We were looking forward to having brunch with our friends Jen and Gary and I was in charge of finding a place in the city. Knowing that Gary was, like me, a fan of burgers, I looked for a restaurant with an extensive menu. That is how we ended up at The Ainsworth. I mean, just seeing their mac and cheese burger made me drool and I could not wait to try it. Interestingly, while we waited for Jen and Gary, we saw Alma, one of Jodi's friends who lives in the neighborhood. She could not believe we were going there, even for food: it is a bar and it comes with all the disturbances you can be imagine, from the loud music to the drunk people, without forgetting the fights. Well, Alma, the brunch might be your best bet, but not on a game day: The Ainsworth being a sports bar (it has 40 TV over 6,000 sqf), I am sure it gets crazy there.
It did not take too long to decide what to eat, but I admit that the food took forever to come; it was odd considering there were maybe three tables occupied. I guess they had the minimum staff that day, but they could at least check on the patrons.
So I ordered the mac and cheese burger. It was one choice in many unusual combinations, such as the French onion or breakfast burgers.
When it came, it looked big and yummy, but big, but yummy, but big...it was composed of a bun with, in the bottom, a panko crusted mac and cheese, topped with a patty (between 6 to 8 ounces) and a scoop of mac and cheese.
It was a bit messy to eat, but the first bite was divine: first you get the soft brioche bun, then, at the same time, creaminess of the mac and cheese on top and the crunchiness of the crusted one in the bottom, before tasting the meat that was not as juicy as I would have liked. It was delicious, but I admit that it was a bit challenging to eat it, especially as the cheese got colder. I mean, you will definitely forget about the fries and I have to say that not only it was challenging to finish, but it was also a bit heavy after...
Jodi, more reasonable than me, got the traditional breakfast, two eggs (she asked for sunny side), buttermilk biscuit, potato hash, and bacon. Good, but nothing unusual.
We had a good time at The Ainsworth and I appreciated the fact that they let us hang out there for a while. Besides the company, the highlight of the meal was definitely that fantastic burger that I highly recommend. And yes, I would go back!
Enjoy (I did)!
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