Okay, I admit it… I was late to the “8 Oz Burger Bar” party. This place opened, what, 2 years ago? It’s literally 5 minutes from Fanless’ place, yet we had never been too interested in eating there. And in the interest of full disclosure, it’s because we – and I’m quoting Fanless here – “thought it would be douchier.” Yes, we assumed that it was a buttoned-up, richy-rich joint. I can only blame this on the fact that Novecento once existed in its location and we’d been to the Novecento in the Gables. Buttoned-up, richy-rich.
But thanks to the overabundance of group discount sites popping up all over the ‘net, we came across a $20-for-$10 deal for 8 Oz. I figured this was as good a chance as any to try the place out, so I purchased the coupon. It sat, unused, in my wallet for several months. I finally pulled it out the other day and noticed that it would be expiring within a couple of weeks so we finally used it this past weekend.
Right off the bat, we realized that our assumptions of 8 Oz Burger Bar were waaaaay off. It is not, at all, a douchey, buttoned-up place. It’s actually super-casual and relaxed. Kind of like Dewey’s. But with more lighting. And less smoke.
(Disclaimer: Pictures are crappy as my camera’s memory card broke – literally; a piece of it snapped off – and I had to take pics with my phone.)
We got there at an odd time – not quite lunch, not quite dinner – so they weren’t busy and we were seated right away. They have a pretty decent selection of different beers (not sure if they are considered craft beers or not, but they had a nice variety), but I just ordered a Coke. Fanless had an IPA Dogfish Head beer (I think it was this one). I tried it but it was a little bitter for me.
He actually got a little buzz off the one beer, but I think that’s because he hadn’t eaten.
They have several flat screen TVs that go all the way around the main dining area, and were showing a variety of different sports programming. Football highlights, the Heat game, even college cheerleading and gymnastics competitions. (Oh, and there’s our server, Sarah. The redhead. She was very sweet. Hi, Sarah!)
The bar is located just behind the main dining area and, as you can see, it looks pretty well-stocked.
I had the “8 Oz Burger”, which is one of their “house blends” (per their website, “house blend consists of sirloin, tri-tip, short rib and chuck cured in our Himalayan salt-tiled locker"). The burger was delicious. I asked for it well done, and it was still tender and juicy; not at all burnt or dried-out. I didn’t even add any condiments to it, just the vegetable toppings included, and it still had a good flavor to it. I also substituted the french fries for the stout-battered onion rings. So good! They were huge, super-crispy, and the batter had a slight sweetness to it that was just perfect.
Fanless ordered the Bison Burger with Kennebec french fries. I tried his burger and it was AWESOME! Oh my… The meat was so tender it practically melted in your mouth. The burger was topped with roasted garlic tomato, fried onions, and bacon crumble blue cheese dressing. It sounds like a lot of flavors, but trust me, the blend was just perfect. All of the toppings worked together to enhance the flavor of the meat without overwhelming it. The fries were really good, too. Really crispy and light, with just a light dusting of seasonings. Think “Five Guys” Lite.
We were both really happy with our meals and even had leftovers to take home (the burgers are piled high) for later. I would definitely recommend checking out 8 Oz Burger Bar at least once. We even agreed that we were adding it our local favorites list. And to think… we’d never have gone had it not been for Living Social!