Bobby's Burger Palace

For my birthday, my hubby took me out for a burger! Shocking, right? (I may have become a bit too predictable as every time we go out to eat, I am only interested in burgers and fries.)

We hit Bobby's Burger Palace for the first time, visiting the location inside the Maryland Live Casino in the Arundel Mills Mall. I have to admit, I'm a mega-fan of Bobby Flay. As far as I'm concerned, the man can do no wrong. Not that I know anything about his personal life. I just know he can cook like nobody's business. And he's a handsome devil.

This is not a sit-down restaurant. It's more like an elevated version of McDonald's. So "palace" is a bit of a misnomer, a massive exaggeration, or possibly a joke. You stand in line to order, and the choices are fairly limited. This makes things pretty easy. You can get a burger or a "griddled" cheese sandwich. There were about 8 different burgers on offer today, including the "special" Napa burger with goat cheese. The L.A. burger features avocado, cheddar, and tomato. I selected the Dallas which has cole slaw, BBQ sauce, and pickles. You can get your burger "crunchified" for free, so why wouldn't you? (This means potato chips on top.) My hubby got the Cuban, which is a burger pressed with ham, cheese, and pickles.

The sides include regular fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings. The beverages on offer were  sodas, bottled beers, shakes (with alcohol added, if you wish) and iced tea.

My burger was cooked perfectly (medium, still pink, juicy) and the bun was sturdy enough to handle the number of toppings. However, I thought the amount of each topping, and the overall size of the burger, were both on the stingy side. My husband's Cuban burger looked even smaller than mine when it arrived, and appeared lonely on its white plastic plate, although it was accompanied by a pickle slice. (He made short order of it, which is why there are no photos!!!) The side of onion rings was also small--about 5-6 rings--and the coating was crunchy but not especially flavorful. We would have preferred a beer batter. The sweet potato fries were good, not crispy but very tasty, and I liked the horseradish mustard sauce on the side.

The total came to $30 for our two burgers, two sides, and two drinks (iced tea and a diet coke) which I found quite expensive for something as casual as this place. The quality of the food is good, but the servings are small and the atmosphere is definitely lacking--loud music, plastic seats, large tables designed for sharing. I doubt I'd go out of my way to revisit this burger place.