Monday, August 31, 2015

While I've Been: Victoria's Burger Is Such A Tasty Old Friend That I Never Order Anything Else

Burger and fries
I swear that I planned to order something when we took my parents to Victoria Gastro Pub for my father's birthday.

Our restaurant trips have been fewer in 2015, and many stops have been old haunts where we know that we'll find something good for everyone.  Victoria Gastro Pub fits that bill.  We have been enjoying the food and beer since it opened in 2008, but I focused on their burgers and fries on those early trips and never took my eyes off the meat.

The entire table actually ordered burgers during our August visit.  Except for Lil' Chow who emptied a kid's order of pasta and asked for a second.

Victoria's bicuit
It's just that simple.  Everyone read the menu.  Everyone saw options.  But we each returned to the burgers because they're ideal.  Thick patties that are juicy and meaty without being greasy.  Hearty buns that hold up to the holding and biting.  Fresh, simple tomato, lettuce and pickles.

This is part of my "While I've Been Out" series to restart the blog.  Late last year, the blog got some serious competition.  I'm still working out how to keep writing while I'm doing so many other new things as well.  Tomorrow, I'll follow this old friend with my favorite place that is "new for 2015."

That burger is a success every time, and it's the kind of relaxation that I want from a dinner out.

I added to the fun last month by trying my first Manor Hill beers -- brewed up by the same Marriner family.  I sampled two and forgot to write down my selection.  I'm drifting from the hops stream that had carried me from IPA to IPA for many summers.  I asked for something with flavor, but less bitterness.  I can't remember what I got, but it worked exactly as I wanted.

If you haven't been to Victoria before, then you should also go for the biscuits that they offer once you order.  They're perfect.  Tender but not crumbly.  Rich but not greasy.  I believe they bake them in-house, and it's a terrific advertisement for the care that Victoria takes with their food.


Marcia said...

The grandparents of Victoria (Tori) used to be our neighbors here off our lane. Ray has long since passed away and I'm not sure if Elsa is still living. I know she did stay for awhile with other neighbors. I look out over the house that Tori's parents built and then sold. The land we built on was purchased from them. I think they're on their third house now since leaving here.

Kari said...

I also order the same thing every single time I visit Victoria's- the oysters and the pate. They're that good. I eye other options each time, and usually swipe a fry or bite of something from my husband or kids, but stick with my two go toos every time. We love Victoria's and are excited about the future FoodPlenty in Clarksville.

Anonymous said...

We've been seriously disappointed with the way the oysters were shucked the last two times went. The server took them back to the kitchen and we got a new batch, but at that price point, it shouldn't have happened in the first place. Big pieces of shell in several oysters - and so we stopped going there.

omars said...

I always enjoy and favor the burgers. The rest of the dinner menu I don't find as exciting or worth repeating, honestly. The drink menu is stronger across the board, I think.