|Firecracker burgers from Laurel Meat Market|
My burgers last night were special -- the "firecracker" mix from Laurel Meat Market where they take two or three parts ground chuck and regrind it with one part spicy Italian sausage. It's a subtle difference -- a moist burger with a little more flavor than just meat, but nothing spicy. Definitely worth checking out. Definitely the fun of having a real butcher. (The other great option is asking them to regrind some ground chuck with bacon.)
The bummer was that my buns were just okay. I grabbed them from a supermarket. They were fine. But I couldn't stop thinking about the chatter about something call Kimmelweck rolls on the I Want The Columbia Wegmans Facebook page. I don't know if they're right for burgers, but they sound different -- and probably are displayed next to a few other rolls that my supermarket doesn't carry.
My hope for Wegmans is that it will bring new options to the local scene -- cheeses, olives, baked goods, meats, etc. I want good crusty rolls, interesting smoked fish, more bulk grains, imported sauces and crackers. Other Wegmans have left us really happy with the choice of vegetables. Mrs. HowChow is looking forward the prepared and semi-prepared aisle where you grab a marinated fish or a meat wrapped around to bring home to your grill or broiler.
|Long ago, just dirt|
Wegmans has posted a map of the Columbia store. (Hat tip to Daniel.) But they offered few opportunities to see inside. The HowChow commandos remain hiding beneath the cheese section. But it's doctors who will get the real first look. Actually, all medical professionals were invited to an evening preview.
As far as I know, the county liquor board will talk more about Wegmans' liquor store on June 14. The license dispute has inspired lots of comments about free enterprise, the rule of law, and who is guilty of using fake owners to create mini-chains.
I appreciate that everyone kept it civil in the comments. But I have to admit that HowChow is the food part of my life, so I'd love to hear opinions that go beyond the law and into what kinds of offerings you think Wegmans or anyone else is using (or could use) to stand out to consumers. What do you love about your favorite store? What would you wish someone would offer?