As I have begun working on a newer part of town, I have had to find some new places to eat. I had been hearing a lot of things about the Bunsen Burger hamburger joint, and being in the mood for a good burger, I decided to go check them out.
Their theme is that they are kind of like a place to experiment with burgers. I thought that this would fit my personality a lot because of the ways that I experiment with my burgers at Order Up. When I got there, I was a little disappointed to find that they don’t provide that level of experimentation. I decided to order the Stehling Experiment which is a hamburger with beans, Fritos, cheddar cheese, and homemade pico de gallo. I also heard great things about their tempura battered fries, so I got some sweet potato fries and my friends got some standard fries.
The fries were good; in fact, I would say that the fries are worth trying this place alone. I have never had tempura battered fries, but the batter gives them a pretty good crunch without being very greasy at all. I will say that you are better off ordering the regular fries as they are far superior to the sweet potato fries (the regular ones are denser and have a nice salty flavor).
The hamburger left something to be desired. The bun was kind of dried out and had a funky taste to it (I don’t know if this was due to the funky dark sesame seeds or not) and the patty was also dried out. The beans could have used some salt, and the pico de gallo wasn’t that spicy at all. The burger was not an experiment that went wrong, but more like one that just didn’t live up to its expectations.
Value: 7/10 ($10 for burger and fries (sans drink) is pretty expensive; I will note that their website does show a burger, fries, and ice tea for $6.95 so they appear to be more reasonable now.)
Atmosphere: 9.0/10 (Kudos to a fun laboratory atmosphere complete with a TV showing old Sci-Fi movies and even a geocache hidden somewhere in the restaurant)
Service: 9/10 (Good service and fairly prompt.)
Taste: 7/10 (The tempura battered fries really raise the rating from what it probably should be; the burger is average at best.)
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