The decor of Burger 21 could best be described as the hipster equivalent of a Five Guys. Its modern, clean and simple with red, black and grey accents and large pictures of happy people and dogs on the walls. They also have a pet friendly patio where they will provide Fido with some water and treats.
The service was very friendly and helpful – when the cashier realized we had never been there before she walked us through the menu and told us a few of her favorites to help us decide. They had people walking the floor helping and asking if they could help at every opportunity – a little unusual to have that level of attention paid to you at a quick service restaurant but it was really nice.
Their menu offers a variety of options from your standard Angus beef burgers to turkey, chicken and seafood burgers. They also have sliders, gourmet hot dogs and chicken tenders. In the sides category they offer fries and sweet potato fries. And in the dessert and drinks category they offer hand dipped milk shakes or a variety of soft drinks, beer or wine.
The Bacon Cheesy
I ordered the small (4.5oz) Bacon Cheesy Burger which comes with applewood smoked bacon and your choice of cheese – I opted for Swiss. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they cooked the burger to order and I could have it medium rare. I was also afraid that getting the small burger meant I was going to get a really flat patty – but it was still thick. The burger came out perfectly cooked with a nice pink center. It was juicy and the bacon was crispy. I think my only complaint – which is to be expected with a juicy burger is that I ended up with a structural bun problem at the end of the burger.
The Ahi Tuna (by Joshua)
I went back and forth on ordering the Ahi Tuna burger. In theory, when you go to a burger joint, you should order a burger. But the concept of an Ahi Tuna burger (and the excitement of the cashier once I mentioned it) interested me a little too much to pass it up. I’m glad I went with it. What you get here is a thick piece of sushi grade tuna, crusted with panko bread crumbs, and topped with lettuce, tomato, Sriracha sauce (a personal favorite), caramel soy, avocado, and pickled cucumbers. The tuna is seared on the outside, but nice and rare on the inside. It was a delicious “burger” that I will have a hard time not ordering on a return trip.
Fries & Sauce Bar
The fries weren’t anything special – just your basic fried potato. To be fair I think that’s by design because i’m pretty sure the fries are just designed to be a vehicle for the many sauces available at the sauce bar. Where you’re encouraged to B Saucey (I love a good pun). We tried out the Toasted Marshmallow and Apple Cider sauces which were as you’d expect on the sweet side – I think they might pair a little better with the sweet potato fried. We also tried out the Chipotle Mayo, Ragin’ cajun’, Barbecue and Thai Ketchup – our favorite was the Chipotle May with the Thai Ketchup a close second.
Chocolate Malted Milk Ball Shake
The shake was thick, creamy and it tasted just like a Whopper. Rich, smooth chocolate that went perfectly with the burgers. It was that perfect thickness – where you can still get it up the straw it just takes a little bit of work.