So there I am, finally eating all healthy, whole grains and carbs, veggies and fruits, meats and proteins and blah blah blah, and also working out and running. Yeah, I’m all proud, and , wait? Am I starting to see a trace of stomach muscle? OH YEAH. And then where do we go? Just the most perfect pig out spot in Paramus New Jersey: Bobby’s Burger Palace.
And yes, it was created by Bobby Flay. I found out about this place while watching the Food Network‘s (and yes, also the Cooking Channel now that we bought an upgrade!) The Best Thing I Ever Ate. They were doing an episode about burgers, and Claire Robinson, the host on Five Ingredient Fix (It’s amazing how many things I remember off the top of my head) was fantasizing and going crazy about a burger with potato chips. Yup. Burgers and chips. Now why didn’t we think of that, Bobby Flay?
Then Claire Robinson mentions the location, and I’m thinking “Paramus? It’s so close to us! We MUST leave right now.” And we did, 3 days later.There are only 5 restaurants so far in the U.S., and 2 of them are in New Jersey.
Anyhoot, it was pretty awesome. The vibe was all perky because of the green and orange palette, and all you have to do to order is go up to the counter, tell’em what you want, they’ll give you a number and then bring it right to you. Since I’ve been obsessed with barbecue sauce lately, especially since I had just tried my first pulled pork at Chili’s a couple of weeks before, I inevitably got the Dallas Burger (spice crusted/cole slaw/monterey jack/BBQ sauce/pickles). You also get to choose angus beef, ground turkey, or chicken breast. I got turkey cooked to medium well. And I almost forgot, ANY burger can be crunchified, which basically means they’ll throw on a handful of chips and stick the whole thing together with a stick. All of our burgers were crunchified, fyi.
Mom got the Buffalo Style, Claire Robinson’s favorite. (red hot sauce/blue cheese dressing/watercress)
Yes. That’s the stuff. You eat it by compressing the chips with slight pressure with your hands, so that you can get some of those chips in every bite. My family and I all agreed that the burger was just the right size, juicy, good bun, and that we want to eat another one. I think this is my mom’s new obsession. Before before, it was carrot cake, before it was Red velevet cake with cream cheese (which is by the way insanely sweet and luscious for a cake made at Costco), and now this. I could probably go for another one right now, actually.
Besides their burgers, they had an assortment of sauces you could put on your burger and experiment with. Burger sauce, chipotle sauce, and jalapeno (goes from sweet to hot), just to name a few. I’ve also developed a new love for sweet potato fries, especially with that tangy honey mustard horseradish sauce they pair with it (ate them all before I could take a picture). So much better than french fries…