With the nausea gone and my appetite back, I figured what better way to celebrate my recovery from food poisoning than with gourmet burgers, pickles, two types of fries, and dessert.  Yep, I was right back on the bike today, riding into one of the newest additions to the West 4th restaurant scene: Romer’s Burger Bar.  I’d heard great things from Special Features Producer and Future Tokyo Culinary Wingman Ivon Bartok, and I trust this guy.  Not with my life, mind you, or any sort of financial investment, but certainly as far as lunch goes.

So, today, I met up with my friend Denise and we checked the place out.  Now, given its recent opening, I’m sure Romer’s will be making some minor adjustments to the menu in the weeks ahead as they fine tune some of the offerings and, oh yeah, add some conspicuous-by-their-absence items to the line-up – mainly, milkshakes.  I know, I know.  What goes better than burger and beer?  Well, if you’re under drinking age (which I’d wager a lot of the clientele at a burger joint is), don’t drink, or happen to be recovering from a case of food poisoning and don’t want to chance it, I’d say milkshakes would be the ready answer.  Alas, no shakes on this menu which I found passing strange.  And, according to fellow diners, I wasn’t alone.  I settled for a nice cold bottle of San Pellegrino.

The Magic Mushroom was magical

We split two burgers – The Magic Mushroom (all natural beef patty, locally-grown portabella mushrooms, arugula, herb and garlic Boursin cheese, and caramelized onions) and The Ultimate Kobe Classic (premium Kobe beef, foie gras pate, chanterelle mushrooms, onion strings, truffle mayo, and garlic mustard with a red wine demi-glaze on the side) – spicy Kosher dills, yam fries, and hand-cut double-cooked fries with truffle oil and Reggiano.

The buns were perfect – buttery, lightly toasted brioche with just a hint of sweetness.  The Magic Mushroom was one damn tasty burger, nicely complimented by the cheese, mushrooms, and onions.  The Kobe Classic, on the other hand, was a bit of a disappointment.  Although Kobe beef tends to be a more forgiving meat, even it isn’t immune to an over lengthy stay on the grill.  The patty was dry and measured up poorly against the juicier all-beef patty of the Magic Mushroom burger at half the price.  Instead of topping their patty with pan-seared foie, Romer’s offers up a modest pate that ultimately ended up lost amid the other additions.  Speaking of which – although the menu made mention of a red win demi-glaze being served on the side, my plate contained nothing but the burger.  It was also missing the promised garlic olives and pepperoncinis (Denise was kind enough to offer me a bite of hers).

The hand-cut double-cooked fries with truffle oil, dusted with Reggiano.

The hand-cut double-cooked fries with the truffle oil and Reggiano were so good and so plentiful, I kept eating them long after I should have stopped.  The yam fries were also very good.

The homemade mini doughnuts.

I didn’t want to push it, so I decided to go with two instead of the usual three desserts: apple pie a la mode and the home made mini doughnuts served with three dipping sauces.  The pie was great, crowned with a scoop of (unfortunately not home made) ice cream.  It was also served with a side of mascarpone cheese which, while offering an interesting textural combo, didn’t really add anything in terms of taste.  Had it been lightly whipped and slightly, I would have been all over it.  The mini doughnuts were perfect – ten in all, sweet and crispy – served with a trio of sauces: chocolate, maple-whiskey, and a limoncello that seemed out of place, delivering a mouth-puckering contrast to its much sweeter neighbors.

Overall, a promising start for the new kid on the block.  With some fourteen different burger variations on the menu, I’m already planning my return visit.

Hey, speaking of recoveries, look who’s on the mend.  Jelly’s the star of the video, but check out Lulu’s not-so-subtle attempts to steal the show…

Hey, speaking as a writer-producer of SF television, I know how tough it is to imagine future trends.  Ask yourself: What will fashion look like fifty years from now?  Or cars?  Or, uh, dancing?  Well, in the case of the latter, I’m sure it’ll look nothing like this…

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Lisa R.
Lisa R.

Wow! I don’t know how you do it. Pictures of yummy food again! I especially liked the fries and the donuts. Got to see the new trailer today, and I thought it was fantastic. Looking forward to September.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Uh, Joe…people are already dancing like that:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_39DMM7Rh0

unamused

das

Shirt'n'Tie
Shirt'n'Tie

Hi Mr M!

Early post!

RE: Video….surely that’s just an Ivon Bartok Behinds the Scenes Special – fly on the wall – of the Writer’s Room?

S’n’T

Carl Binder
Carl Binder

Re: Romer’s Burger Bar — I’m in.

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

I had the same thing – missing food that was promised. Last night my boys and I had a meal which was supposed to include bacon and sweet potato chips. Instead I got cauliflower, one miserable baby carrot and one asparagus spear. huh? What if my kids or I had an allergy to any of these? I got my drink for free and also the boys’ desserts. Ugh. The dinner looked like dog turds.. I kid you not.

http://tinypic.com/r/2564mle/3

Gotta love attention hog Lulu.. is she a well behaved dog now?

And as for that dance , uhm, I do that every morning when I get up.. haha I can just imagine all the CHOGM doing that at their meetings. razz (well it’s a nice fantasy)

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

PS: Go Jelly! smile

Also…the food Joe…looks and sounds delish. Know what else goes good with burgers? Root beer floats! Please check this out, Joe…click on the second FYI box under the video:

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=resources/tv_listings/fyiphilly&id=7116850

I really wanna try the one with the booze. grin

das

JulieAloha
JulieAloha

Hi Joe,

Mmmmm, burgers: hungry! OMGosh – my mom’s pup, Maggie, has the same toy as Jelly! We call it “Road Kill” and she will fetch it if you ask her, “Where’s R.K.?” and then, being the genious mathematician that she is, she will bring it to within a millimeter of the farthest you can reach and stop; after all, she doesn’t want you to HAVE it!

Smiles, Julie

Narelle from Aus

Joe, we need to work on our definitions of ‘taking it easy’.

That dancing is what follows when you ingest the Magic Mushroom Burger made with real magic mushrooms.

Masked is loaded onto my Reader ready for Sunday morning’s flight.

Great to see Jelly continuing to improve.

How’s your Mum’s going?

Take care.

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

beef, mushrooms, good bread….sounds like a winner of a place. Glad to see you out once more entertaining us at the risk of your gastric health. Your sacrifices are duly noted and apprecieated.
I refuse to look up more of those clips, though apparantly it has something to do with the people talking thinking someone who was larger than life was dead, then finding out he was alive. And the background action makes me a) glad I don’t dance and b) make me eternally grateful I am not a bit actor, reduced to accepting such roles.
Just decided I REALLY love my dog. after being played with, she’s sprawled herself out on the floor, butt towards my sister. And then said dog graced my sister with some olfactory productions from parts of the body that humans generally prefer to avoid…and the fan has protected me from the residuals. What a perfect day…l..thanks for the clip by the way.K’tesh was fascinated watching it, though I’m not sure it was Jelly or the squirrel sh was most interested in. Now, how is that act two progressing?

Ponytail
Ponytail

Seriously, do your dogs really make all that noise? It sounds like the Sound Effects Department gone wild. Even had my crazy beagle looking out the window for whatever was making all that ruckus. Cute! Glad you survived the food poisoning!

yumenoko
yumenoko

Mmmm, donuts. *should not be reading this blog when hungry*

Also, I think I’ve done some of that dance. In an aerobics DVD.

Ponytail
Ponytail

@ Annie from Fremantle – oh my gosh, your dinner does look like dog turds!! And you ate that?? lol

Hey Joe, would you ask Carl what he would recommend from Chili’s. I have a new Chili’s right by my house so I was curious what he liked.

Deni
Deni

Jelly looks wonderful and happy, amazing! More kisses to her from all of us wink

Sparrow_hawk

Those root beer floats look good, das!

Two burgers? Joe, Joe, Joe… you should be kinder to your poor recovering tummy.

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

there’s a big blank on my screen after “nothing like this” not sure if it’s normal question

PBMom
PBMom

The burger looks great and yes, milkshakes have to go with it. Since I’m counting calories, I’ll choose non-fat milk and Hershey’s syrup to make a pseudo-milkshake just to get that awesome taste combo. But seriously? After just having food poisoning, I don’t think I would want to even look at food for awhile. I think I’d likely keep wanting that green tea and rice. Glad you are on the mend.

@JulieAloha: Road kill? That’s funny.

@Das: Glad to see you haven’t melted yet. Saw the freak tornado in Co-Op City in the Bronx. I lived there for about 3 months in my childhood; it was a nicer place then.

We are getting rain bands from last week’s Tropical Depression Bonnie. Saturday night we had 70 mph winds (I know, weird, huh? since it wasn’t even a Tropical Storm of that strength) and a lot of rain. There were trees down and everything. Today I had to shut down and not work for 4 hours while another storm came through (moving east to west). Last year we had serious drought weather; this year, we finally caught up.

Watched the ComicCon trailer of SGU. Super-psyched that Eli gets a love interest. Of course, I am always hoping VARRO gets to stay (he goes together well with Alaina). What a hot couple THEY’D make. Very excited about David Hewlett and Robert Picardo’s appearances (I was guessing Jewel would be one of them, but I guessed wrong). I will never complain again about the 10/10 split of SGU on Syfy after what they’ve done with Caprica. Nope; never complain again.

chevron7
chevron7

I am soooooo going to that burger joint if I hit Vangroovy….the magic mushroom looks divine…San Pelegrino is one of my faves too. I think it would have complimented it better as the milkshake would have filled you up.

Cheers, Chev

p.s.way to ease back into it Joe

Brandon Williford

You know … dance crazes come and go … but fashions are eternal!!

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

@Ponytail

Yeah I did on a dare.. I think I heard the chef chuckling from the kitchen.. I’mma gonna do a review and show that picture to the world.. revenge is mine bwahahahaha!

Winst
Winst

Lulu walking into the frame and letting one rip.

….I’m still chuckling.

WAY TO GO Lulu!!

Bilo&Bella
Bilo&Bella

Nothing is better than watching one of your kids feeling better (well, maybe feeling better yourself). I’m really happy for Jelly and her obvious joy in killing the toy. Here’s hoping for continued improvement. Oh, and good to hear you are feeling better. On the food front, I recently heard about the wine-fed cattle in BC which are suppose to make excellent beef products (kinda like the Kobe beef idea). Have you tried it yet? Heaven forbid us Albertans should eat anything but Alberta-grown beef so I’ll have to wait until a visit to Vancouver.

Bilo&Bella
Bilo&Bella

Here’s a bit on the wine-fed cattle from a food safety news feed:

Happy cows come from British Columbia, too
22.jul.10
barfblog
Sol Erdozains
http://barfblog.foodsafety.ksu.edu/blog/143265/10/07/22/happy-cows-come-british-columbia-too
I like having a glass of wine with my dinner every now and then. It tastes good and they say it’s good for you, so I don’t even have to feel guilty about it.
Apparently, a group of farmers in British Columbia think the health benefits also apply to cattle. The idea is a variation of the Kobe beef, where cattle are fed beer. Unlike Kobe beef, the wine is not fed every day.
“It’s during the final 90 days leading up to their slaughter that they are fed red wine supplied by a number of wineries in the Okanagan Valley.”
The final product is sweeter-tasting meat that is supposedly more tender. Plus, the cows get to die buzzed.
I wonder, if they did this with dairy cows, would wine and cheese parties become obsolete?
http://www.torontosun.com/news/weird/2010/07/21/14781606.html

dioxholster

no milkshakes? how dare they smile

Ian Z.
Ian Z.

Two questions for the next mailbag:

1. What would you change about the first season of SGU? Could be a line, or it could be a theme.

2. Would the producers/writers/whoever-else-makes-these-decisions ever consider going back and updating the SG1/SGA graphics to make them all match? For example the hyperspace windows are all different between the three series for the Daedalus ships. (examples can be found here: http://forums.stargateworlds.com/showthread.php?t=35776)

Jenny Robin
Jenny Robin

It’s not very nice of you to make fun of the way I walk, talk, and dance. For shame, Mallozzi Man, for shame.