Monday, April 6, 2015

Z Grille, St. Petersburg: $22 Hamburger

Outside Z-Grill Z-Grill Menu, Tampa Deviled Eggs Guacamole Deviled Egg Z-Grill Foie Gras Burger Foie Gras Burger
I was attracted to Z Grille for one reason, the $22 Burger. I don't generally like restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, the exception being several Mexican restaurants and a handful of Steak/Burger joints. I find the food very, meh, and uninspiring. So when I heard of a $22 Burger in St. Pete I had to try it.

Z Grille has been on my radar for a while now. Every time I search the inter web, Z Grille pops up on at least a few respected websites. The menu is pretty wild, as is the head chef and owner Zack. I went on a Tuesday as their website advertised a $15 Foie Gras Burger, normally $22, only to be told that it was only $15 at dinner. Checking the website right now it doesn't specifically give a time the deal is on, but it does say under their Events Page, "Don't Miss Out and Make it a Night Out With Friends". I guess the key word there is "Night Out." Still, I hate that type of misleading marketing.

Regardless, we were there and both my uncle and I wanted to sink our teeth into, what Z Grille touts as, "The Best Burger in The World." Seriously, that's what they say on their website. First up was some very creative Deviled Eggs. I'm not normally a fan of Deviled Eggs, but I did really enjoy the Avocado, Bacon and JalapeƱo one. Although all three were given a heavy treatment of Garlic, that left me not being able to taste much else for the rest of the day.

Next up, the main attraction. The most expensive Burger I have ever tried and, apparently, "The Best Burger in The World." The Foie Gras and Steak Burger with a Half-Pound of House-Ground Ribeye and Brisket, with Grilled Onions, Nueske Bacon, La Belle Farms Foie Gras, Roasted Garlic Tomatoes, Mayo and all served between a Brioche Bun with Truffle Fries piled on the side.

I'm sure the only question you're asking yourself is, "was it the World's best burger?" No, of course not. If it was we'd all have heard about it a long time ago and it wouldn't have taken me so long to try it. But, I did really enjoy it. I thought the meat was delicious, the bun was perfect and everything went together extremely well. But, it was a monster of a Burger and if you're going to have Foie Gras on a Burger that's a half-pound, I think it could do without the Bacon. If you have to have Bacon, I think all that fat needs to be offset by something fresh and acidic like Kimchi, or Slaw. It was just way too much Burger for this foodie.

However, I'm glad I tried it. It's not everyday you get to taste a $22 Burger. If you want to try it, go at night when it's $15 and make sure you have something fresh with it, or you'll be stuck in a coma on your sofa for the rest of the day like I was.

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