You guessed it!
Originated from Astoria, Bareburgers is just as the name suggests - a burger that is from the freshest and rawest ingredients. Featuring chicken, beef, turkey, ostrich, elk, bison, lamb...you name it. Everything is free-range and grass-fed (the staff there sport t-shirts that reads "all grass"). And for herbivores, there's portobello mushroom patties. For those on the Atkins diet, there's iceberg lettuce to replace the normal carb-rich buns (kind of like Korean bbq, wrapping up bilgogi in minty leaves).
The artisan burger joint seem to have an obsession with bacon and Canadians (how aboot that eh?). Almost every burger had the blackened maple bacon. So we got the Maple Bacon Cheeseburger with Beef and Pesto Pepper with Lamb.
Maple Bacon Cheeseburger with Beef in Brioche
The beef was well cooked, bringing forth the natural tenderness, while the bacon was slightly sweet and crunchy. I liked the combination of red onions and finely sliced iceberg lettuce, which balanced out the meaty prowess of this burger.
Mine on the other hand had a feminine touch, with smoked mozzarella, roasted red peppers, baby spinach and pesto mayo. The lamb was a little gamey, but I guess that's all part of the free-range and organicness. It was slightly bland, so I dumped a lump of cayenne ketchup and one of the mayo sauces for the fries.
Pesto Red Pepper Burger with Lamb in Multigrain Buns
When we first got seated, there were three fire trucks that blazed by, blasting sirens in the background. Fittingly, sirens went off my mind when I bit into their freshly cut fries. It was amazing - fried to perfection with a crunch skin and paired with three sauces. My fav was the cheyenne ketchup (farthest right). The other two were a little lackluster, as I wasn't able to decipher what was inside other than mayo. They both tasted like thousand island dressing.
And of course, what burger meal would be complete without a freshly blended milkshake...
It was rich, creamy and natural. You could actually taste the strawberry, unlike some fast food chains where they use powder or dried space food for flavor. Only thing is you should wait until the ice cream melts a little, or else it's a little too chunky. We ordered the 12oz, but I recommend the 16oz for two dessert-loving people.
Next time I'd like to try the Bareburger Supreme with bits of fries and gourmet onion rings, or the Maui Wowie, which has the lovely combination of bacon and pineapples. I'd also like to try their cranberry blue salad, portabella sandwich, and onion rings. And maybe the peanut-butter and chocolate milkshake if I'm feeling really calorie-deprived.
***** (5/5 stars)