I stopped in at Bob’s Burgers and Brew on South Hill, now entering its third week of operation, and found a few things worth noting about the Washington-based chain that is new to the South Sound.
First, the restaurant charbroils its burgers, which are made from ground chuck, and the kitchen did a mighty fine job of evenly marking the burger with crisscross grill marks. Second, the restaurant offers a choice of potato wedge jo-jos along with fries and rings. Given a choice, pick potato wedges over fries, which I found had a very short shelf life before cooling to a chewy texture.
I went simple for a first visit, sticking with the plain Jane classic 6-ounce broiled burger ($8.99) and paid a 99 cent charge for cheddar. My burger was layered high on a pillowy bun that spent no time on a toaster or griddle (I prefer a little crunch on my bun). Smeared with a mayo-based burger sauce, the layering of the burger was just right with crinkle-cut pickle chips, sliced tomatoes and shredded iceberg. A note about that bun - although it wasn't toasted and the texture tasted plenty soft, it was sturdy enough to hold up to that six-ounce patty.
Here’s something unexpected. My fries and burgers weren’t seasoned, which our server thoughtfully warned before we ordered. Shaking salt onto the fries was an easy fix - your server will even offer you a shaker full of a seasoning blend - but deconstructing the burger to add seasoning was tricky and probably something better left to the kitchen. My tip: Ask them if they will season your patty and your fries - unless you’re watching your sodium intake, of course. Is it just me, or does it seem weird to not season a burger patty?
The restaurant lists a menu of more than 25 burgers (beef and chicken) and specializes in family-friendly dining. Speaking of kids, the restaurant, which was operating at nearly full capacity, was so loud on my visit that even the screaming toddler near me didn’t register much above the din. I felt as if I needed sound protection for portions of my meal - you’ve been warned.
Curious about the offerings? I snapped pictures of the menus, complete with prices, which you won’t find on the restaurant’s website. Take a look below.
Bob’s Burgers and Brews15706 Meridian E., Puyallup, 253-268-0496