My friends keep asking what I think of B.R.G.R. Kitchen + Bar. Well, after my visit earlier this week, I can finally tell them.
I enjoyed the experience. The place has a very cool industrial-chic thing going on, with wood tables and floors that are offset by metal chairs and fixtures. The dining room has high ceilings and can be noisy when full, but there is a separate bar area with TVs and tall tables, as well as an outdoor space. I had heard mixed reviews of the service, but ours was outstanding–attentive, friendly and efficient.
We started with the Blue Cheesy Chips, homemade potato chips with a blue cheese sauce and crumbles. The potato chips were crisp and yummy, as was the sauce, but someone in the kitchen had a heavy hand with the black pepper which detracted somewhat from the dish.
I had one of the “Historical Burgers”, the BRGR, a beef patty with caramelized onions mixed into the meat, and topped with mustard and pickles. I ordered it medium rare, which is how it was served, and it was juicy and flavorful. However, I would never have known there were onions inside the burger, and would order grilled onions atop the patty next time. (Perhaps that added to the flavor, but it’s not something I picked up on).
We also ordered a combo of sides, and chose BRGR fries, sweet potato fries and onion straws. They were delightfully presented, on a wood plank, with each portion of fries served in a tin camp cup. (Or perhaps an oil can, in keeping with the service station motif.) The regular fries were excellent, thin and fairly crisp, though the sweet potato fries were thick and didn’t have much taste. The onion straws could have been a bit less limp, but we had no trouble finishing them.
The unisex bathrooms take a little getting used to–the stalls themselves are completely private, but all users share the sinks. There were only women in the bathroom when I used it, but I think it would be a bit awkward otherwise.
Comparisons to Blanc Burger are inevitable, and I’d have to say that though the B.R.G.R burgers are tasty and juicy, the toppings and combinations aren’t as sophisticated as Blanc’s.The menu is much larger, and features many entree salads as well as hot dogs and mac n’cheese. There is a vegetarian burger with lentils, carrots, onions and beets, which is on my list to try next time, a turkey burger, a Portobello mushroom burger, a grilled cheese sandwich and a grilled chicken sandwich, so you don’t have to be a burger lover to enjoy your meal. I hope they add a bison burger at some point, since they are leaner and more healthful than a traditional beef burger.
The latest trend is for restaurants to make their own ketchup, mustard and, in some cases, pickles. While I like Blanc’s homemade offerings, most restaurants’ renditions seem to fall short and B.R.G.R.’s are no exception. Give me Heinz anytime.
With burger places popping up all over the country, Kansas City is certainly getting its fill, but I’m sure residents of Prairie Village are happy to have a restaurant of this quality in their neck of the woods.