I might have found one of the best places for burgers in Hoboken! I use to think that, besides Five Guys that I adore, Hudson Tavern had the best burger in town, but Onieal's surpasses it. Imagine that they have a whole burger menu that will make you dizzy: so many choices that can then be multiplied by the number of combinations their toppings allow you to create.
Located in a corner of Church Square Park, Onieal's is a bar that has this old feel and particular smell from the beer on tap that is flowing all day and night. What I definitely appreciated is the fact that they have a separate dining room, away from the noisy bar area. We went there twice for brunch, early enough to be seated; good considering that the place started to be crowded at 12:00pm.
Each time, we went for burgers, skipping the classic brunch dishes they serve (like eggs Benedict, French toast...). I of course wanted to try their signature burger The Onieal's famous. Fortunately our waitress asked me if I wanted any cheese on it as I did not even think they would propose a burger without, and too excited to try it.
The burger was served with lettuce, tomato and onion, on a sort of brioche that was perfectly soft. The first bite was delicious: the patty tasted like meat, not some seasoning that restaurants often abuse. It was also so juicy that it delightfully dripped on my hand. They served the burger with some fairly decent fries, that were skin on, slightly crunchy.
Jodi went for The Alps, a burger served with Swiss cheese and mushrooms, but she decided to order the veggie patty rather than the beef one.
I thought it was pretty good, so, the next time we went, I ordered the same, but with the beef patty and blue cheese (I love the combination blue cheese / Swiss that I discovered at Ted's Montana Grill).
This was phenomenal and I literally inhale that burger that was, again, perfectly cooked and juicy.
With the burgers, I got a beer: Allagash white from Maine, a fruity and refreshing beer.
Onieal's is definitely worth the trip to Hoboken, although it seems that they have a location in Chelsea: I will have to check that out, but it is really only for the blog...
Enjoy (I did)!
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