Either places are starting to take notice and improve their burgers, or it’s just one big coincidence, but like 51 Lincoln and Lineage before it, the burger at Harvest is quite delicious. Brioche is generally a pet peeve of mine, simply because far too often it’s too airy and outnumbers the amount of beef. But, when used properly, and the patty is both substantial enough in size and juicy enough to break the barriers of said airiness, then it works. Basically the same black pepper brioche from Iggy’s that’s being used at the Common Ground and Coda, to name a couple, it does its best to withstand the onslaught that is one ridiculously juicy burger. Juicy and salty, that’s the name of the game, but good salty, as in perfectly seasoned, most other burgers should be envious of the generous touch used here.
It’s burger greatness in the most primitive way, large enough to satisfy any hungry burger boy or girl, impossibly juicy and flavorful as can be. The cheese, Vermont Cheddar, adds the flavor it needs to, but could be more melted, although that’s a recurring problem with most burgers and the cheese that sits atop them in this city. The fries are delicious as well, golden, crispy and beautifully salty, what more do you want? The house-made red onion and zucchini pickles are not my favorite addition to the plate, fairly unbalanced and assertive in flavor, it’s a mild turn-off but thus does not ruin the meal. Same goes for a lemony sauce of sorts, much too thin, much too sour, and much too mediocre in its sad little ramekin, it’s a wannabe aioli, but a poor attempt at that.
All in all, the $13 burger at Harvest is excellent, beyond juicy, beyond flavorful, and with wonderful fries to boot. The brioche works due to the liquid attack of the well proportioned burger, and mediocre pickles and sauces are merely a minor distraction but don’t bring this burger down. Hell, even the tomato is good.
Overall Score: 93