Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Eating out in Bristol: The Burger Joint

How to fix post holiday blues is something I've written about before. But until this week, I hadn't factored burgers into the equation. Having totted up the holiday credit card and come to the conclusion that we might not be able to eat for the next few months, the idea of treating ourselves to a post-holiday lunch or dinner out seemed, quite literally, off the menu.

So an invitation to trial the new menu at Bristol favourite The Burger Joint on Whiteladies Road couldn't have come at a more convenient moment. With the last day of the school holidays at our disposal, a trip to chow down on burgers with my boys was the perfect end of summer treat and something to - hopefully - brush the blues aside.

Now, I'm not by any means a burger aficionado, but after a two week holiday dining on sometimes less than substantial tapas, I was craving something meaty and filling. As was my eldest, who very much is a burger fan and now he's hit full teen mode, is able to put away staggering amounts of food. 

Thankfully The Burger Joint had his needs covered. When your kids get beyond the children's menu, it can be eye-wateringly expensive dining out with the family - do not, for example, step anywhere near a Yo Sushi with a hungry 14 year old in tow. The portions and prices at The Burger Joint are ideal, though - a 6oz prime beef burger comes in at a very reasonable £9.95, including a side and two sauces.

The experience at The Burger Joint is all about tailor making our own burger - you're given a notepad of options to tick off so you really do get to have your meal your way. Both me and my son were rather pedestrian with our meat choices, opting for a classic beef burger, but you can choose from some quite exotic options, including venison and ostrich, as well as some delicious sounding veggie options (I'd like to give the Beetroot and Feta burger a whirl next time.)

Then, you build up your meal with toppings and sauces - a dizzying array of options including a wide range of cheeses, guacamole, jalapenos, bacon, coleslaw and much more. My son is a pulled pork fanatic so he added this to his meat feast, topped off with some American cheese and some BBQ sauce. 

Oh, did I mention you can choose your bun option too (though why would you choose anything but a classic brioche?) and sides to accompany your burger include everything from classic French fries to opulent sounding Parmesan and truffle fries (as well as hand-cut thick chips, hash browns, sweet potato fries and healthy options such as corn on the cob and green salad.)

The Burger Joint is an unpretentious place that doesn't try to be anything other than what it is: a friendly, in-and-out sort of restaurant that doesn't place style above substance. It seems to be a formula that works; while other hip joints have come and gone, this Bristol-born operation (there's also a branch in Southville) was very busy on the day that we visited and is committed to offering customers locally produced ingredients - meat comes from the butcher Ruby and White, bread from Hobbs House Bakery, veg from Ashton Farms and beer from Bristol Beer Factory. 

As we chowed down on our tasty and satisfying burgers on the restaurant's sun-soaked terrace, I was starting to feel a little less down about our post holiday finances, the looming new school term and the fact that I'd be installed in the office again soon. My teen, in rather less reflective mood, was just happy to fill up on his two favourite meats; the fact that he actually allowed me to take his picture for this post is testament to how much he enjoyed his meal.

With takeout available too, The Burger Joint is a great option to add to your address book if you're in the mood for honest, good quality food to fill you up - you can get home delivery via Deliveroo.

Perfect for families - particularly those with ever-hungry teens in tow, though there is also a kids menu available - we'll definitely be back when we need a quick meat-based mood booster. We all left a lot less hungry and a whole lot more happy after our visit.

To find out more about The Burger Joint, visit the website here.

I enjoyed a complimentary meal for myself and my son at The Burger Joint but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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