Burgers and beers have been a staple in KC since the dawn of time…
Or something like that. And in recent years as burger-meisters have become emboldened the competition has errupted into citywide, full scale Burger Wars. One serious contender in this ongoing struggle is BRGR.
Area diners have been chowing down at fast, casual restaurants like Smash Burger or Five Guys, dining at Nick and Jake’s for a great burger, or merely buying the ground chuck and making their own.
Enter BRGR at Corinth Square in Prairie Village.
The new badass boasts 41 different beers…in CANS. That’s right cans, as well as many on tap.
There’s even a gluten free beer on the menu for those who get a little freaky about their wheat allergies, real or imagined. The way things are going, we’ll probably have a gluten free restaurant right next to a free clinic for hypochondriacs.
BRGR also has a nice, affordable wine list that’s broken down not by red or white but by price.
Bottle prices range from $22.00 to $38.00 with glasses between $6.00 and $10.00, which makes ordering wine practically dummy proof. Unless you’re still a white zin drinking dummy.
BRGR is literally an amusement park for adults and their appetites.
The dining area is warm and cozy and the bar looks a tad small but gives the restaurant a gastro pub feel.
We were seated and quickly greeted by our waitress on a busy Sunday night. She seemed bored and unenthusiastic about waiting on us but maybe it was just me. I get that kind of reaction from a lot of women.
But she brought us our sodas and answered all our questions – that’s right, sodas.
I had a monster hangover and was hoping a great burger would rectify that.
My friend suggested the Combo as an appetizer which consists of three side items of your choosing. There are tons of choices but we decided to go healthy and selected the sweet potato fries, onion rings, and truffle tater tots.
The sweet potato fries were some of the best I’ve had and the onion rings were pretty good, but the tots barely had a hint of truffle. I think they maybe just waved the truffle oil bottle over the tots and called it a day.
BRGR make its own ketchup and mustard in house and the ketchup is quite good and a little different. You know, compared to Heinz.
Next we ordered our burgers which are all served a’ la carte and weigh in at half a pound.
Unfortunately, since we’d ordered the sides as an appetizer, we didn’t get to enjoy them with the burgers. So don’t make that mistake.
The sides, by the way, are large enough to share, but I wouldn’t recommend that with with the sweet potato fries. They’re too darn good.
I ordered the burger that’s actually named “BRGR”
It comes with had caramelized onions, American cheese, pickles, and mustard on a onion bun and was cooked perfectly with just the right amount of pink. You know, pink enough inside to taste the full flavor of the meat but not so much that you worry about dropping by the ER afterwards.
It was outstanding!
I was going to take a co-worker’s recommendation and order the Jucy Lucy which is stuffed with cheese but I wasn’t sure how that might try to fight it’s way out of my body so I passed and played it safe.
My friend ordered the Big Hoss which I got to try. It comes with a fried egg up top, maple bacon, Wisconsin cheddar, steak sauce, and onion straws on a corn bun. And on the side a tiny bottle of Tabasco as if it needed yet another ingredient. You know, if it’s not broke why fix it?
The Big Hoss was great just the way it was.
Here’s the deal at BRGR, the food is way more colorful and fun than the service. Not that the service is that bad.
Needless to say, we had zero room for dessert but the next time I’m going to try an adult shake. Anyone ever get a DUI from too much dessert? This shake consists of milk, Guinness, ice cream, whipped cream and sounds ridiculously fun.
As for the burger wars, restaurants like Houlihan’s, Smash Burger, and Blanc better watch their butts cuz this new guy in town is seriously good.