Burger Jones — June 5, 2011

9 06 2011

Burger Jones
3200 W Lake St.

Summer’s arrival is never too early in Minnesota (snow was not made to fall on May 2 – yet, there it was). But after a weekend taking in sun at Lake Calhoun and perusing a local art festival, the only thing left to officially declare its presence was burgers, fries and beer on a patio. Burger Jones, with its umbrella-covered tables and casual atmosphere – blending the iconic personality of the Parasole restaurant group with the culture around the lakes – was just the place to welcome summer back to the city that wears it best.

Jim's cheeseburger with shoestring fries

BJ’s menu is set up to be completely a la carte. Burgers can be dressed up or down based on preference, and fries range from maple-bacon sweet potatoes to the parmesan waffle variety (and, of course, the regular shoestring standby). Its solid drink menu would fit any occasion, and the multitude of homemade milkshakes flavors guarantee a sweet ending. With options for kiddos and even the family dog (waiters served pets on the patio bowls of water to stay cool), the place is friendly – even if our waiter was anything but.

Parmesan waffle fries ... yum!

Jim took on the build-your-own cheeseburger, to which he added fresh jalapenos and caramelized onions, a side of standard fries, and a Rogue Dead Guy Ale (followed by a Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale). The burger was done right and the jalapenos added flair, but – while delicious – the a la carte setup meant the burger and fries combo wasn’t a value. I tried the Southwest salsa veggie burger under the Sortaburger category. Pepperjack cheese, salsa, alfalfa sprouts and a dollop of avocado mayo gave the patty flavor without making it heavy – and a pint of BJ’s 1913 Root Beer washed it down old-fashioned style. Our dinner dates can confirm that even the salads are tasty, the cheese curds and parmesan waffle fries are worth ordering, and the milkshakes are large enough to share.

With so many great sandwich spots, brew pubs and burger joints in the city, we wouldn’t claim Burger Jones to be our go-to place. But the patio makes it worth the trip and may be what brings us back. That, and the craving for a cold salted-caramel or mint-chocolate milkshake on another hot summer day…

RATING (out of 5 ♠♠♠♠♠)
Menu Selection:
Food Taste & Presentation: ♠♠♠

Total bill, including tip: $43.50

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2 responses

10 06 2011
Stuart B.

Had the same experience. Food was good, a nice burger done exactly as ordered. Service terrible. One of two orders dropped on the floor. While cleaning it up other order placed on adjacent table and sat there while dropped order was remade in the kitchen and other order was just left to get cold on the empty table awaiting remaking the dropped order. Then, both brought to our table….one cold and one fresh and hot…..could not believe it. I invited the manager outside to discuss the need to educate servers. Also, the two hostesses were engaged in social conversation with each other upon our arrival and one had her back to us..bad form…and they behaved as we were an annoyance certainly not a welcomed guest.

10 06 2011

YUMMMMM. That’s all I can say.

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