While burger places in the area have come (BGR: The Burger Joint) and gone (Crossfire), Fresh Grill quietly opened this past summer and perhaps offers the best patties yet.
We arrived in time for their Happy Hour, which runs from 5 to 7pm. Appetizers were half off as long as you purchased a beverage, which themselves were offered at a 25% discount. We started the evening off with an order of “Mini Me” grilled chicken sliders as well as a couple of bottles of Dogfish and UFO.
Fresh Grill already gets some points in our book for offering some excellent microbrew selections, and for $4 per bottle during Happy Hour, I dare you to find a better deal for some 60 Minute IPA.
Back to business, the real reason we were here was evident: the burgers. Fresh Grill offers plenty of pre-constructed options that start at $9.95, or one can build their own burger for $7.95. All preparations come standard with lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, and a side of their house-made chips.
I was debating between the Dragon’s Breath (pepper jack cheese, red onions, charred jalapeno peppers, fire sauce, coleslaw) and The Hangover (sunny side up egg, cheddar, and bacon… very similar to the Gus Burger at The White Spot in Charlottesville), but decided to keep it simple and ultimately went with The Classic.
The burger featured applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese, but I also added sautéed onions as well (one of several toppings that can be added for an additional dollar or two). I also asked to exclude the mayo (I’ve just never liked mayonnaise on burgers, ever) as well as to have it cooked medium.
The order was complete in no more than ten minutes when I picked up my plate and noticed a steak knife punctured right in the middle of a beautifully stacked patty. Crafty presentation, I have to admit.
I placed the top half of the bun on the burger and took my first bite. My word was it delicious! The half pound of cooked Angus beef was incredibly juicy while the mixture of the bacon, cheddar, and onions made me not wanting to put it down. I could’ve devoured it without any toppings whatsoever just because I was so impressed with the quality of the meat itself.
Now, Rachel has never herself been a burger fan. Many times when we go out, she will opt for a veggie or turkey burger, or even a hot dog. Growing up, she just never really enjoyed the taste of hamburger meat. However, she also felt this way about many different vegetables and types of fish that she now loves, and even prefers most nights.
So, when going to an establishment that prides itself on quality hamburgers, she decided to take the plunge and actually get a burger, instead of their “world famous chicken sandwich” or “world famous fish sandwich”, or even their special veggie burger of the month.
She decided on the Domo Burger, which had a soy sauce glaze, topped with caramelized onions and portabella mushrooms. And I think it’s safe to say, Rachel enjoyed her burger.
The only trouble is, Fresh Grill may have set the bar fairly high for other burgers to come, but we have no problem heading back there very soon to try a different kind.