Ah yes, the ever controversial Bobby’s Burger Palace. Let’s just get this out of the way right at the beginning. To anyone who listened to episode 3, you’d know that there is some discrepancy over whether or not Bobby’s is “fast food.” Let me just say this, I got this burger and fries in 5 minutes. While the debate is still open over what’s considered fast food, for today’s purposes, fast is all I need (I’d also accept furious). The first thing you notice about this meal when you look at it is just how damn gorgeous it looks. You’d never get a meal this beautiful at your run in the mill fast food restaurant, but of course, the catch is that you pay for it.
The burger itself comes in at a whopping $8.50, and adding fries (sweet potato or regular cost the same, $3.50) and a drink quickly brings the total nearly up to $15. Not what you’re normally used to paying at a fast food restaurant, but if you need to impress a hot date with fat stacks, this is the place to go.
Alright alright enough about the place itself, let’s get on to the food. That is, of course, why you’re even here in the first place. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of toppings that came on this, the lettuce was fresh and crunchy, and the tomato was nice and thick along with a solid slice of onion, the pickle on the side is also definitely a bonus. And of course, this wouldn’t be Bobby’s if it wasn’t crunchified. For all those unaware, Bobby’s allows you to add potato chips to any burger, free of charge. You’re doing yourself an injustice if you don’t take advantage of this.
The first bite is a little tough to execute, as you might find yourself disassembling the whole thing, but that’s why it comes with a skewer, so everything stays in place. The patty itself is a nice thick, juicy patty with a lot of flavor, which can probably be attributed to the fact that these are exclusive Bobby Flay recipes. And of course, you get that nice satisfying crunch. Unfortunately after only a few minutes, the chips start to become saturated, and you forget they’re there as they just become one with the bun. Don’t be fooled though, this is a great experience with loads of flavor and tremendous mouthfeel.
Moving right along we come to the bonus review of Bobby’s sweet potato fries. These things are fantastic. Unfortunately I was pretty full from my burger so I didn’t finish them all, but before I left a grabbed a handful and ate them on my way back to my car because they just taste so damn good. They come with a honey-mustard horseradish sauce, which I really didn’t like, the flavor was extremely overpowering, and I don’t like horseradish, so I mostly avoided it. Eating them with ketchup worked, but they were probably best left plain. They maintained a nice crispy outer layer with a soft inside, and the perfect amount of salt. And I have to say, the salt they use is awesome, big chunks of it really add to the sweet flavor of the fries. And to top it off, look at that awesome can they come in!
In conclusion, make sure you take a stroll into Bobby’s at some point or another, you won’t regret it. And from all of us over at AVFTDT, happy eating.