Just as JFK was often mistaken for a doughnut, the very American hamburger is frequently mistaken for a Teutonic invention, a misunderstanding the folks at Burger Monday want to not so much correct as make true. So, on the 22nd, at Borough's Draft House, they're bussing in a chef from Hamburg's lavishly praised (even by its own name!) Trific to "reinvent" the beef-wich as if it were originally born on his native soil
Drawing from German tradition and food history that hasn't exactly become traditional, the three-courser will get you in the mood with veal roast smoked halibut cream with crispy capers, then move on to the main event: a "Labskaus"-style patty (Hamburg’s version of salt beef hash) aided by smoky shallot mayo, beetroot pickles, a fried quail egg, herring salsa, and fries. And because Germans respect their elders (not strictly Teutonic thing, but whatever), you'll finish with an elderberry granita, white chocolate panna cotta w/ stewed elderberry-apples, and cream of wheat-mousse w/ elderberry-caramel
Despite the theme, and the Draft House's famed selection of German beer, this meal will be washed down by free-flowing Camden ale that comes comped with your ticket. But, as the noble Frankfurter totally was Germany's gift to the world, your beef-lust will be further sated by a "hot dog party" both before, and after the event -- translated, "welcome to the Bay of Pigs".
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