|Indoor lighting = terrible. Burger = Still champ.|
More than two years ago, I crowned Victoria Gastro Pub as my favorite burger, but I said then that I wished there was more competition. So I went back for a test in light of the recently-arrived burger chains like Five Guys and BGR The Burger Joint.
Our plan was the outdoor space. Victoria has covered its patio, and we drove with our hearts set on a seat outside to enjoy an evening, some beef, and some beer. When we walked inside, I wondered what kind of suckers were sitting indoors when the patio was half empty.
Turns out that they were suckers just like me. The crowds had overwhelmed the weekday staff, so they weren't seating at every table. We waited 20 minutes, and our hunger pushed us to the first indoor seat rather than waiting more. Our hunger pushed me back to the regular burger as well. It's my standard at Victoria and often our inspiration to drive there.
Victoria's burger is still the champ -- even indoors. A thick patty with meaty flavor and generous juice. It's cooked right. It's topped with my choice of a few interesting cheeses A perfect bun, baked there and way better than the ones that I buy at the store. Special pickles that Victoria makes as well. Plus, the burger comes with a plate of fries, which are crisp, hot and dusted with paprika.
There's no competition, especially because an $11 cheeseburger and fries at Victoria runs about the same as BGR The Burger Joint in Columbia. BGR gives you more fries in its side order, but I don't need more. I don't even need Victoria's kobe version or the duck fat fries. Get them if you like, but I'm happy wrapping my hands around the old standard.
(I'm accepting my rut at Victoria. I love their beer sampler, which is a great way to try five beers from their interesting lists. But I wasted $7 last time. I wanted a Raging Bitch Pale Ale. I ordered the sampler so that I wasn't just repeating my last trip. But Flying Dog's ale was clearly my favorite. The others were fine, but I should have just gotten my pint.)