Friday, July 30, 2010

July's Better Denver Burger #2: The Royal (Park Burger)

So if anyone is to blame for the "Denver Burger Buzz" lately, it's Park Burger.  Obviously I had to find out why, as my South Denver friends never stop talking about it. Recently hailed by Bon Appetit as one of "The Top 10 Best New Burger Joints", I'm personally surprised we even got a seat in this humbly small little burger joint on South Pearl. 

Granted, we were there during the World Cup Final, but I'm not complaining. As we waited for our friends Taylor and Deanne (who is an incredible artist by the way), we dove right into a basket of fries and a cold one.  Imagine how giddy I got when I saw that they drug the Hoffbrau Dunkel all the way from Munich. Being that it's been a handful of years since I had the heavenly draught on tap, I had to indulge (even if in bottle).

So this little place is definitely special, and there's more to it than your typical neighborhood beefery. Jean-Philippe Failyau brings his forte of fine dining and extends it into a very simple menu, focusing on every last ingredient. Once again, someone who does a few things, and does them very well.  That strategy normally works out.

Today I gravitated to the ParkBurger Royal on the recommendation of our server (It was either that or the BBQ Burger which Jess opted for). Silly me, should I not have gone for the burger that received national recognition? Either way, you know how blue is my favorite color cheese. So I went for the one with loads of it on top. 

Also adorning this patty is a mound of deeply caramelized onions, and bacon. Sweet, salty, and savory but not for the faint of heart. Seriously LOTS of blue cheese on this one, and maybe even a little too much for me. I can't believe I just said that. My only other comment is that this bun was screaming for some more toast.

All that to say, I also had a taste of the BBQ burger, which was very good. Rocking the deep, smoky flavor for sure.

Needless to say, I'm unsure as to which entry they will be boasting at next month's Denver Burger Battle. But what I do know is that next time, I will prepare to conquer the basic Park Burger. Bring it on, Jean-Philippe. Dish It Up.

Cost: 7.75
Fries and other sides come a la carte (3.25-3.75/basket)
Buffalo and veggie options available
Park Burger on Urbanspoon


  1. Mike - I had the same experience the first time. The blue was too overpowering for how good the rest of the burger is. Give the ParkBurger a shot - it's a totally different taste and yes - delicious.
    They'll be entering the ElChilango Burger. Cheddar and jalepenos.

  2. Good to know I'm not the only one. Get that rap sheet up Jeremy, looking forward to the 17th!