Bacon & Butter's really a frustrating experience. On weekends, the wait times are long, and the service can be slow. But on the other hand, the food is amazing, including what the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson calls the best burger in town.
Drop by for lunch and try the burger, which should probably come with some kind of PG-13 warning. I took a pal there recently for lunch and, as Sinatra once sang, his eyes practically bugged out his head.
"This is the best *&%$#@! hamburger I've ever tasted," he gasped, as I scanned the room to make sure no nuns were present. I might say the same about the smashed potatoes, which are poached, smashed and then fried – so crisp and light, yet so rustic and unfussy and delicious.
Zoellin's burger has evolved over the months since he opened this breakfast-and-lunch spot on 21st Street. Right now, I think my friend with the salty language is right – it's the best burger in town. It's big and beautiful, with a domed bun and flavor everywhere. The beef itself is at once explosive and balanced on the palate. Neither salty nor tame, the beef is a full-bore, well-rounded, no-holding-back tour de force of flavor.
How does the chef pull that off? Notice the name is not Tofu and Butter. Zoellin takes the freshest beef and then grinds just the right amount of bacon into it. He adds some Worcestershire sauce, forgoes the salt, sears it, flips it, seasons it and sends it out with thick bacon, gouda cheese, crisp and light shallot rings and smoked aioli. For all that plus fries or salad and a rather astounding photo you can post on Facebook or Instagram, it's just $12.50.
Robertson also notes the hit or miss service, but if you've got the time, the food seems worth the wait.
Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.
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