Craving burgers and having heard quite a bit of chatter about Short Order’s version in the past months, I really needed to try it. So, I grabbed a food blogger friend, who surprisingly hadn’t had it either, and went on a quiet Tuesday night; there’s no way am I going to contend with the weekend Grove crowd.
When we arrived, there was ample seating upstairs, but we decided to settle at the bar, and the one thing that immediately caught my eye was their whisk(e)y selection. Whoever stocked the place has great taste! I usually have beer with burgers but when I spotted a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle on the top shelf….yea, there was no way I was going to pass on this opportunity. For those not familiar, Pappy Van Winkle is among the critically-acclaimed wheat bourbons on the market and it’s also one of the scarcest, normally selling for twice its MSRP. Having been unsuccessful in acquiring a bottle of my own, I happily paid a reasonable amount for a dram of the 15 year old (you can see it pictured next to the ketchup below), which is not only bottled at a higher proof, it’s in my opinion, better than the older and pricier 20- and 23- year old. After savoring the first sips, I turned my attention to the food….
Between the two of us, we tried three burgers – The signature Short Order (pictured left), of course, Nancy’s Backyard Burger (foreground), and Amy’s Turkey Burger (in the back).
Between the bun, the Short Order burger comprised of a grass-fed beef patty, slice of semi-soft Morbier cheese, griddled mushrooms, some Bibb lettuce, and mustardy mayo, which made this standout from other burgers I’ve had. It was a good start.
In lieu of fries, we had the Short Order Spuds, which were asymmetrically torn chunks of fried potatoes, with their dipping sauce (sour cream? with bacon bits on top). Sinfully yum.
Next, I became acquainted with Amy’s Turkey Burger, which was good for a turkey burger. The organic turkey patty was accompanied by sage cheddar cheese, celery, leeks, and more mustardy mayo… they really like their mustardy mayo here.
Finally, saving the best for last, I savored every bite of Nancy’s Backyard Burger, which had a special blended patty and came with thick slabs of artisan bacon, slice of comté cheese, avocado mash, grilled onions, a slice of tomato, iceberg lettuce, and spicy mayo. My friend and I both agreed this was the best burger of the three we had that night. It was simple and had the standard condiments, albeit a bit fanciful…. It was familiar with some added class.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Short Order. I’ll definitely come back on another weeknight.
Link: Short Order