If you operate a downtown eatery you just about have to serve a good burger. There are plenty to choose from in our fair city, but LoDa Biergarten has some of the best. Their impressive list of designer burgers just got better with the introduction of three new profiles that border on the exotic.
A half-pound burger with certified organic grass fed beef from White Oak Pastures is perhaps the least adventurous of the three, but should not be ignored. This beauty comes topped with goat cheese, fried shallots, and fig/ginger preserves.
If you have never tried bison, Loda will be happy for your first experience to be within their walls. A half-pound of Colorado bison is topped with apple butter, their wonderful slab bacon, and not one but two types of mushrooms: shiitake and Portobello. The beer-battered shallots and smoked Gouda cheese will leave you in awe.
Of all the red meat choices for burgers my favorite is wapiti. That’s elk for those of you who don’t hunt north of here. The elk in this burger comes from farm-raised creatures and the patty is topped with pickled root vegetables, Creole dijonnaise and provolone.
That’s pretty high cotton whoever you are. Here is the catch. These high-end burgers are only offered Thursday through Sunday and fetch an over $15 price tag, but burger lovers can’t ignore what all is going on here. Jump on the burger train and let LoDa Biergarten fill you up. I am yet to try the monster burger they call The Defibrillator. Let the name calling begin. If you take that one down you are more of a man than I’ll ever be.
Benjamin’s announces end of days on social media
“It is with the heaviest of hearts … ” began the Facebook post. Fans of Benjamin’s will be disappointed that a date has been set for the final meal March 2. The burger personalities, or “burgas” as they prefer to be called, are alongside eclectic items like meatloaf cupcakes and other odd but tasty options. The post went on to say “This is not an end but more of a hiatus,” leading one to believe a change of scenery may be on the horizon. Until then, fans are urged to chase down the “Burga Caboose” food truck associated with this restaurant.
Time is running out to see what these guys are about, but check them out on social media to make sure they are open as hours have become a little erratic. That’s also the best way to find the location of the caboose.
Joe’s Soul Kitchen latest meals on wheels
The city is inundated with food trucks this time of year, but now Mardi Gras is over we are back to our “locals only” mobile diners. Joining the ranks is Joe’s Soul Kitchen.
You may have seen him about town over the past few weeks, but the normal spot for this traveling eatery is at the corner of Old Shell and Florida across from Butch Cassidy’s and Old Dutch in the former gas station parking lot.
Red beans and rice, jambalaya, wings, burgers, pulled pork, and mac and cheese are mainstays, but there are daily specials that let you know what soul food really is. Pork chop Mondays, fried chicken with gravy Tuesdays, Hump Day meatloaf, wings and limas with dirty rice on Thursdays and Fridays with barbecue ribs. It’s a lunch-only spot and closed on the weekends, but you usually see them open after school hours. For delivery over $30, Joe will bring the food to you. Give him a call at 251-401-7809.
Fish sandwiches appearing again
The commercials are airing again. It’s a battle during Lent to see who has the greatest fish sandwich of all the fast food restaurants on the scene. Of course the main category is simply which is the best meal, but there are other things to consider.
Calories could be a factor, which makes me wonder why there aren’t any grilled fish sandwiches. Cost is another. You may spend a few bucks for a highfalutin Arby’s or Wendy’s masterpiece, but someone may prefer the lesser expense for a square fish Checker’s sandwich.
Whatever your preference, we should have a winner in each category.
I’m surprised every fast food chain isn’t required to have fish tacos by now. That craze is still going on. Until that day, let’s focus on fish sandwiches from fast food eateries. What are your favorites? The list to choose from grows every year. I am always looking for a new one. Shoot me an email.
Foley’s BBQ and Blues Cook-off needs teams
Heritage Park in Foley is scheduled to come alive on March 21 with their annual BBQ and Blues Cook-off. Teams interested could take home the prizes in Best Q, Best sauce, and Anything Butt, all while listening to blues music from our area. Individuals and companies are welcomed to enter and the gated/ticketed event raises funds for the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on this event call 251-943-5550 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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