By Shana Overhulser, BocaLocals.com
If there was ever a Burger Hall of Fame – this is it! West Palm’s Burger & Beer Joint recently opened in CityPlace serving up signature burger options, brews by the bushel and the most refreshing craft cocktails to make you scream and shout. The burger and cocktail menus have endearing tie-ins with rock n’ roll songs with names like; Free Bird (1/2 lb. turkey burger, swiss cheese, grilled onions, sautéed portobello mushrooms, onion bun) and Day Tripper American Mule (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, lime joule and ginger beer).
Signing in with a few fellow food enthusiasts – and literally – we signed our names on bricks near the open bar – I was floored by the chrome detail and old cityscape ceilings. Walls were branded with the B&B insignia that professed a little country in this here part of town.
A family-style foodie fest unraveled – sharing event the beer flights and cocktails. First off, we sampled 4 beers ranging from hoppy to an infused chocolatey flavored microbrew. I was doing the jitterbug over the Green Bean Fries with black truffle aioli. A delightfully crunchy appetizer I wouldn’t have normally tried on my own. The stings took lead as the Mac Daddy Cheese Gratin, made with a three cheese mornay sauce, panko bread crumbs & parmesan cheese emerged. A fork full of gooey goodness and perfectly seasoned. Not a crumb was left.
Addicted To Love was my palette cleanser and a fire starter – made with Pinnacle Gin, watermelon, cucumber, simple syrup and lime juice. I loved the Centerfold Mojito containing Cruzan White Rum, mint and fresh strawberries. The crowd went wild with Mustang Sally, a masterful burger containing 1/2 lb. wagyu beef, red onion marmalade, brie cheese, sliced prosciutto on a brioche bun served with skinny fries. A legend in its own time with a melting of savory flavors all in one amazing bite.
Make way for the chief, Wild Thing is in the house! A mouthwatering 1/2 lb. bison burger, tomato jam, bleu cheese on a brioche bun served with duck fat fries, parsley and roasted garlic aioli. Really? Tomato jam? I’m a new roadie and will follow you anywhere. Cord #3, Dr. Feelgood, a handsome house made veggie burger (toasted rainbow quinoa, smoked cumin beans, roasted red peppers, oats), topped with roasted red pepper & corn salsa, manchego cheese and basil-mint pesta on a brioche bun with (wait for it) zucchini fries. A healthy lightly-fried veggie snack!
The closing act was Maroon 5, deep fried crispy Oreos, vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup with back-up performer; One Minute Man, an adult milkshake, with cookies n’ cream ice cream, white chocolate liqueur, coffee liqueur, whipped cream and Oreo cookie crumbles. Chef Dy’Ante Reddick is a real crowd pleaser with his creative dishes always shining a light on using the finest ingredients.
Blues, burgers and brews on your mind? Stop in at Burger & Beer Joint for decadent burgers, snacks, brews and specialty cocktails. Located in the heart of CityPlace, 550 S. Rosemary Ave. #158, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. (561) 366-7188. Check out ‘Pimp Your Burger Tuesdays’ with discounts on custom burgers! Happy hour and live music listings could be found on their web site; http://bnbjoint.com/westpalmbeach/
Burger & Beer Joint emerged onto the South Beach (Miami) scene in 2009 and became an instant hit. There are now six locations open throughout Florida and Puerto Rico with plans to expand in Miami, Doral, Florida and Washington DC. #BNBJoint