Flaming Grill (this time…with the girls)
Roshamburger liked The Flaming Grill the first time so we decided to give them another visit, this time we took the women with us. There were 6 adults and 1 child. This review is going to be a little different in the way it’s written because each adult is going to write about their own burger experience. I (Mark) will get us started, my Bacon Avocado Sirloin Burger was cooked to perfection, the fries were great and I tried some different beers tonight since they are trying to clear out for some new kegs on the way. My girlfriend had the ‘Sourdough Melt’ and the beer sampler, with a BPA, Shugga, Nut Brown and something crazy called the Hairy Eyeball! The patty melt came with 1/3lb. sirloin, grilled onions & mushrooms and she had them throw on some tomato to boot and upgraded her fries to cheese fries.
The Flaming Grill is a “go to” for RoShamBurger, not because of it’s charming surroundings, or that it’s always good, but because it’s unique. The Flaming Grill offers a variety of meats and toppings that make the menu read more like a list of options and upgrades, rather than a restrictive “I’ll have a #2″. On this adventure to the known (and unknown) my wife and I expanded are burger horizons, sort of by choice. You see, they were out of kobe beef, which is unique in own right. So, Lisa hopped on the kangaroo meat, while I went with the VeLion (more on this in a second). The kangaroo meat was “interesting”. Take that with grain of salt. I personally didn’t care for the strong gamey flavor, but Lisa found it “interesting” and ate what she didn’t share.
Ok, back to VeLion. This is an odd combination of veal, and lion. Apparently, veal is very similar in taste to lion, but acts as a carrier for what I imagine is a rather tough scrap of meat – lion. Surprisingly, this didn’t taste a whole lot different than a sirloin burger. I finished it, but couldn’t get the image of Simba out of my head. Thankfully, I don’t think Velion will ever sweep the nation as the next best burger meat. Lisa and I were both glad we stepped outside of our comfort zones this week, but seem to be craving a traditional burger (or zebra).
Can’t forget the beer at Flaming Grill either. Jose is a beer lover, and shares his passion with everyone. On this night, he was trying to empty his kegs in anticipation of the upcoming Beer Week, and a restocking with 7 types of Deschutes. Unfortunately, this meant Pliny the Elder was tapped out. So, I opted for the Hop Wallop instead. It’s not the best IPA, so I moved on to the Mammoth Epic IPA… much better.
And now it’s my turn to re-review. RoShamBurger’s first trip to The Flaming Grill was not exactly great for me and I was left with a dry taste in my mouth…translation…over cooked burger. It’s safe to say Vanessa and I are the conservative eaters in the group and we stayed true to form by ordering the Bacon cheese burger(someone had to have the control burger) and the bacon avocado burger for my wife. Our two year old son AKA “The RoShammer” had the kids cheeseburger. Our burgers arrived hot, juicy and cooked to perfection. Needless to say, my over cooked first impression was immediately deleted from memory and was replaced with a juicy medium rare one. Vanessa was particularly impressed with the quality and quantity of the freshly sliced avocado placed on the burger as well as the lightly toasted bun. The RoShammer loved his burger and as always gave the fries a two greasy thumbs up.
Our experience at the The Flaming Grill was nothing short of superb. Not only did all 6.5 of us devour our burgers with total satisfaction, but we were also impressed with the chefs ability to cook each burger perfectly. Believe it or not, ordering 3 + medium rare burgers at once has been as elusive to the RoShamBurgers as the endangered VeLion is to the American palate. With that being said, The Flaming Grill is officially a RoShamFavorite!