Indulgent lunch a few weeks ago – when a friend is stressed, you go have a steakhouse burger with him. The Smith & Wollensky burger – available at both the grill and the restaurant, though it’s 50c more at the restaurant – clocks in at $17.50 before tip/tax. Cheese and bacon are both available without an upcharge, so even if you don’t want to eat your burger with bacon, you can just get it and eat it on the side. Like I did.
The fries are served in a cute mini-toque, but are sadly soggy, though well-seasoned. They served basically for when I tired of holding the monster burger in front of me.
The burger itself was cooked to our specifications, but you’ll have to forgive me: I do not like such large burgers. They are hard for me to eat, since I have a physically small mouth, and oftentimes I get tired of chewing hunks of meat on meat on meat. It had a really good sear, but lacked punch or much flavor on its own; did they salt the patty at all? I found it much more palatable once I’d added all of the pickles from both my and my friend’s plates (he doesn’t like pickles; I didn’t deny him the option) to give it a little juiciness and salty brininess.
Our service was attentive without being overbearing. It was a nice place to spend lunch if you’re looking for a relaxing lunch, and I’m pretty sure a football or golf pro (like a coach or announcer, not a football player) was at the table next to us. I just couldn’t figure out his name. Personally, my tastes run differently, so I’m unlikely to return unless pressed into dining companion service by a friend again.