4.0 out of 5.0 stars

This place was nowhere on my burger radar until one of my fellow IG foodies gave it some love.  Now it’s my turn!

They describe it as a “straight up burger”. I’ll agree.  It’s straight up good!

I really want to get something off my chest that’s been bugging me lately, but I think it’s a pretty easy way for a bar/restaurant to test if the general public is going to like their burger.

Is your burger juicy?  It’s that simple.  If your burger is juicy and has some flavor, that puts me in a good mood right off the bat, and we know how important first impressions are.  If your burger is dry, I’m halfway checked out already.

Do whatever you need to do to make it juicy.  Raise the fat content, add butter, you can even mask it a little with a spread, some kind of mayo or aioli, etc.. Just don’t give me a dry burger!  Ok, enough on that.

The Cheese Burger at Tavern 4 & 5 was juicy and had some flavor.  We have a winner!  The beef had a nice char to it from their flat top.  The menu says you can upgrade from certified Hereford beef to grass fed beef from 1000 hills cattle company out of Cannon Falls.  I was not asked if I wanted to do that.  It might be an even better option.

The Tillamook cheddar is a good choice if American is not offered and it’s not listed. (???) They do have a few other cheese choices as well.  I added grilled onions instead of sweet onions and it was a good choice.  If you want pickles as I do, they call them Betty’s pickles.  They look more like a regular cucumber slice, but still taste like a pickle.  I don’t really want cucumber slices on my burger, so that was good.  The bun was soft and lightly toasted and I was very satisfied with that.

They did miss the mark on one thing for me and it is a debated preference for all of us.  Bacon!  When it comes to bacon on my burger, I do not want it too crispy.  A lot of people do and that’s fine.  Not on my burger.  It was a little too crispy for me, but had a good flavor.

This is a good burger!  I will come back!  I’m out! 

French fries – OK.