Monday, October 31, 2011
Burger - Burger patties are thin (I would guess 3oz.) and cooked on a griddle to a perfectly juicy medium. The buns are a bit dense, which helps create a solid foundation for what is a fairly greasy burger. A single burger is not enough, and the double may be just a little too much. Cheese options are sliced cheddar, american or swiss. Standard toppings include leafy romaine, thinly sliced raw onion, tomato, and pickle. Condiments are self applied at the table.
Fries/Rings/Sides - Fries are thin, hot, crispy, salty. When Tru first opened I thought they short changed you with a small amount of fries, but the mountain of fries in my basket last week proved that is no longer the case. Onion rings are absent from the menu. Chili is available as an addition to fries or in a bowl on its own.
Sauce - Tru Sauce is a thick, deep, dark sauce which tastes like A1 on steroids - salty, peppery, and redolent of Asian fish sauce and/or worcestershire. It's an umami thing that pairs very well with grilled onions. Personally though, I prefer mayo-based.
Service/Ambience - The old gelato parlor on Oak Street has the feel of the dining room in a fast food joint and the color scheme to match. Counter service is always smiling and friendly. Food comes out hot, fast, and fresh.
Lagniappe - Big bonus points for serving milkshakes, which are a bargain at $3.50 for a ginormous size. My only gripe is that they use vanilla ice cream for all flavors, but maybe others think that a chocolate shake made from chocolate ice cream would be too rich. I really, really like the Zweigle's hot dog served in the soft, toasted bun.
Price - Single is $4.50 and the Double is $6.50. Add $0.50 for cheese. Fries are $1.99 a la carte.
Overall Assessment - Burger - good. Fries - good. Shake - good. But for me personally, Tru Burger is the most utilitarian of the new burger specialists. It's a burger that I seek out more for sustenance as opposed to satisfying a craving. Where Tru shines brightest is with the specialty burgers, like the Uptowner topped with goat cheese, roasted tomato, arugula, and garlic aioli. But when it comes to your basic burger and fries, Tru and my personal preferences just don't mesh well.
Tru Burger - Par/Birdie
8115 Oak Street
Tues-Thur 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat till 10pm; Sun till 8pm. Closed Mon.