I love a well-cooked burger. Rare to medium kthksbye!
I tend to go for rare when I really, truly feel like I have descended from cheetahs and must satisfy my bloodlust. I usually order rare as a default, since most places cook their burgers past rare, and it comes out medium/medium-rare. And if I get it rare, cool.
Lame – totally, totally lame. I was really against the whole ‘We won’t cook burgers below medium’ policy a lot of places instated a few years ago. But now, after the years, I have become complacent and will only send back a burger if it’s past medium.
Albany John and I went to B.E.F.F.’s in Delmar a while ago. B.E.F.F.’s stand for Big Ed Fat Fields. Christ, doesn’t that sound like a good name for a place to get a burger?
BEFF’s is located at the 4 corners in Delmar, NY and has parking in the back. It’s pretty easy to figure out, but kind of tricky if you’re not familiar with the lay out.
Half of the restaurant is a bar (on your right when you walk in). On your left is more of a family restaurant, with booths and tables. These are both basically separate rooms from when you walk in the foyer, I’m guessing so that rowdy bar goers don’t disrupt the restaurant patrons. It was pretty quiet when we went, and we were in the bar. There were even some men with their adolescent sons (they weren’t drinking – they looked really bored).
The bar isn’t terribly large, but it has all you need. Bar and stools, and a row of tables and chairs. There was also a really adorable diorama of BEFF’s in the window. We waited for a bit until one of the bartenders came round from the bar and took our order. I got a woodchuck cider – they are insanely tasty. We both ordered rare burgers.
The burgers are $7.75 for a 10 ounce burger and come with a pickle, fries, lettuce, tomato and onion. Albany John added 25 cents to his meal and got crazy fries. I was scared of the ‘crazy fries’ term and got the regular ones. Albany John thought this was a tad high for a pub burger. I have to agree, but we were in Delmar after all.
My burger was darn near raw in the middle if it wasn’t actually raw. Awesome. Albany John’s burger came out pinker, but not really red in the center. And we ordered both of them raw. Eh. It’s not that hard to gauge a burger’s doneness, and you’d think that two burgers ordered at the same doneness would be easy to cook… but I guess not. Maybe one was left on for a few seconds more than the other, or something like that. They were insanely fat, though and oozing burger juices. They were ok, but I feel like they could have tasted beefier. Need more flavor.
Oh, the ‘crazy’ fries – are freaking waffle fries!!!! Had I known that, I would have ordered a double batch of them! I love, love, love waffle fries intensely, and these had a great seasoning on them as well. My regular fries were also really, really good. As a bonus, BEFF’s also has Malt Vinegar! This scores about eight million points with me. God, I love malt vinegar on fries.
Overall, we each had about two drinks and two burgers. The cost was a little over $30 before tip. Service isn’t quick, so don’t eat there in a hurry. But it is friendly and efficient. The food is good, hearty pub fare.
Don’t skip the waffle fries!