Dave had the beet burger at the Kitchen Next Door this summer and said it was fantastic. I am new to beets, and I don’t like hamburgers, so it wasn’t something I would think to order, but I did when my mom was in town this fall, mostly to freak her out. Fantastic. The beets are earthy, the goat cheese is strong, the arugula is perfect. I am new to beets in the last 3 years, and the way I started to like them was roasted on a salad with goat cheese and pine nuts. The beet burger is like that perfect salad, but you can eat it with your hands, it’s filling, satisfying, delicious.
When I say “I don’t like hamburgers”, I mean, well, let’s leave it at YUCK. However, I do like the idea of hamburgers. It would be nice to have a go to meal to order and 90% of all restaurants instead of always having to hem and haw and decide things.
So, imagine my excitement on Thursday when I saw a beet burger on the specials menu at the Southern Sun. Beet! Burger! Ok, I wasn’t that excited but I was intrigued. Were they copying the Kitchen Next Door? Was it an homage? I asked the waiter if the beet burger was as good as the one at the Kitchen Next Door and he said I would have to tell him. The beets didn’t have as strong of a flavor, but the sauce was really yummy. Garlicky. There appeared to be some pumpkin seeds in the beet burger, which I thought was interesting and added texture and flavor. A decent amount of arugula. The only thing I didn’t like was that when I took a bite, a bunch of chunks fell out in every direction. But then I ate those pieces with a fork and cleaned my plate. It was very good, a perfect size, delicious, filling.
I’m not sure which one was better, but I am excited to have the option of ordering beet burgers all over town.