Monday, July 19, 2010


With the sudden proliferation of restaurants on Union Street I have been looking forward to trying them out and decided to start with Roam Artisan Burgers. It isn't a chain but from the sound of it I was reminded of a inoffensive British chain (Gourmet Burger Kitchen - for those familiar) with the additional emphasis on local produce and grass-fed meats. My burger theory is that if the meat is good, and cooked well (i.e. not grey), then I don't need too many fancy toppings so I went with the original beef burger. It came with the basic toppings - onion, tomato, lettuce, and pickle - and I felt duty-bound to get a side of fries and a chocolate shake. The burger was a bit disappointing; I ordered medium-rare, it arrived well done and the bun was a bit hockey-puck like, but the house made pickles were nice and dressed up with ketchup and mustard it went down easily. Overall it was fine but nothing to write home about. I also tasted the Tejano bison burger (served with jalapeno relish, white corn strips, and pepper jack) which was a bit more interesting. I didn't care that much about the Tejano part but the meat was pink, moist and much more flavorful than the beef. The fries were good. The saving grace of the night was the chocolate shake. Hands down, best shake I've tasted. Made with Straus Family Creamery cream, the Dagoba chocolate shake is decadently creamy and definitely worth a visit - even if just for dessert.

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