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Mr. Monkey left his old job for greener pastures not long ago, and his awesome former co-workers treated us to dinner at Govind Armstrong's 8oz. Burger Bar.
The lighting is a nightmare for food photography but provides just the right vibe with all the hustle and bustle.
Apple pie shake -- apple pie filling, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon crumbles ($4).
Sweet potato chips ($4).
Not worth $4. Skip.
Fried olives stuffed with chorizo ($5).
Decent, especially given my distaste for olives. Chorizo makes everything tolerable.
Croquettes -- chicken, potato, peas, carrots ($7).
Strange flavor...or lack thereof. Not so great. Japanese croquettes are far superior.
Truffled potato skins ($4).
Loved these! Get these! Hip hip hooray!
Stout-battered onion rings ($4).
Fine. Nothing special.
Brussels sprouts and bacon ($4).
Quite yummy. Worth ordering. I think I'm developing a Brussels sprouts addiction.
Short rib grilled cheese, onion marmalade, Bel Paese cheese ($8).
Fanfuckingtastic. Seriously fanfuckingtastic. The best thing here. Yes, not a burger.
The 8 oz. -- house blend, iceberg, pickle, tomato, white onion, special sauce ($10).
The house blend consists of sirloin, tri-tip, short rib, and chuck. I can't remember if Mr. Oro added Bel Paese or cave-aged Gruyere ($1), but he seemed to enjoy it.
The Melrose -- 6 oz. house blend, wild baby arugula, garlic roasted tomatoes, red onion marmalade ($8).
This was my burger, and I think I chose well. A tad smaller than the eponymous burger, this was the perfect size for me. I added fried mozzarella ($1) to my burger, taking it to a whole 'nother level. I had a fine time eating this.
Turkey burger, sauteed mustard greens, bacon, horseradish, dijonnaise, 8 oz. special sauce, tomato, onion, pickle ($8).
Mrs. Oro doesn't eat red meat, so she opted for this and added fried mozzarella ($1) as well. I'm pretty sure fried mozzarella elevates almost any hand-held entree.
The burger of the month -- lamb ($12).
Mr. Monkey went for the special with cave-aged Gruyere ($1). I thought my beefy meal was better, but that's not to say this lamb burger wasn't tasty, too. Even so, I recommend going for the cow because it's juicier.
Mr. Monkey and I are so lucky to have made such wonderful friends through his old job. Thank you for such a fun night!