What better way to kick start this burger blog than with one of the best burgers in town, And no, I am not exaggerating, but I will tell you more about that later. Dirty Bones opened up in Kensington in 2014, and has since opened up a branch in Soho. Described as 'home to the finest American comfort food', they provide a vibrant mix of food, cocktails, dining and live music.
The Mac Daddy - Through simple word of mouth, this burger had a lot to live up to. I'd been looking forward to trying this burger for months and it certainly did not disappoint. A perfectly cooked patty, finding the perfect balance between juicy and flavoursome, it was nestled between a lightly toasted brioche bun (which wasn't dry at all). Topped with pulled beef rib, creamy mac and cheese, and finally some in-house BBQ sauce, it was purely delightful. As with any mac and cheese burger, it got slightly messy at times, but it was worth it for the taste. This burger was definitely up there with the best.
With a host of sides and starters, I was spoilt for choice. Even though I opted for a mac and cheese burger, I wanted to have an extra cheesy night, so went for a mac and cheese side dish. It was creamy, scrumptious and complimented the burger very well. I also opted for a cider by the name of Thundering Molly 5.2%. This was a crisp yet dry cider, which was flavoursome and to my surprise, it was 2-4-1 happy hour (5-7pm), so this made me pretty happy. Arriving with the burger were salted fries, which were delicious and the right balance between skinny and fat, and once again, I have no complaints here.
As soon as you walk into DB, you are greeted with a politeness that is often lacking in burger joints. The staff were all friendly and attentive, but I must add it was also fairly quiet when I visited (roughly 5pm). I could see two groups of people and two couples, so not a whole lot to attend to, but I imagine as the evening goes on, it can get a fair bit busier, especially with the bar next door livening up.
With an ominous entrance, you could easily miss DB, but head down the stairs and you are welcomed to a quirky yet tidy basement style bar and restaurant. Neon lighting, indifferent furniture and retro decor (there's even a pinball machine), it was refreshingly smart, with a very relaxed vibe. Some dare even call it hipster?! It was the perfect balance too between loud and quiet (it's always good when you can hold a conversation in a restaurant).
With a London location, and no offers to snap up, it was never going to be a 'cheap' date, but for what you get, you really can't complain. As they say in life, you get what you pay for. £43 in total for two, including mains, sides and alcoholic beverages (and a sneaky service charge), it was definitely an affordable date, and I'd have probably added on another point if it weren't for the service charge (and no, I can't ask for it to be removed, I'm British and that would be impolite).
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.