Sunday, February 10, 2008

Utah: Squatters / Acme

LambBurger and SirThomasBurger are apparently in a part of the country where naming something "Squatters" seems logical:

Greetings from The Great Salt Lake!
Lamburger & Sir Thomas on assignment...

Burgers from out of town can be a dicey proposition, especially when it's burning cold outside in the land of Mormon. But here are couple additions worthy of a chorus from the Tabernacle (or at least a round of expense account cold ones).

First I (Sir Thomas) braved Squatters Brew Pub packed elbow to elbow on a Tuesday night. Bar seating was the best bet and the servers were great at paying a lot of attention. I went for the BBQ burger with caramelized bourbon (bourbonized?) onions and it was fantastic. Thick burger, thick cheddar, thick bacon, bourbon onions and BBQ sauce. Add sweet potato fries and I'd call this the best burger in SLC and as good as many I've had in PDX. The beers weren't half bad either although their claim to fame was the Polygamy Porter - and here I though Oregon's Rogue Brewing had the novelty/joke beer category all locked up...

Next we both tried the Acme Burger Company. Aside from boasting "a unique dinning experience" on its signage and the server's insistence that we appreciate the importance of how the chef was snagged away from Park City, these were pretty solid burgers. Thick patties on quality roles with all the expected fixin's, but nothing very distinctive. The dining experience was far more upscale than expected based on the name and street presence (think Barley Mill on the outside and Castagna Cafe on the inside), but then the chef did come all the way from Park City...

In short Salt Lake City burgers were good, Salt Lake City burgers with bacon and ingredients made with bourbon were better, but there's no place like home.

Wish you were here!

Squatter's Pub Brewery
147 W. 300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Acme Burger Co.
275 S. 200 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

1 comment:

The Prophet said...

I grew up in the SLC and there's a surprising number of good burger places...I used to love Crown Burger as a kid, and the Training Table was always a good bet as well. Wherever you end up you've got to get the Utah staple of "fry sauce"

Great site, BTW