Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day 67

Lamb Burger: I was extremely excited about dinner tonight. I usually don't get super excited about dining out, but I hadn't had a restaurant meal in 2 weeks. I decided to come off the sabbatical in style tonight at Craftbar in Buckhead. I've eaten there once (as well as upstairs at Craft once), and was eager to return. I've never had a bad meal there - the food/service is top notch.

Me and the GF perused the menu, but I knew what I wanted before we even sat down: the burger. I'd heard a lot of great things about it from several different sources, and I knew that there was no way their would disappoint. Of course I've had burgers before, so I wasn't planning on it being my blog entry for tonight. However, they also had a version made from ground lamb. Interesting. I don't have much experience with lamb, and I'd definitely never had a burger made from it. I decided to give it a try - how could it be bad?

Craftbar's lamb burger featured 2 juicy patties of ground lamb, topped with red pepper jelly and pecorino cheese. I took my first bite, and was blown away. The ground lamb was a little more savory than ground beef, but not that much different. The patties were cooked perfectly, and I was surprised when our server asked me how I wanted them done (medium for me). Most burger places I've been to lately don't have an option for doneness, so that was a nice touch. The red pepper jelly gave a nice sweetness to contrast the meat, and the pecorino added the right amount of salt. All of this goodness was served in between a homemade grilled bun that rivaled Holeman & Finch's, and one of the best bites I had was the bun soaked in a bit of the burger grease. Awesome.

I know this is a bold statement, but this was the best burger I've ever had, and I've had plenty. Who knew lamb could taste this good? We also shared some smoked chicken wings with white BBQ sauce (?) and a fuji apple tart with five-spice ice cream, which were both amazing.

If you've never been to Craftbar, go. Definitely one of the better meals I've had in awhile.

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