Green Street Grill

December 24th, 2010 by Richard Chudy

At its best, a thin burger patty is greasy, fatty, and utterly juicy and irresistible from start to finish, at its worst, a thin burger patty is dry, rubbery and reminiscent of a Burger King double cheeseburger. Sadly, the Bacon Double Cheeseburger served at Green Street Grill is the latter. And it is sad, every burger deserves to be great and loved, and if you know me, you know I love thin burgers, West Coast style as we say here, but this burger just doesn’t work. The interior and atmosphere are top-notch, but as Nick points out, most of the places we go to have a great atmosphere, and usually the burger isn’t up to our ridiculous standards. It’s lively and open, clean and comfortable, a place I would return to, for drinks anyway, not so much for the food. If you think I get off by ripping places, you’d be wrong, while it may be easier to write a review when the burger is poor or out-of-this-world good, I never enjoy writing something so negatively. I swear I’m not getting soft on you, I will always deliver the truth, through my eyes only I realize, and it’s never out of spite or bitterness that I do so. But the Green Street burger, despite having a pretty big cult following, is just pretty bad. The burger itself is beyond salty, and this coming from someone who loves salt. It appears to be grilled based on the slight char, but I could be wrong about that, either way it is barely juicy in the beginning, and completely dry by the time I finish. The cheese, listed as cheddar, feels much more like American, and is not fully melted. Very ordinary bacon also tops the burger, it’s crispy but just adds more salt and not much else. Joining the burger party is a very bland and mildly bitter coleslaw, a “Russian Dressing,” flavorless pickles and some homemade chips. I use quotes when referencing the “Russian Dressing” because I just don’t think it is. A key component of Russian Dressing is ketchup, and that is clearly missing. No, this is more of a tartar sauce and it’s a disappointment. The coleslaw and pickles are forgettable, as are the chips, which are not greasy and are prepared well, just not my thing with a burger. I demand fries, and would even settle for onion rings, but hey, that’s just me.

Green Street takes a giant leap by trying to pull off the beloved West-Coast style burger. But if you over-cook it, it’s just not going to work. As you know I don’t believe in off-nights, especially when all three of us burger eaters received dry and extremely salty burgers. Strange that the burger was so salty and everything else was incredibly bland. It’s priced at $11, which is as fair as it should be, but I can’t see myself ever coming back for the burger, and I definitely can’t recommend it to anyone.

Overall Score: 72

3 Responses

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Eesh. So many misses. Disappointing about the Russian dressing b/c I love that stuff.

  2. -Mark- says:

    How does something so horrible get a score in the 70s?? Does the scale start at 65???

    • everything scoring worse fails on everything. I at least enjoyed the atmosphere, and appreciate the attempt, even if it doesn’t totally work for me. have to give them a tiny amount of credit for actually trying to pull off something unique.