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Review: Tru Burger

The Tru Burger

The Tru Burger

Tru Burger is hands down the most casual of the new burger joints to pop up in New Orleans. It’s not fussy or frilly and feels like a throwback burger joint — complete with shakes, but without the cheesy burger joint hats.

Normally, I immediately recommend the burgers. But I have to give proper service to Tru Burger’s corn dog. It’s hand-dipped in a batter that fries to a cakey texture that’s moist and crispy all at once. I like my corn dogs with mayo, something some people say is odd, but I’ve liked it since I was a kid.

Anyway, all I can say about this corn dog is that it’s the best corn dog I’ve had outside of the ones at the State Fair of Texas. And that’s a huge compliment.

Onto the burgers. The burgers at Tru Burger are fairly simple and a nice size, not too big, not to small. All of the burgers are cooked to medium, but you can specify the temp you want your meat cook to. I usually go for medium rare. All the patties at Tru Burger are 100% Creekstone Angus and ground in-house.

Tru Burger's Hand-Dipped Corn Dog

Tru Burger's Hand-Dipped Corn Dog

The buns have a nice texture and basically melt in your mouth which is a nice effect and something I’m not used to in a hamburger bun.

One of my favorite burgers is the Charlie Burger. It’s served with bacon, Swiss cheese and coleslaw. I add Sriracha to give it some heat which contrasts nicely with the coolness of the coleslaw.

On some visits, the Swiss cheese doesn’t melt on the burger which I think takes away something from the burger as a whole. But overall, this is a great choice.

The Tru Burger itself if also a good choice. It’s a simple burger with your choice of cheese loaded up with onion, tomato, lettuce and pickles. The pickles alone are reason for ordering this burger. While it’s simple, it works. It’s a good, if not outstanding, burger.

Charlie Burger

Charlie Burger

The fries are thin and crispy. I think they’re some of the best fries in town. The sea salt crystals give them just the right amount of saltiness to balance the earthiness of the potatoes.

I find the shakes at Tru Burger a little underwhelming. I do like that they’re served with bubble tea straws so you don’t have to battle the cup for who wins the shake. But that said, the shakes I’ve gotten have been just okay tastewise. I’ve also had some shakes with ice crystals in it which I’m not a fan of.

Overall, Tru Burger is a solid choice for burgers in New Orleans. I see it on the fringe of upscale burger joints. It’s more suited for families, drop-ins and quick cravings for a burger.

Tru Burger is located at 8115 Oak Street. Tru Burger is open Tues. through Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Eatin'

 

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Review: UBurger (Boston)

The Grand Slam Burger at UBurger Boston

The Grand Slam Burger at UBurger Boston

Burgers don’t seem to be a big thing in Boston, but I wanted to check the scene out anyway. After doing some research, I decided to go to local joint UBurger. Turns out I missed their fifth anniversary by a day.

Technically a chain (they have three locations – Park Street, Kenmore Square and BU West Campus), UBurger serves a variety of burgers (either pre-made or build-your-own). I ventured to the Kenmore Square location which was full of students.

Since I had already perused the menu online, I had an idea of what I was going to order. The menu is pretty extensive, but I had my mind set on a Grand Slam Burger (with bacon, cheddar cheese grilled onions, mushrooms and house sauce) and an order of onion rings. I probably should have ordered a frappe as well, but knew I was going to get dessert elsewhere so I resisted.

My order came out pretty quickly and dove in to the onion rings. Very crispy and thinner than most onion rings I’m used to, they packed quite a crunch. They were lacking a little seasoning, but overall, UBurger has some solid onion rings. The crispness held up even after they had been sitting for a while which is always a good test.

UBurger Onion Rings

UBurger Onion Rings

The burger itself was cook medium (I prefer my burgers mid-rare to medium) which was a nice change-up from most quick service burger joints that overcook the meat. The patty was seasoned really well and was really a star on a bun. The house sauce was very good, but with the way it blended with the grilled onions and mushrooms, I couldn’t quite pick up on the flavors in the sauce. The bun was a great aspect. It wasn’t too heavy or light and had a nice doughiness to it. All of the elements on this burger really worked well together so I was more than happy with my choice.

All in all, UBurger was a pleasant experience. The burger and onion rings were both solid items and I can see why the place is so popular with the local students: it’s quick and it’s cheap. My burger, onion rings and drink rang in at $10.33. Not bad for a such a solid meal.

UBurger has three location throughout Boston. Visit the UBurger website for locations and hours.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Eatin'

 

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