I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t severely disappointed in a burger. Contrary to popular belief, I always want a burger to be great. Yes, maybe it makes for better writing when it’s below average, but I always arrive hungry, always have a craving for a nice burger and almost always leave without burger fulfillment. The Savant Project managed to fail on almost every level except the two things I whine about the most; the bun and the fries. The bun is great, an Iggy’s, Kaiser style I would say, fluffy and light and the right size for the burger in hand. The fries, while not as ultra-crispy as I might want (despite being very dark) are packed with flavor, and the hint of Parmesan makes them very enjoyable.
But that’s where the flavor party ends, because the burger itself has no personality, it’s a half-pound Angus patty, supposedly stuffed with Vermont cheddar, but I swear there was no cheddar to be found. I’m not crazy, maybe there was something stuffed in that sad patty, but sharp Vermont cheddar it was not. It’s also topped with bacon, which is about as opposite of crispy as you can get, totally rubbery and useless. An onion ring, bland on all accounts, finishes off the burger, which, to be fair, does have a mild smoky flavor that is subtle, but moderately effective. I really should come to terms that pub burgers just can’t be good, and for $11, The Savant project is definitely on my do-not-return-to list, despite having a great interior space and a beer menu that gets the job done. The service is friendly and attentive, I just wish they had paid a little more attention to the burger.