So anyway I figured I ought to go with a burger in a burger joint right? So I ordered the Bru burger ($11) which sounded interesting—a beef burger with Taleggio cheese, bacon, tomato jam, braised onion and mayo (normally comes with lettuce but I asked for it without). I also appreciated that they asked me how I wanted it cooked (medium rare). I also got a side of onion rings ($3). The burger looked pretty when it was served with a couple of pickles on top—but when I cut it in half to make it easier to eat I quickly saw that it wasn’t medium rare—it was sort of uniformly gray honestly. And while my normal toppings on a burger are more minimal, I went with this because it seemed like it was sort of their specialty—and it was too much stuff for me. As soon as it was served the very thin bottom bun was already soaked through with the juice from the tomatoes and onions. The bacon was fairly plentiful but was completely soft as well and didn’t have a lot of flavor. I am not sure really how to describe the whole thing other than to say it was just was a little mushy and didn’t have a lot of the distinctive flavor I was expecting from the ingredients. I wanted crispy, salty bacon and stinky Taleggio and neither of them were particularly distinctive. The flavor of the tomato jam and the onions wasn’t bad, but I have a feeling they may have been a leading contributor to the sogginess problem.There was redemption with the onion rings though—they were really good. They were large and tempura beer battered and nice and crisp and hot. You could taste the beer in the batter and that is my favorite way to taste beer—in beer batter. They were also served with house made ketchup that was good with them—a little thicker than your average ketchup and not so sugary tasting. It went well with the rings.
So, after I ate here, I asked around on twitter about what people like at Bru (after several of you had recommended it again) and I found it interesting that more than half of the people were recommending the non-beef burgers (veggie, tuna, turkey). So maybe their strength lies in other kinds of burgers, or maybe it was just an off day, but I don’t think I would be rushing back for another beef burger. To be fair, they are thick burgers, which generally aren’t my favorite anyway, but I can appreciate a good one when I have one. So tell me if you haven’t already, what do you think of this place and what do you like there? I always give a place another chance (well, almost always). And those onion rings were pretty tasty. On the other hand, a bill for nearly $18 for a burger, rings and a soda is a little steep for lunch when the burger didn’t knock me out. So let me know what you think.
Bru Burger Bar
410 Massachusetts Avenue