Louie's Steakhouse - July 27, 2017
$19.95 after tax B4 tip
I came into town because I wanted to do some late work to catch up from some lost time because of the power outage yesterday. Decided to do another stop on my burger tour. I walked into Finley's and looked around, but I didn't feel like being in a bar tonight, so I crossed the street. Wasn't sure about either Jackson's Hole or Louie's Steakhouse. Since I was just at Uptown Tavern I decided to go to Louie's because it's the same building and I wanted to see the difference...so Louie's it was...
I went inside and looked around, but decided to go out on the deck out front. As usual, I didn't need to see a menu, I just asked for a burger that hopefully would have jalapenos, bacon and cheese. (I wanna keep the playing field as level as I can.) I was told they can't order from the pub menu. Considering the disaster burger from the other night I was definitely not interested in that, and said I didn't want to order from there.
Louie's has two options for burgers...
Option one is their Chorizo Burger, which is a smoked chorizo patty with peppered gouda, apple slaw, maple bacon, and wild mushrooms.
Option two is their Daniel Rickaby Burger. It is essentially a steak in a bun.
I went for the chorizo burger 'cause I just wanted a burger and not a steak on a bun. I wasn't thrilled to have a chorizo one 'cause I just wanted a straight up burger, but it was the closest thing, that's what I ordered. Also ordered a ginger ale too that I want to come with the food.
I was brought a water as a starting drink. It had one grape or cherry lookin' piece of fruit floating in it. After looking at it for a bit I finally picked it outta my water and ate it. It wasn't a grape, but rather a cranberry. I don't have those on the rolodex in my mind because I can't freakin' stand them, and therefore block them out.
It was sour as fuck and I wasn't into it. It made me think of the different things people put in water: mint, lemon, cucumber, strawberry/kiwi...and apparently cranberries that are sour as fuck too. I simply prefer water with nothing, but if I have to choose a fruit option (or vegetable in case of cucumber) I prefer lemon for sure.
I don't get it when a restaurant puts fruit in water they bring though. Water in its nakedness is perfection. It is pure vitality in liquid form. Why screw with that?! I also don't like that a restaurant feels they should decide for you what you would want to drink. Fruit in water should always be offered as an option aside from water on its own. Water in its beautiful simplicity should be the foundation.
The service was pretty quick which is always good. At first glance it looked like the Uptown Tavern Burger. That is because they used the same bun. I thought that was a tad lame and seemed kinda low rent for the burger it was. A skinny cheesy bun. The fries were in the same chintzy little container too.
Having just eaten the Uptown Burger, and then being told you can't order off the pub menu, but seeing that they share some of the same shit, it seemed a little odd to me. More aptly...it seemed lazy as fuck!
I was truly surprised by this as Louie's has always been amazing. When I worked in hotels in and around town for years, Louie's was always the first place I sent everyone who asked me where a good place to eat was. (I'll write more about this another time.) It is much more higher end than the pub, so I definitely wasn't expecting them to use some of the same stuff.
The bun and same fries dish was a strike against it before I even got into it; but that wouldn't be the case had I not eaten at the Uptown earlier in the week. The patty was a nice size when I cut it in half though which is an important measuring stick for me.
Throw away the bun issue and it was pretty good at first. They didn't chintz on the bacon, which is quite common when getting bacon on a burger. (I hardly ever have bacon...the rare occasion that I have a burger is predominantly when I have bacon) The chorizo patty was good too. I was diggin' it.
It started going downhill kinda quickly though. It got quite greasy as I went on. It also seemed really salty. The salt taste seemed to amplify bit by bit with each new bite.
By the time I was onto my second half the bottom bun seemed almost non-existent...like it was devoured by the grease. It was super soggy. (For the record...I never cut a burger in half, I actually think it is stupid to do that, but I have been for this little Nelson burger tour just to be able to show what the inside between the buns look like.)
The more I ate the more I could feel a grease slick get thicker and shittier down my throat. It was like my throat was a Slip-N-Slide of grease, all coming to rest in my stomach and it felt really shitty! Salty grease. Yaaaay!!
I was a bit bummed 'cause it started off so nicely, but then didn't take too long to feel like it kinda just tumbled down a hill and rattled my belly. My throat was like a greasy slip n slide. Part of me was wondering if it was me just imagining the grease and saltiness, but when I was done my last bite and looked at the plate there was a big orange oily slick on it. I thought it could be ketchup from the fries, but that never hit the plate as it was served in a little container of its own and I just dipped the fries in it.
So...although the concept of a chorizo burger was unique and different from a regular burger, it wasn't totally fulfilling...whether from the replicated skinny cheese bun, or the grease and saltiness. Although every other thing I have had there has been incredible, the Louie's Steakhouse Chorizo Burger is not the burger for me.
Louie's Steakhouse at The Adventure Hotel
616 Vernon Street
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