1st Annual Octobërgerfest - Burger Diaries Day 1
For Day 1 of our inaugural Octobërgerfest, we decided to go with a previously tried and true favorite, Black & Orange (formerly The Rogue States).
Setting favorable bias aside for the task at hand, Cory, Corey, and myself ordered a respectable selection of their menu items.
**Check out our inaugural post to get a run-down of the Octobërgerfest manifesto and rating system**
Cory - 1/4 lb "Pardon My French" served in lettuce (NO BUN!), tomato, pickle, side of fries
Corey - 1/4 lb "The Rogue State" on a brioche bun, w/ lettuce, tomato, pickle, American cheese, side of fries
Victor - 1/4 lb "No Burger No Cry" on a brioche bun w/ lettuce, tomato, grilled red onion, Provolone cheese, side of onion rings
Objectively speaking, Black & Orange makes a darn good burger. Plenty of grilled char on the outside, and juicy meatiness on the inside. In terms of doneness, Black & Orange gives you a conveniently simplified option of "pink" or "no pink". Our burgers were accurately prepared and didn't disappoint. The bun is a gleaming brioche.. toasted, buttery, yet pliable enough to compliment the curvature of a burger patty and a heap of toppings.
The flavor of my burger was racy and had plenty of zip, exactly what I expect from a jerk spice preparation. Toppings were fairly standard, if a little boring, but reinventing the wheel isn't absolutely necessary in this department. Presentation-wise, it'd be great if they could serve a dine-in burger in a basket with wax-paper or something. It would cut down on waste and the foil wrapper seems like more of a to-go thing. Also, the beverage cups still say "Rogue States" on them.. not a big deal, but doesn't help their brand. Definitely have to give them an edge for the beer-battered onion rings, which were crisp, savory, and had a remarkably light, oniony sweetness. And, being a fan of mayonnaise in all its forms, I definitely appreciated the offering of several (4 kinds to be exact), specifically the Old Bay, and wasabi variations. Plus, we all pretty much unanimously agreed their potato sticks (french fries) were tops.
Taste - 9/10
Presentation - 3/5
Originality - 5/5
Wildcard - 5
TOTAL - 22/25
"Overall I had a positive experience at black and orange. I cannot eat gluten, therefore it makes me happy when a place has established policies and procedures for people with food issues: In this case, the lettuce bun. It was offered without me having to explain why I can’t have a bun, and without the cashier batting an eyelash.." Pro-tip for all the west-coasters.. a 'lettuce bun' is also known as "Protein Style" in common In 'N Out parlance!
Taste – 7/10
Presentation – 5/5
Originality – 3/5
Wildcard – "5 points for fries, but -2 points for service because the girl was a little slow on the take and could not figure out how much my burger cost without a calculator, it reminded me of being at a garage sale, but 3 points for the lettuce bun. So I think that makes 5."
TOTAL - 20 / 25
Taste – 9/10
Presentation – 4/5
Originality – 3/5
Wildcard – "3 points (they had Runts) they also offered ketchup at every table"
TOTAL - 19 / 25
All in all a pretty successful first outing. Where to tomorrow? Tune into Burger Diaries Day 2.