Thursday, May 21, 2015
Very rarely am I smitten by a burger joint. In the last few years there have only been a few that really got me excited. And offhand, I can only name one; Patty and Bun in London. I know there are more and if I cared to take the time and reread my past blog posts I could list more, but that's not the point. The point is, that there are very few places making truly excellent burgers. There are lots that pretend to be brilliant, but few that deliver. With a dish that is so easy to make amazing, it often boggles my mind that there are so few, but that's the state we're in.
On a recent trip to Tampa I stumbled across Burger Culture. And I was absolutely blown away. It's not the most beautiful restaurant in the world. Actually, it's not a restaurant at all, but a food truck. Located in a Harley Davidson parking lot off of busy N. Dale Mabry Highway, Burger Culture is miles away from fine dining. In fact, when I went, there was a landscaping crew in the parking lot blowing dirt, leaves and debris everywhere. Luckily, it wasn't long until they found other areas to clean and we were left in relative peace. Except for the sound of their incredibly loud blowers.
In the truck there is one lone cook, whipping up some of the best and most original burgers this foodie has ever had. For instance, the Avo Burger Wrap: Avocado Mash, Red Onion, Swiss Cheese and Cilantro Lime Sauce, all wrapped up neatly in a Pita. The other Burgers I tried were all equally as tasty, with the Black and Blue flying miles ahead of just about any other burger out there. And the Fries were as good as one could possibly make Fries without using fancy Potatoes and triple cooking them before adding a dash of Truffle Salt. Nothing beats that combo!
Well done to the folks at Culture Burger. You've created an excellent product. I wish you were in England. I would get clinically obese on your Burgers. They are very yummy, indeed.
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