Thursday, February 16, 2012


What better way to reanimate this blog than with a visit to neighborhood fave Bareburger? I'm happy to report that on a recent visit, this pioneer of the burgeoning Astoria burger scene is as tasty as ever.

Weirdly, I don't much care for their veggie burger. It can't hold a candle to, say, 5 Napkin's. No, the real draw here for the non-carnivore is the portabella sandwich. Normally, a big ol' slab of 'shroom on bread would not appeal, but Bareburger does something magical to theirs. It's marinated in balsamic vinegar, cooked to the perfect tender-chewiness, and topped with onions, roasted red peppers, and baby spinach. You can get it on brioche, but I always go for multigrain bread. It makes me feel less guilty about my favorite part of the sandwich: the Danish blue cheese. Granted, I'd probably eat a hubcap if you put gorgonzola on it, but half an ounce or so of moldy dairy goodness makes this sandwich something special. (Vegans: I think it would still hold up without the cheese, though I haven't been able to bring myself to try it.)

Dr. Science and I generally share the sandwich and one of the large salads, most of which are meat-free. The other veggie options, while not quite so virtuous, are also delicious: take, for example, the kick-ass fries, which come with three kinds of dipping sauce. (May I recommend the chipotle mayo?) And don't get me started on the thick-cut, perfectly crisp onion rings. Really, please don't.

Bareburger's beverage list is also good: Maine Root sodas and several great, reasonably priced beers on tap. And then there are the milkshakes. I suspect I could make a meal out of the peanut butter and chocolate one.

The 31st Ave. location is usually packed with 20something Astorians, families, and, yes, middle-aged couples. Service is consistently friendly and efficient.

I have to admit, I'm a little sad this place has turned into a chain (they've even got a branch in shudder Brooklyn). But I guess Astoria can't keep all the good stuff to itself.

33-21 31st Ave. (the one I go to, anyway)

Veg friendliness

Food quality



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