So, I finally made it over to FarmBurger for lunch yesterday. Seems like I was there with half the city, as the FarmBurger has created some buzz right out of the gate. Several local bloggers already have nice reviews on the place: See The Food Abides for a good one.
In case you haven't heard about FarmBurger's mission, here's a blurb from the website:
Farm Burger wants you to think about your burger - what it is and where it's from. Our burgers are made from 100% grassfed beef that is dry-aged for two weeks and ground daily. Our cows are raised on the sweet grasses of the southeast, and never fed antibiotics, hormones, or grain. Our menu is seasonal and sourced from local farms. Our space is convivial and comfortable - because eating is a celebration to be shared. Our food makes ethical eating easy.
The cool thing about FarmBurger is that your burger topping options are nearly endless. From the standards like lettuce, tomato, and pickles, to the sublime...including pickled beets, aged gruyere, and BONE MARROW. It's definitely a cool format and sets up the possibility that every visit to FarmBurger brings a unique burger experience.
For my first visit, I had the No.1. It was a rather vanilla choice, I know, but I wanted to see how they knocked out a rather everyday burger. The No. 1 features caramelized onions, cheddar, and FarmBurger sauce. The burger was great, really juicy, and seasoned well. I don't know what the best burger in the world tastes like, but I know this was a damn fine burger. I also ordered the sweet potato fries. They were okay, slightly soggy, but that seems to be the norm with sweet potato fries. Often, they just don't work.
My lunch companion (The Legend) ordered the No. 6...topped with bacon and fired egg...to which he added on jalapenos and bone marrow. I didn't try this hedonistic burger, but it sure looked fine. See the pic below. We also had some beer battered onion rings that were delicious with smoked paprika mayo dipping sauce. All-in-all, it was a fine lunch and I look forward to a return visit.
The No. 6: w/ House-Cured Bacon, Sunny side up egg, pepperjack, salsa verde, jalapenos and bone marrow. (Photo courtesy of The Legend)