It’s been a while since I’ve written about burgers in this blog. They used to appear on a regular basis here, but then I got simultaneously better at eating and worse at blogging. So, let’s catch up, shall we?
The best burger I ate in 2014 was the brisket burger at Collins Quarter in Savannah. The place initially turned me off with its airs, but a second trip put the food front-and-center (and the service was friendlier). The brisket burger was a revelation. For a while now, I’ve loved both brisket and burgers. I’ve never thought of them together. The Collins cooks got the done-ness just right, I’m sure, but the choice of brisket contributed mightily to one of the most tender, juicy burgers I’ve ever tasted.
In other news, Shake Shack arrived in Washington. Or, I should say, arrived in a more accessible way in Washington. The long lines at Dupont and the ballpark were never for me, but the size and speed of the Shack’s Union Station outlet was just right. I liked their burger but didn’t love it. I would put it a close third behind Five Guys and then Elevation Burger. (Shack fries, any style, do not come close, sadly.)
But — the reason for my posting today — one area where Shake Shack has won my heart (and slowed it a little until I go for a run tonight) is veggie burgers. I’m no fan of veggie burgers, but I do love mushrooms. I tried Shake Shack’s ‘Shroom Burger today and came away wowed. The burger is a fried portobello mushroom with cheese stuffed inside. Yes, let me be clear: the ‘Shroom Burger is not a health food. Half your daily saturated fat comes inside it (terrifying PDF of Shake Shack nutrition). But it’s healthier than most other Shake Shack options. If that helps.
I’m glad Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me‘s Sandwich Monday team has covered the ‘Shroom this month. I like Sandwich Monday a great deal, and my only knock on the feature is that it sometimes fails to express a clear option whether a food is delicious or not. (This is the occasional price of humor.) But there’s no such trouble this time. Final graf: “The verdict: quite possibly the best veggie burger ever made. If a veggie burger were going to start a cult with a devout following made up of other, lesser veggie burgers, the ‘Shroom Burger would be the one to do it.”