Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Weary Traveler Freehouse - Madison, WI

Weary Traveler clientele appear to be to post college hipster independents on the fringe, shunning the mainstream but not quite.  All that's immaterial because all that matters is the food.  It's another eatery that gets good reviews.  Would it live up the hype?

Things got off to a good start when I spotted Cock N' Bull Ginger Beer on the menu.  And it was offered in bottles no less!  I couldn't believe it.  Fantastic!

Hungarian Goulash.  I had the burger first so this tasted bland to me.  My cohort had this first and said it was great.  To me, the veggies were undercooked, it was spicy without much flavor, and the meat was midway between chewy and tender and again bland.  I can't do a fair assessment on this one but given what it was, I would not reorder it.

Bob's (Organic) Bad Breath Burger

Ordered medium, it arrived just a little north of medium. That didn't affect its bold beefy char broiled taste nor its juiciness. The patty was neither too dense nor too light but just melted cleanly in the mouth.  The cream cheese provided a unexpectedly creamy smoothness. The carmelized onions provided sweetness and slight snap.  Everything with the exception of the bun worked synergistically to provide a great burger. The weakness and a significant one was the bun which was nondescript, dry, and starchy. 
  • Bun: White, dense enough to hold all the parts together.
  • Toppings: Carmelized onion, tomato, green goddess dressing, garlic, and Pickapeppa Sauce
  • Cheese: Cream cheese
  • Meat: half pound hand packed fresh ground Lange Farms organic Wisconsin beef, medium
  • Cost: $10.75
  • Rating:  9.4
Without a doubt, this is the best burger I've had to date in Wisconsin.  If Weary Traveler were to change their bun to maybe a great ciabatta roll, I believe the Bad Breath Burger would be on the list of best burgers in the US.

The atmosphere is a little too wannabe hipster and pretentious.

Restroom Rating:  Didn't use.

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