to the burger was that the two thin strips of bacon were slightly lackluster. I would go back and order burgers in the future.
Bun - 20, fluffy bun, good taste, could have held up a little better
Meat - 20, good flavors, cooked to medium, bacon could have been better
Appearance - 20, good looking burger, cheese melted nicely on patty, toasted bun
Taste - 21, well seasoned juicy burger, flavors melded nicely in each bite
Overall - 81
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