Forget about all those boutique burgers in town, The Loews Midtown has them all beat! Its Burger Bar is so exclusive it’s only available for a couple of hours a day. Located in Saltwood’s kitchen, the communal table is directly in front of the steaming hot griddles where line cooks are flipping and topping dozens of thick, juicy burgers. The aroma is intoxicating.
I was treated to lunch by Rachel and Karen who are among the amazing staff at the hotel. Kitchen Chef Michael Brookshire explained why their burgers are superior; it’s the combination of fatty ground chuck, lean brisket, and tender short rib. The Burger Bar serves a short list of specialty burgers plus a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, a fried grouper sandwich dubbed Tybee Island, and a haute dog made with foie gras and duck confit.
Sides include warm potato chips, made in house, sprinkled with salt and vinegar, barbecue flavor, or jerk seasoning. We tried all of them. Rachel ordered the addictive garlic rosemary pomme frites to go with her Tybee Island, and Karen and I chose the sweet potato fries to accompany our burger selection, called the Hot Mess.
Served on a toasted Holeman & Finch bun, my medium-well burger was smothered with a double dose of melted American cheese and Saltwood sauce, a tangy remoulade. Thick cut dill pickles made it a slippery, delicious mess. I grabbed another napkin as I made my way around the charred edges of beef, unsuccessfully trying to unhinge my jaw.
For dessert, we shared the Ooey Gooey, a warm cake baked in a cast iron dish. The edges were crisp and chewy, while the center remained gooey, with a scoop of coffee gelato nestled in the middle, then drizzled with caramel sauce. Did I mention it was topped with crumbles of candied bacon? What! This dessert alone is worth a visit.
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