Eats on the Street- Burgers and Brew

Posted on June 20, 2011 – 4:58 AM | by Admin
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Any confusion about the concept here?
To be absolutely correct, I suppose they could have added “And More” but the name as it is accurately tells the tale. This may be the best burger in town. And a beer lover’s paradise to boot.
First the burger. Except for the Double Cheeseburger (at one pound, the champ in the heavyweight division), most are light heavyweight contenders, tipping the scales at a fit one-half pound. But what gives these burgers their added pedigree is that they all hail from Niman Ranch, which means they contain no antibiotics nor hormones and they’re fed all natural vegetarian feed.

The buns are baked fresh daily by the Village Bakery in Davis. They’re toasted and have just the right amount of chewiness, unlike those dustbusters you find at DQ or Jack. In this writer’s opinion, one critical, but underappreciated factor in a great burger is the burger to bun ratio. I’m sure Stephen Hawking would be better suited to give you the formula, but we think Burgers and Brew have hit upon the right balance.

Though the menu features over a dozen burgers, including, buffalo, lamb, Portobello, garden and tofu, (most under 9 bucks) let’s focus on the spicy guacamole cheeseburger. All the burgers come on a sesame bun, with the standard lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles, but the spicy guac, the house favorite, is topped with homemade spicy guacamole and pepper jack cheese. Order it medium rare and plan on increasing your napkin allotment.
The 1/8 inch cut fries, and there are a boatload, are cooked in corn oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. The industrial strength garlic fries are tossed in olive oil and blended with roasted garlic. Date night consumption is ill advised.

The specialties side of the menu includes a BLT, grilled chicken, hot dogs, fish and chips and their Philly Cheese Steak. Unlike those gray-meat leather specials you encounter too often, B & B’s Philly is a flavorful chopped skirt steak that is marinated for one or two days and topped with grilled red bell peppers, mushrooms, onions with a melt of provolone.

To wash it all down, count on 75 to 80 mostly Belgian bottled beers to choose from, as well as 12 taps pouring product from a number of craft beer breweries. –SLR

Burgers and Brew 1409 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811-6672 (916) 442-0900

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