Thursday, February 6, 2014

BurgerFi: Not So Fast Food

Not sure what took me so long to get to BurgerFi, the newest addition to the neighborhood that features a Breakfast All Day Burger (burger, cheese, bacon drizzled with maple syrup, fried egg, hash browns, grilled diced onions, and ketchup), but better late then never. 

Located across the street from Wholefoods, BurgerFi is nestled between Washington Sports Club and the Courtyard Marriott.

Founded in 2010, BurgerFi started with 2 stores in Florida and has quickly expanded throughout the country. Their concept is simple - they focus on all-natural, free range beef while conserving energy and recycling.  Silver Spring Green would be proud of this new addition to our neighborhood:
”Each BurgerFi® store is built according to environmentally sustainable best practices, and includes earth-friendly elements, like chairs that are made from recycled Coke bottles, tables made out of compressed recycled wood, and large fans that use 66% less electricity. BurgerFi® maintains a low carbon footprint, and maintains strict recycling programs for oil, cardboard, bottles and cans.”
 Great lighting fixture over the communal table

Their menu is more than just burgers. It includes hot dogs (there’s a Kobe beef dog on the list), custards (red velvet, please), floats, sundaes, beer, and wine. If you’re coming from the gym next door, you can order the Hippie Burger (quinoa burgers) or a hotdog in lettuce instead of buns. There’s a Coca Cola Freestyle machine with various flavors to mix and match as you please. Or you can go sans-high fructose and opt for the bottled Mexican coke with real cane sugar.

The two of us each ordered the BurgerFi cheeseburger made up of an Angus burger, double American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and BurgerFi sauce and we split an order of the very generous Urban Fries from “the Secret Menu” which were parmesan and herb fries topped with garlic aioli (regular size was enough for both of us), and a Dog Fish IPA 60 minutes. I inquired about the BurgerFi sauce and they said it was a mayo based sauce with special ingredients. They’re not telling and it was delicious. The Secret Menu, not displayed on the menu behind the register but can be found on their website, features additional burgers such as the ½ + ½ burger, (half angus burger, half quinoa burger) and fries to include both extra crispy and extra limp fries.

We found the burgers to be slightly overcooked. We were told we can’t choose our temperature because corporate wants them all cooked the same way, according to one of the employees. It was still a tasty burger nonetheless. We didn’t order the onion rings but the table next to us did and they looked to be a huge serving. I’m coming back for the custard on my next trip.

Giant onion rings. Photo by SPI Flip Flop Foodie on Urbanspoon

Happy to have a much needed burger spot in Downtown Silver Spring, the restaurant and its employees made a good first impression. With a good size patio, beer on tap, and wine, upbeat music (but not obnoxious), I can see them being slammed all summer long. 

8504 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD  

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