Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My First Time: The Burger Company

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 8/07/2012 1 comment
It shouldn't have taken me this long to eat at The Burger Company for the first time, but lo and behold I finally had lunch there today with a colleague (whom I also hadn't seen in a long time). I actually tried eating there more than a year and a half ago, but the time I went the restaurant was closed (it was a holiday), so I simply drove about another couple hundred yards and went to Pinky's Westside Grill for the first time. There's a nice restaurant row, if you will, developing along this stretch of West Morehead Street, including The Burger Co., Pinky's, Picante Mexican GrillSavor Cafe, and long-timer The Open Kitchen, among others.

Now, back to The Burger Co. We got there at noon and there were at least 30 people in line--this is clearly a popular burger joint. You place your order, the cashier gives you a number, you have a seat, and a server brings the food to your table (it took less than 10 minutes for our food to come).

It's a fairly large menu, which reminds you that "We grind our meat fresh daily." I ordered one of the stuffed burgers, in which the patty is stuffed with cheddar cheese, choosing the BC Burger ($6.50), topped with chili, diced onions (I told them hold the onions), and coleslaw. I ordered the sweet potato tater tots ($3) as my side. And I ordered a soft drink, which is self-serve, and when I went to fix it I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was Cheerwine in the fountain. I drank entirely too much Cheerwine as a kid growing up in South Carolina. But there aren't enough Charlotte restaurants serving it, considering that the nearly 100-year-old soft drink continues to be produced by Carolina Beverage Corporation in nearby Salisbury.

So, I was sipping on some Cheerwine (sip, sipping on some, sip, sipping on some Cheerwine--ode to Three Six Mafia), then my food arrived. It was a mountain of tater tots in the basket, and they were tasty and piping hot. The burger was as fresh as you would expect from a place that grinds its own beef and uses homemade ingredients. The patty was juicy and tender, but it wasn't as flavorful as I would've liked. The chili and slaw on top, and the soft bun made up for it though. So, yeah, I was licking my fingers.

I plan to make return visits soon because I want to try the Freemore stuffed burger and the meatloaf burger, in particular, as well as the fried pickles. Plus, The Burger Co. has an intriguing way of serving milkshakes. It's self-serve in which you select a small carton of ice cream of the flavor of your choice, and combine it with a couple of other things and place into a machine.

The Burger Company, 1500 W. Morehead St., Ste. C, 704-332-7333, theburgercompany.com. A second location is scheduled to open soon at 200-A W. Woodlawn Rd.

1 comment :

  1. That place is hands down the best burger in the city!


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