I tried my first Bareburger this weekend. What’s Bareburger? It’s a hamburger franchise specializing in organic and pasture-raised meat. There’s a new outlet in Ridgefield, and one coming soon in Stamford. What did I think of the burger? Well, I applaud the use of organic produce and grass-fed beef, and it’s fun that they also offer bison and elk burgers. And the place is cute, with rustic, reclaimed wood and beams. It had the vibe of one of those instantly popular, embraced by the community, sort of places. Bareburger was doing brisk business on a Saturday afternoon.
The menu offers a surfeit of choices — type of meat or veggie burger, bun (brioche, multi-grain, lettuce wrap, or gluten-free tapico rice bun), cheeses, and toppings. So many that it seemed overwhelming. So instead of making a whole bunch of choices, I had the California burger (avocado, lettuce, tomato, pepper relish)with a beef patty.
The burger was really big. And it wasn’t easy to eat. The tomatoes, onion and burger started sliding out when cut it in half, picked it up and bit into it. Ah, so that’s why they serve it with a fork and steak knife. I looked around to see how other people were tackling their burgers. It wasn’t just women who were resorting to fork and knife, men and kids were too. And therein, lies the problem. I want to pick up my burger, bite into it and get a taste of the whole, meat, cheese, toppings, bun. I didn’t enjoy having a bite of some meat and some bread, and gathering up pieces of onion and tomato from the plate and try to join them back with the burger. I don’t want to struggle with my burger!