A couple of months ago I was at a pizza joint in Robbinsdale, enjoying a good burger. Today, I was at a Costa Rican restaurant located in that pizza joints former home, a block away, having a good burger. Talk about good luck.
I have read a couple of recent articles heaping praise on Marna’s Eatery & Lounge and their burger. As you can imagine, expectations were high. Well, this burger definitely has flavors you probably have not seen on many burgers around here. It’s unique and it’s certainly very good! The story goes, Chef Diaz came up with the burger while interviewing for a Chef’s position over 10 years ago. He was caught off guard and had to quickly throw some ingredients together for a burger. They loved the burger and he got the job.
Here’s what you need to know. The beef is, what they say, infused with Chipotle. This smoky, spicy, juicy, super flavorful, single patty is the star of this show. The patty also has a great char on it, and I was able to get it cooked to a medium temp. The juices were dripping onto my plate. Swiss cheese blankets the beef. Caramelized onions cooked just the way I like them and a couple of, thicker cut bacon strips, satisfy my salty, savory need. The last two components may surprise and confuse you, but don’t let them scare you. It is topped with a slice of grilled pineapple. Our slices only covered half the burger, but I did pay attention to every bite I did get with it, and its sweet and tart flavor certainly didn’t overpower the rest of the burger. There is also a creamy curry sauce swiped on the bottom bun. It was delicious. I would have liked a lot more of that curry sauce. The brioche bun was soft, toasted nicely and also had some thick grill marks on the top bun. It was a very nice bun.
If some of these components confuse you, you are not alone. One thing I can say with certainty, is that you will have a reaction to this burger. I want to hear it. I think it will be a good one.
French Fries – Very good!
Deep Fried Sweet Plantains – Very good!
Wings – Very good! Jerk Dry Rub. Crispy and Meaty.
Tres Leches – Delicious!