Thursday, April 16, 2009

Jose Garces To Enter Burger Fray; Two Semi-Intriguing Burger Options On Menu At His Forthcoming Village Whiskey

The Irving Mill flap meat burger, photo by M.Ham
Not a Garces burger; The Irving Mill Flap Meat Burger via Grub Street

With the newly released details of Jose Garces' forthcoming Village Whiskey, the good news just keeps coming in.

This blurb is from the press release:
Chef Garces will serve a wealth of whiskies and inventive cocktails alongside simple, inexpensive bar food, prepared with his signature flair ... bar snacks, burgers and tempting raw bar selections, all under $20.
A ground-to-order Angus Beef Burger, a Veggie Burger, a Bison Burger or an Vienna All-Beef Hot Dog with all the trimmings are each served alongside duck fat French fries and Sly Fox cheddar sauce.

Burgers will be topped with Village Whiskey’s house-made thousand-island dressing, Bibb lettuce, beefsteak tomato and a potato-beer bun, with optional toppings including bacon, caramelized onion, truffles, artichokes and a selection of cheeses. The menu, which will be served all day, will range in price from $4 to $20.
First impressions:

- Duck Fat French Fries = awesome.

- Sly Fox cheddar sauce = we are loving Garces' love of Sly Fox.

- Village Whiskey's house-made thousand island dressing on the burgers = apparently everyone got the memo that Russian dressing can be an upscale "special sauce" too.

- Potato-beer bun = also sounds awesome.

About the meat, however, we are less optimistic. We have never been impressed by a bison burger, so it will be interesting to see if Garces and Chef de Cuisine Dave Conn can do anything of note with the Village Whiskey bison burger.

As for the ground-to-order Angus Beef Burger — we wish it were a blend (maybe with some rib eye and flap meat), but in the case that it's not, we hope it is, at the very least, some very fatty and pampered angus.

All in all, Village Whiskey is definitely something to look forward to.

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