Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Eaten: (the) Dutch Boy Burger

Ignore the terrible quality of the photograph -- the food was delicious.

The lady and I decided to sample Dutch Boy Burger on Sunday night, which proved to be a rewarding experience. There's a far better write-up from New York Magazine here, but three points are worth repeating: the ingredients are high-quality and locally-sourced (the menu goes as far as to thank the butchers and bakers on the back page), the food is tasty, and the atmosphere, though currently truncated by the ongoing building-code drama, is lovely. I went for the Dutch Boy Burger (what else could I have ordered, really?), just under a half-pound of beef smothered in onions, mushrooms, and cheese that satisfied my craving nicely. The lady had the mac and cheese, which was a little on the small side for $6, but very tasty. The side of fries was particularly good, straddling the exterior/interior crispy/mushy divide well with the lightest hint of seasoning. Other reviews, including support for the veggie burger, are popping up on Brooklynian, and several people I spoke to raved about the feta-stuffed lamb burger.

We ordered out because we wanted to eat in the beer garden around the corner, but as soon as the code/permit issues are resolved, you'll be able to order directly from the staff at the bar and in the garden, and the kitchen will be open until 1 AM (no small victory for those in need of late-night bites in Crown Heights). There isn't room for more than a few tables in the little storefront, but the retro decor (including the sign!) is perfect, just right for sharing a milkshake.

In short, Dutch Boy is a most welcome addition to the avenue, though you didn't need me to tell you that. Swing by sometime soon if you haven't already.

22 comments:

  1. my bf and I are there on friday.

    the burgers were delicious - I had a classic, he had a dutch boy.

    unfortunately, we had the shakes which were not great - very watery. his was so bad he took it back and they made him a new one. it was better, but still not great.

    we'd go back for the burgers and fries though!!

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  2. I think that places like dutch boy and pulp and bean are just what we needed. Great businesses that employ people, while helping to better the ave.

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  3. I want to like the place.., BUT the fries are way too salty and the lamb burger was just so so. Hope they can improve on that.

    Franklin Ave. needs all the help it can get, so I hope this place pans out.

    *note* I wonder if the saltiness is for the FP patrons to order more beer?

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  4. Tried this place for the first time last night... couldn't have been happier.

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  5. Someone tell me what they think of the veggie burger!

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  6. My roommate and I went last night (we live around the corner). It was ok... My burger was pretty good, but I asked for medium-rare and it was definitely well done. Also it seemed a little expensive, and didn't come with fries. Her mac and cheese was good, but like you say a little over-priced for what she got. And her milkshake was really water-y, big rip-off! I want to love this place, and hope they work out the kinks once they're open a little longer.

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  7. I had the veggie burger -- I liked it a lot (good black-bean base, versus random vegetable chunks I guess) and topping it with cheese was good (great cheese selection!) but I think if I didn't add the lettuce and onions it would have lacked any crunch and been a bit softer/soggier than I would prefer. The bun was great.

    That said, while it was good (and super close to my apartment!) it was $8.50 plus $1 for cheese...which is a bit steep. For 2 veggie burgers with cheese, 1 order of fries, and two small mugs of beer, it was TWENTY-EIGHT DOLLARS. Now, I will pay that for great food, but for good food? That just seems a bit steep to me for it to become a "Regular" place. I miss Homage because we could get a veggie burger with cheese, a tofu burger with cheese, 2 order of fries and 2 beers for more like $19 - which may only be $8 less, it's almost 1/3 less of the price.. That said, we'll be back, but not as often a I would have wished.

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  8. My boyfriend and myself stopped by last night. He had a burger with bacon and cheese on it (not sure of the menu-name for it) and I had the veggie burger. Much like the comments above, the food was okay. It was a little too pricey for our budget, especially because, for $8.50, all you get is a smallish burger. If they would throw in a side (even something as simple as chips) it would have made us feel like we were getting a better deal. We defiantly headed home to make some sweet-potato fries after eating, as we were still pretty hungry.

    The service was slow (30 minutes for our food) and the girl working was a little rude, but I understand, as with any new business, they are still working out the kinks and getting organized. We were very excited about this place, as the neighborhood does need more food options, as we are big fans of Franklin Park. But for what they are charging for just the burger, this is unfortunately not a place we can visit as mush as we would have liked.

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  9. I haven't tried it yet, but as to the price issue, I don't see any way around it. They're getting top quality, personally-ground meat from Los Paisanos...which is expensive enough when you go buy the meats there yourself. What's the other option? Frozen patties? I'm sure they are painfully aware of their pricing scheme and how much this market is willing to handle. 67 Burger in Ft Greene charges similar prices for non-premium meat. A place like Bark over on Bergen has been able to get by so far with their premium-ingredient hot-dogs... but I don't know if this will fly on Franklin.

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  10. Based on these comments, I wonder why the burgers don't taste very good if they are sourcing from top quality people...hmm.

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  11. We would love to support the business, and plan to eat there every once in while (perhaps every few months) but simply cannot afford to eat there at the current prices. But, good for them if they are able to stay in business and flourish at their current prices, we just will not be able to join the fun.

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  12. 2:17pm makes a good point.. But I will eat at Bark twice as often because their food is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Here it just is fine. Not bad, but not great. If it gets better, then I won't balk at the price -- I have no problem paying more for good ingredients and food, but not for just Ok food.

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  13. Maybe frozen patties are best for this neighborhood. LOL

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  14. Hmmmmm,

    Seems like quality of the food for the price is an issue.

    For the $14 I paid for the lamb burger and fries, I can go to Park Slope for a better tasting, more nutritious Thai meal.

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  15. Meat products are resource intensive foods and cost quite a bit more than what you typically find in Thai food, so not really the best comparison on price v quality.

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  16. It's a fair comparison of price and quality, especially when I'm comparing the meat based Thai dinners to the burgers.

    Dutch Boy has an over priced ho, hum burger. Hopefully, this will change.

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  17. Why is no one talking about how ddrryyyy the patty is?? I went there on sunday too and had high expectations, ordered my patty medium and it came overly well done! This was they driest, most unseasoned burger i've had in my life!!:(

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  18. From what I gather, it sounds like things are hit or miss right now. I had a perfectly serviceable burger--nothing to write home about, but satisfying, and it definitely wasn't dry or overdone. Hopefully these are just growing pains.

    As for the price, I must've been in NYC too long, because the cost seemed pretty standard to me. Is there any place to get a decent burger significantly cheaper than this nearby? Homage, rest its soul, was certainly less expensive, but I can't think of any other place.

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  19. Zaytoons and the wonderful Tom's Diner on Washington Ave and the 5th Ave Deli in Park Slope.

    Many more, but these are the first three off the top of my head.

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  20. Zaytoons, Tom's Diner and the 5th Deli are not in our neighborhood. Besides, I think we should give Dutch Boy a break IT JUST OPENED! I am sure the burgers and shakes will taste better as they settle in.

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  21. But they ALL deliver to our neighborhood!

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  22. Just had the veggie burger...ick. Mushy, bland pattie. But then again, a burger place isn't exactly veggie friendly in the first place! I suppose I'm glad they even have a veggie option!

    I agree with the other person about Bark. They source from top-quality places AND their food is so good. Honestly, I thought that Dutch Boy was trying to do for burgers what Bark did with hot dogs and produce high quality, locally sourced items....but a lot of people say that the quality isn't matching up to the prices. Honestly, I wish the Bark people would make a burger place! That place is well run and the food is so good. Their prices are justified!

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