Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Robots. Monsters. Burgers.
You know how I love sandwiches. You know how I love baseball. Now it's time you find out another love of mine: Giant robots punching things.
It doesn't matter what they punch, but if it's in the middle of a major metropolitan area with some sort of equally tall enemy, I'm all about it. Throw in collateral damage and people running away from said enemies and you have a winner.
Hence, my love of Pacific Rim.
Recently, while out with close friends, we decided to have dinner downtown at the Yard House before seeing Punchfest 2013. There are a number of states with a Yard House location, so you should definitely see if one is near you.
First of all, the beer menu here is massive. For a beer fan like myself (add that to the list of 'likes') it was almost overwhelming. Would I start with an IPA? A Blonde? Or something heavier?
I decided to go with some Belgian Quads, specifically Gulden Draak 9000, a delicious beer to have, but make sure not to have more than one as these are especially strong beers. To accompany the strong and syrupy flavors of the quad, I settled on the Pepper Crusted Gorgonzola Burger.
But don't get me wrong, the burgers are not the only things that look great on the menu. Everything looks delicious.
The pepper crusted, medium cooked burger comes topped with Marsala sauteed crimini mushrooms, caramelized onions, baby spinach and Gorgonzola cheese.
Battling against the strong flavor of the Belgian quad, the burger flavor shone through perfectly. The strong peppery crust and the aged cheese flavors had a lot of competition for my taste buds attention but complemented each other well.
The crimini mushrooms were cooked perfectly well as they still had a little bit of pop left with each bite. The baby spinach added some much needed green contrast to the sandwich with a slight flavor that was noticeable on occasion.
The bun also held together until the end and worked well with the sandwich. Fluffy, fresh and yet not prohibiting the flavors from the rest of the sandwich or taking away from the meal.
Overall, Yard House, you done well. Excellent sandwich and an excellent prequel to robots punching monster faces.
Have you seen Pacific Rim yet? Have you had an excellent sandwich since last week? Let me know in the comments.
Until next week...
Pepper Crusted Gorgonzola Burger
The Yard House
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015