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Friday, July 2, 2010

Flying Fish (Preston Center) - June 30, 2010

This week,we were reminded that the menu at Flying Fish in Preston Center made the claim that the best burgers come from fish places so we decided to head there to try out their burger offering. As you enter the restaurant, you are transformed quickly from the hustle of Preston Center to a bait shack near your favorite fishing hole. We stood in a short line and while waiting we could review the menu that was painted above the registers. The menu consists of a variety of fried and grilled fish baskets, Po-Boys, appetizers including fried jalapenos and shrimp cocktails and a variety of salads. I ordered a bacon cheeseburger which came with a side of fries and two hushpuppies. The price of the cheeseburger was $5.50 but bacon was an additional two dollars since they had to ring it up as a breakfast side. I was given a buzzer and a glass for my drink and I sat down to wait for my burger. About ten minutes later, my buzzer went off and I picked up the following burger from the counter:

The patty was a third pound patty that was topped with American cheese and two slice of bacon. The bun was lightly toasted and appeared to have been flattened on the flattop as part of the toasting process. Taking a bite, I tasted a dry but seasoned patty that had been cooked well-done. I have a feeling that the patties are frozen product since burgers are not the main drawing point to eating at Flying Fish. The American cheese had melted nicely along the patty and added a nice flavor to each bite when paired with the bacon and patty. For a two dollar upcharge, another slice of bacon could have been added to the burger but the bacon was crispy and flavorful. The bun was a standard hamburger bun and neither added or detracted from the overall burger. The fries were slightly thicker cut and were served hot and crispy from the fryer. The two hushpuppies were crunchy and had nice corn flavor.

Overall, I thought that Flying Fish served an average burger. I don't think it lived up to their claim on the menu but if you were with a group of people who wanted seafood when you didn't, it would be an ok selection for lunch or dinner. In the future though, I will stick with my grilled grouper made snappy.

Ratings (1-25):

Bun - 18, standard hamburger bun, lightly toasted, held up well to burger

Meat - 18, third pound well done patty, nice seasoning, could have added third slice of bacon

Appearance - 19, cheese melted nicely across patty, golden toasted bun

Taste - 18, average burger, decent option if not a seafood fan

Overall - 73
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