Delux has a reputation for serving one of the best burgers in Phoenix. On a mid afternoon well after the usual lunch hour crunch, I had a opportunity to stop in and enjoy the place almost to myself with fast prompt service.
The Delux Burger
This didn't smack me with a sense of beauty or awe upon arrival. I thought it too dainty. Delux recommends it medium rare, I had ordered it medium rare, and it arrive medium rare. However for a thin to medium thickness patty like this, medium rare doesn't work because the outside is merely browned, lacking the time required to give it a desirable lighted charred crust.
The patty was too much on the cool side and a hotter exterior would have been preferred. The patty was moist, juicy, and tender but leaning on the airy side. The burger had a moderately beefy taste but even more prominent was the caramelized onion. The bacon flavor was always in the background, not dominant but getting notice. The arugula provided for a chewy and occasionally stinging note.
- Bun: demi-baguette. It was a little drier, heftier, and chewy than I anticipated.
- Toppings: caramelized onions & small bits of applewood smoked bacon, baby arugula
- Cheese: Gruyere and Maytag bleu
- Meat: Niman Ranch all natural grain feed
- Price: $10.95
- Rating: 9.0.