Hi there! Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling lately. This is the start of my reviews from the road; in case you didn’t read my last post I determined that I had sampled a majority of what Vegas had to offer so I’m touring around the US and also many parts of Europe to see what other cities can do to the beloved burger. There have been a few openings in Vegas I need to review soon, but for now you’re going to get an idea of what else is out there.
Today’s post comes from a restaurant called 10 Barrel Brewing Company in Boise, Idaho; my wife’s birthplace and my first destination on this trip. 10 Barrel is located in the heart of downtown Boise, a small but great city with many fully stocked bars and a few more hipsters than I anticipated. The restaurant has a bunch of operable windows that open up to the surrounding streets, and an open, industrial feel inside. Common metal storage racks containing hops and brewing supplies, as well as the stills in the back remind you of exactly what they’re primarily known for. The menu features a wide variety of appetizers, pizzas, salads and your typical bar fare. We stopped by two different times during our visit and ate many great things.
They offer a couple different burgers, I had to try the most interesting sounding one: the peanut butter pepper bacon burger. It comes with exactly what you would think; City Peanut Shop Thai peanut sauce, sambal mayo, house-cured pepper bacon and cilantro. Upon first bite I was happy with the flaky bun; it was lightly grilled and well-proportioned to the patty. The meat was cooked perfectly to medium-rare and had great char flavor. It was a small burger, but I was still very full at the end. It was also very messy; there was not an abundance of peanut sauce, but enough to give it some good peanut flavor. The bacon was good, but not quite crispy enough so it was a tiny bit hard to bite through it cleanly.
The fries weren’t that great; not the freshest oily flavor, and almost seemed of the frozen variety. Too bad as it could have been an overall great burger meal with the right fries. Also given that I was eating in a city where I have had some great fries in the past this was doubly disappointing. This is Idaho, aren’t they known for potatoes? $12.50 for this wasn’t bad at all, and could have been an even better deal with all the right components. The price for their beers on the other hand was a great change from your average drink in Las Vegas; we paid $10 for a 10 beer tasting flight that was the equivalent of 2 1/2 beers! Since I’m now comparing all of my burgers from here on out I will be scoring this in the same scale as everything I’ve done in the past. If you ever make your way to Boise you should definitely check out 10 Barrel Brewing Company for their beers and a wide variety of good food. I reviewed a few other good Boise burgers in the past without giving scores, which you can read about here, here and here.