Bukowski’s stinks, I can’t be any more poetic than that, but it’s just so lazy. Going for lunch yesterday I had read all about the not so secretive “buck burger” which used to cost $1.67 but now has reached a whopping $2 for the standard hamburger before 8pm on weekdays. Fries and any toppings will cost an extra dollar, so the addition of cheese and a side of fries still made it an unbelievable deal at $4. There’s so bullshit here, literally a burger with cheese, a bun and fries, this burger’s got no place to hide. Best case scenario it could have been on par with Highland Kitchen, who did things the right way and made sure each ingredient was perfect. But Bukowski’s doesn’t seem to care, why ask how I want it cooked when it’s going to arrive way overdone anyway? There’s no flavor in the beef, it’s dry, cooked beyond belief, and lousy all around. The bun is very nicely toasted and being buttered helps add some flavor, but it’s no saving grace. Is this just because it’s a lunch time deal and the place is empty or is this what the burger is normally like? I can only judge what I’ve been given, and quite frankly it shouldn’t matter. A burger should be good or bad no matter what time of the day it is, the lunchtime staff should be able to deliver as much as the nighttime staff, again, not my problem. The fries are crispy but have no seasoning at all, and old frying oil really imparts a bad taste. Honestly this burger feels like something off the kids’ menu, it’s so basic, which I can normally dig, but this one is just so plain, overdone, and downright poor that even for $4, I just can’t get behind.
Overall Score: 63