67 burger – the 67 burger

It took me a bit to get out to 67 Burger. I’ve been reading a lot about them and it’s been on my list for some time now. Last weekend, I planned a trip to Brooklyn and having 67 Burger for lunch was perfect since it was walking distance to the NY Transit Museum.

Their menu features several different burger combinations, though you can always customize it with the large selection of toppings. In addition to a beef patty, they offer other protein options such as turkey, chicken, veggie (soy based), and tofu. Certainly a fan of this place offering a tofu option.

Of course, since this was my first burger here, I went for The 67 Burger with beef. Served on a toasted sesame seeded bun, the 67 Burger is made up of a daily ground, grass-fed, all natural beef patty topped with creamy blue cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles. The bacon was plentiful and crisp. The cheese was sharp and served as a nice “sauce” compared to regular crumbled blue. They gave you the right amount of red onions, as some places give you too much that they overwhelm your palate. The toasted bun held up to the large burger. The meat, however, was its downfall. I ordered it medium-rare. It was cooked to about that temperature, though I don’t think the grill was hot enough when the burger hit it. After a few bites, half the burger crumbled apart and fell onto the plate. I don’t discriminate against messy burgers, but the meat should somewhat stay intact during consumption. My friend ordered a 67 Burger, too, except rare. His came out a couple minutes after mine and was cooked to medium. His did not appear to fall apart. Perhaps the plates were switched?

In addition to the burger, a friend and I split an order of fries and onion rings. Both were pretty good, though I was partial to the onion rings. They were done perfectly.

After all that I’ve heard, I really, really wanted to like this burger. That crumbling patty was definitely a let down. I believe that this was purely just an off day. I’ll be back to give it another shot sometime.

67 Burger
67 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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two8two burger – two8two burger

Another stop on my Brooklyn trip last week was two8two Burger in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. I came across this place when I was looking for a restaurant that had burgers and craft beer which was pretty close to my friend’s apartment.

The menu offers seven different kinds of burgers, including a turkey and veggie option. Being my first time there, I went for the burger at the top of the list, the two8two Burger. The two8two Burger comes topped with cheddar, roasted poblano peppers, two8two sauce, lettuce, tomato, and red onions and is served on a potato roll.

I asked for it medium rare, though I was not asked how I wanted it cooked. Perhaps, they cook all their burgers to medium? The burger was messy, as the patty even broke apart during consumption. Despite that, the flavors were good and I enjoyed it. As much as I like burgers on artisanal bread or brioche buns, I think it’s great that two8two decided to but their burgers on potato rolls.

Beer-wise, they’ve got 8 taps of craft beer. Not bad at all. The wait staff should get used to the types of beer being served though, as the waiter gave my friend a weird look when he said he wanted the “weiss” beer.

Thanks for the dining company, Christian and Meg!

two8two Burger
282 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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five leaves – five leaves burger

Last week I met up with a friend for lunch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at Five Leaves. Her suggestion was not just for the close location to her apartment (she had lots to do), but more because she thought this burger was worth me trying.

The menu offers two burgers, though I opted for their signature burger, the Five Leaves Burger, also the one that Amy recommended. She also got the same. The order was two Five Leaves Burgers, medium rare, with truffle fries. Yup, you read that correctly. These burgers have the option of coming with truffle fries!

The Five Leaves Burger consists of a grass-fed beef patty, a fried pineapple ring, house pickled beet, harissa mayo, and an organic sunny side up egg. I added sharp cheddar to the burger.

Oh, it certainly was worth me trying. The beef was cooked to perfection. Each bite was juicy and had a balance of sweet and savory. I never would have thought to put a pineapple on a burger, but it totally works here. I’m not entirely sure if the beet affected anything, but it didn’t bother me. I patted myself on the back for the addition of the sharp cheddar. This was the tastiest cheddar I’ve ever had on a burger. Every bite had a taste of the melted sharp cheddar. The egg was also nice and runny, the way it should be on a burger. The truffle fries that accompanied the burger were delicious as well!

I would very much like to come back to Five Leaves again in the future (Amy are you reading this??). The Five Leaves Burger is definitely one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

Go out and try it!

Five Leaves
18 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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peter pan donut & pastry shop

One morning in Brooklyn I made the trip up to Greenpoint to visit Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop. The decision to come here that morning was made easy due to several recommendations from others.

Not having the largest appetite that morning, I ordered two donuts, one red velvet and one honey dip. The honey dip was similar to a glazed donut and the red velvet was a cake donut. Both were tasty and in addition to my iced coffee, it started my day off on the right foot.

red velvet and honey dip donuts

I wish I took note of what others have told me. I’m pretty sure there was something special here besides the donuts that I should have tried. Oh well, there’s always next time.

Ever have these donuts? What do you think?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
727 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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fette sau

After a small batch tour and several beers at the Brooklyn Brewery, I went over to Fette Sau for a super indulgent, but downright delicious dinner.

Fette Sau is one of those BBQ joints where you order your food by the pound. Fueled by lots of Brooklyn beer, I chose well for my party of four. We got pork belly, sausage, beef brisket, boneless ribs, a side of German potato salad, and a side of burnt end baked beans.

This dinner was fantastic. Everything was delicious but the standouts were definitely the pork belly and the baked beans. The pork belly was tender, juicy, and served in slices about a 1/4″ thick! The burnt end baked beans were easily the best baked beans I’ve ever had. It’s honestly just one of those things that you’re just going to have to try to believe me.

You can also order beer in large quantities too. We had one gallon (yup, a gallon) of Sixpoint Vienna Pale to wash everything down.

I did absolutely nothing after dinner because the deep, deep food coma I was in but oh, was it worth it though. Definitely looking forward to coming back!

Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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