I guess Burger Fi's name is an homage to the military, the US Marines motto being Semper Fi, an abbreviation of the latin Semper Fidelis that means Always Loyal. In this case, it would be loyalty for burgers, that I have no problem to have! Each time I eat a burger, I think about how, many years ago, before meeting Jodi and before the burger craze started, I thought that the quarter pounder from McDonald's was the best...Today, there are so many chains and restaurants that elevate the burger to something else than just fast food: Burger Fi is one of them. Yes, it is a chain with many locations in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee...And New York, where we went on a Saturday, before twelve and the place was not yet full. Yes, it got crowded few minutes after.
Decor wise, there are couple of things that I noticed. First, the wood on the walls that reflects the commitment of Burger Fi to serve natural ingredients and beef raised without antibiotics or hormones, as well as the two wooden communal tables. Then, if you look on the left of the counter, you will see some bottles of wine on the wall: they serve wine by the glass or bottle, as well as craft beers. I did not go for any of these, but rather for a banana milkshake, a flavor I did not see in a while and that I love. When ordering it, you get to chose the base: vanilla or chocolate. I went for vanilla.
It was sublime: thick and flavorful. Jodi even said that it was the best milkshake she ever had! Now, that's a statement!
Then we got our burgers. Know that at Burger Fi, you do not wait for your order at the counter or get a number: you get a buzzer.
Instead of building our own burgers, we went for their menu items. Jodi ordered their vegi patty, a crisp quinoa patty, with white cheddar, grilled mushrooms and BurgerFi sauce served on a multigrain bun. This was a total surprise: it was good! It did not taste weird and was not mushy; to the contrary, it was tasty and a bit crispy, as advertised. It would not convert me, but still, it was pretty good.
On my side, instead of building my own, I went for their cheeseburger. It is composed of double Angus patty, double American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and BurgerFi® sauce.
As you can see on the photo above, the burger was branded with the name of the restaurant. The patties were similar to the way they serve burgers at Shake Shack: very thin, cooked medium. They were delicious, but I had to remove some of the iceberg lettuce as there was too much of it. I really liked it.
For the sides, that they call accessories on their menu, we went for the cry and fries that are fries and onion rings. Good idea to have this combination so we do not have to order two sides to try them.
The fries were crispy and cooked all the way through. Then, the onion rings were spectacular! I mean, look at the size! And they were delicious: the onions was perfectly cooked and it was heavenly crispy and not greasy.
We had a great meal at Burger Fi: the food was delicious and the service courteous. I would definitely go back for a burger or maybe a hot dog. And this time, I will try the banana shake with the chocolate base.
Enjoy (I did)!
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