Monday, September 9, 2013

Veggie Burger at Lux Lounge

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When I dropped by Lux Lounge fairly early last Friday (around 5pm), it was still too early for any sort of after-work bar crowd, and I think I was the only person to order any food at the time (this will be important later).

The "Veggie option" for the burger was not on the printed menu, and I was told that they were in the process of changing the menu, and the veggie burger wasn't being phased out. There were a few veggie patties left, however, so it was still available.

De-Lux Burger $14.50 (Veggie option $12.50) House Made Beef Patty, Lettuce, Tomato, Sautéed Onions, Mushrooms, Bacon & Cheddsar Cheese topped off with House Mayo & a side of Crunchy House Cut Fries or Crispy Garden Salad
  • The burger itself was decently put together. Two things jumped out at me right away:
    • One, it was just lukewarm. I think mine was the only food order at the time, I guess I really had hoped for a bit more attention. Like, how about a freshly hot patty?
    • Two, if the patty were house-made, it was the most perfectly shaped house-made patty I'd ever seen. It was probably from a pack of something bought somewhere. This may or may not irk you depending on whether you expect every food establishment to make everything from scratch--but honestly, do you expect all buns to be baked on site too?
  • Sautéed onions was a nice touch and something I don't often see. Other than that, the burger itself was decently composed. The fries looked a bit dark (but not burnt) and were OK, but something about them was just not as good as your typical order of double-fried french fries.
For $12.50 it seems a bit steep for someone to put together a burger for you using some sort of prefab patty. In any case, since it's going to be off the menu, vegetarians may want to consider a $9 Three Cheese Melt (with arugula) from American Cheesesteak Company around the corner, or, if you are early enough, a vegan burger from the Loving Hut Express food cart.

For vegetarians, Lux Lounge may be better just for drinks, ambiance, and the free-to-use pool table.

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