3. Tattooed Moose Burger with American
I could likely spend an entire day in this bar, which has just the right amount of grime, graffiti, and people telling stories about misdeeds to keep me locked in a seat for an impressive duration. The entire menu actually looks delicious (how is the Thanksgiving Sammy?!) but again, I had a job to do, and so Cat and I ordered the burger and got into it.
My biggest criticism, which I’ll just throw out right off the bat, is that the patties were too thick for a double burger. Perhaps I caught the cook on a day when he was feeling generous, but it didn’t look like a 1/4lb patty, and it was hard to get the full flavor profile of the burger with so much meat in the mix. Everything else about the burger, though, was excellent. The fresh local bun was griddled perfectly and kept the elements together, there was serious melding between the meat and cheese, and the combination of a garlic aioli and special sauce gave it just the right amount of messy glory to blend in with the meat and balance the pickles and onions. Oh, and the sweet and spicy pickled green tomatoes on the side are some of the best I’ve ever had. The Moose makes damn fine food, and I’m coming back to eat everything else.