Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bobby’s Burger Palace (Restaurant)

In the Smith Haven Mall lies a popular restaurant owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, Bobby’s Burger Palace.  Obviously, this “not-so fast food” joint is mainly focused on burgers.  It separates itself from other fast food establishments because everything seems to be and tastes fresh and made to order.
BBP Red or White?  What vintage is that?
Upon entering, you’re met with a relatively simple menu.  The menu has a handful of different tastes of burgers, a few salads and sides, a surprisingly good beer selection, and a questionable choice of wine.   However, there are no veggie-burgers on the menu.  I am not a vegetarian, but my girlfriend is, along with many other Americans these days, it’s a surprise that Bobby Flay will not cater to their tastes as well.
The d├ęcor is nice - simple with the option of table and bar style seating.  You pay upfront but you have a server as well that comes around asking if anything is needed (not your typical burger joint).  Waiting for food seems to take about 10 minutes and the wait staff is friendly. 
The food itself was pretty good and so were the sauces on the carousel on the table.  I had a Bobby Blue Burger (blue cheese, bacon, lettuce) and my girlfriend had a Crunch Salad (white cheddar, chic peas, kidney beans, and tortillas).  The portions were pretty healthy, lots of fries and the salad was large.  The beans and peas made it extremely filling as well.  As for the burger, since it was made to order it was juicy and the bacon was well cooked and not overdone.  In my opinion, I felt like the bun could have been a little bigger.

Overall, it was a good experience.  The bottom line was costly, two meals came out to be over twenty-six dollars; however, you get what you pay for.  My girlfriend and I enjoyed our meal and sitting at the bar allowed us to have a nice conversation with the people sitting next to us.  We were also treated to someone balancing five plates without the help of a tray, what a show.  I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that eat well and has about 45 minutes to spare.