Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Burger Challenge: Passport Foodie vs Half Moon Restaurant & Saloon

Up First: Half Moon Restaurant & Saloon Kennett Square, PA
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I have been immersed in a life altering Hamburger obsession for the better part of two months. It has consumed my daily life and added to my waistline. A few weeks ago I was watching The Travel Channel and they had a Burger special. Yummy! It featured a Restaurant in my backyard, The Half Moon Restaurant and Saloon in Kennett Square, PA. On the program they were touting their unique Hamburgers made from such animals as Elk, Buffalo, Antelope, Kangaroo and many more. This intrigued me as I happened to be thinking of nothing else but tasty Burgers. A few days later I drove the exhausting five miles to Kennett Square and had a chance to try out this now famous, local restaurant.

Upon entering The Half Moon I was struck by the incredibly pungent smell of Bleach and Animal Fat. The downstairs is dark and reminds me of the Hemingway story, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place. Except that this was not so clean and not so well lit. Hmmm... that is perhaps my most incoherent sentence yet. But no matter. I was happy to notice a stairway leading upstairs to a rooftop dining area. Bingo! It is a lovely, shaded escape, high above Kennett Square. A place I thought I'd come back to even if the Burgers were crap.

We started with the Melted Gorgonzola-Jack Fries with BBQ Sauce. The Fries were cooked well, with very little moisture left in them. The skins were left on and were nice and crispy. The Gorgonzola and Jack Cheeses must have been poured on with a dump truck, because it was overflowing with Cheesy goodness. The Fries were very nice. The Burgers came up quickly after we finished the Fries. My Antelope Burger looked a wee bit small to me and the Bun looked like I could break a tooth on it. Far from the Brioche buns I have come to love with Burgers.

It was not the appearance that was the stunning factor in this meal, it was the poor quality of the Burger which, even as I sit here I can't believe. The Antelope itself was actually very tasty and with some effort would have made a delicious Burger. However, this thing I was eating was not tasty in the slightest. It was rough, tasteless and begged for seasoning, less time on the grill and butter basting prior to serving. I noticed on the menu that there were several additions one could order if they chose to do so. They included: various Cheeses, Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Avocado Salsa and Bacon. Wait, I have to pay extra to make my Burger taste good? As my wife would say, "One was not amused." And to add insult to injury, the Burger was accompanied by a limp Pickle Slice and Potato Chips. Which, oddly enough were actually pretty tasty and seemed to be handmade. But I expected more of a $10 Burger.

I left wishing I hadn't eaten at all. And that's not a feeling I enjoy. So, I decided to spend some time in the Passport Foodie Kitchen and make my World Famous, ok, Not So World Famous, but still delicious, Gourmet Burger. I posted the recipe a while ago here.

All I can say, and I will try to say this without sounding like I'm tooting my own horn, is GOOD LORD, this is what a Burger should taste like. I made Fries cooked in Peanut Oil and they didn't even need to be double, or triple cooked. The Burger was juicy, flavorful and intensely, erotically, delicious. The Fries were equally good and could stand up by themselves if one wanted them as a meal. I hope that my Burger obsession is over for a while, because this is not a light meal. But, it is an immensely mouthwatering meal that deserves to be made by any and all Foodies.

Next Up: Passport Foodie's Gourmet Burger For People Who Know
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14 comments:

  1. I saw that episode of burger paradise last week too. I thought the idea was interesting but it's sad to hear that it's not as good as TV made it to be.

    At least the fries were pretty good? Haha

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  2. Sean,

    It was a shame. It's a good concept, just needed a little more tastiness and love in the kitchen.

    Taylor

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  3. Hi there, I'm officially fun of yours, as much as I am of burgers :) Gonna try out your recipe :)

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  4. Anna,

    Thank you very much!

    Let me know how the Burgers turn out.

    Taylor

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  5. You are unfortunately right on the money with the smell of Bleach and Animal Fat. HAHA

    And, all I can think of now as I look these "eroticaly delicious" pics of your Burger and fries, is Chris Farley as the Gap Girl yelling at David Spade,"GIVE ME THOSE FRIES!"

    And readers, I can attest to the validity that his Gourmet Burger blows any other burger away including the Antelope!

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  6. I love this post. It sounds exactly like my boyfriend. And his burgers(well most everything he cooks) are much better than any restaurants!
    Thank you!

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  7. Hi again! The recipe is perfect, even though I didn't have the truffle salt :) but the dried tomatoes - great idea! Have you tried to add diced pickles or sour cucumbers (Poland's favourite ;)?
    Cheers!
    Anna

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  8. I recently took part in a burger bun tasting and brioche came out as a winner for us. Too many places in London use ciabatta burger buns which I find horrible.

    Nothing better than a juicy burger, cooked to medium, with a side of fries. Delicious1

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  9. Lizzie,

    I completely agree. Nothing makes a burger like Brioche. I wish restaurants would catch on and stop feeding us hard, stale crap.

    Taylor

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  10. Anna,

    Hi!

    I'm so glad that you liked it.

    The Polish twist sounds fabulous. I'll give it a try.

    Taylor

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  11. Great Pictures and that burger looks like the sort of thing I crave so much when I am back in the UK. Disagree about the fries, though. Anyone who leaves skin on chips should be shunned like an Amish hooker.

    The blog is looking great and a very interesting read

    Cheers

    Simon

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  12. Simon,

    Thank you, my friend.

    And I completely agree, chippies should be shaved like they're going in for an operation. Shame on the Brits for skin-on chips. It's an aberration.

    Taylor

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  13. You take great photos! I want to lick the screen =)

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  14. Claire,

    Thanks a lot!

    I'm glad my photos make you hungry. That's completely my intention. However, I take no responsibility for any damage you may do to your computer screen though. :)

    Taylor

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