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Post Street Ale House

in The Great Burger Chase  · 
 ·  808 W Sprague Ave, 99201

I always found it sort of odd when a restaurant piles the adjectives onto their menu items. Post Street Ale House is a good—or, as it is, bad—example of this, with their best ever cheeseburger. I get it. Playful. But, to me, it is just a promise that you know will go unfulfilled.

Our experiences with the downtown spot have been less than stellar in the past. It's somewhat of a stretch to call yourself an ale house when you serve beer in frosted glasses. Either way, good on Post Street for having Red Chair on nitro, if nothing else.

But, I digress. The burger, the best ever cheeseburger. An unfulfilled promise indeed, although it was at least somewhat better than I had feared.

Hamburger photo

This was actually the first burger we've seen on this great chase that 100% properly came to order: Two medium-rares, one medium. Good job on that.

We were told the patties were made off-site (you know, the way Gordon Ramsay hated it, until he started doing so himself) which I suppose isn't the end of the world. They weren't particularly flavorful, mind you, and the «Ale House sauce» ended up doing most of the talking.

Actually, possibly the best part of the burger were the pickles, and I don't mean that in a snarky way. They were quite tasty, and I'm usually not a pickle kind of guy.

So, not a bad burger, or at least not until you get to the bun.

I've said it before: the bun can make or break a burger, and for Post Street it all went downhill here. The baseline test was, as always, a comparison with Franz's, one that Post Street failed. I can only assume the buns come from Sysco or whatever. Flavorless, dull, almost stale. A complete letdown.

And therefore I have a hard time recommending this $10.50 (add a buck for bacon) burger. It was pretty average, if the bun wasn't in place. If you're forced to hang at Post Street Ale House, this is a safer bet than some of their other choices.

It's not the best ever cheeseburger, then, and not one that places high on this Great Burger Chase of ours.

Photo courtesy of the Great Burger Chase’s official photography studio, Erick Doxey Photography.

Slickrock Burrito

in Restaurant Reviews  · 
 ·  2926 S Grand Blvd, 99203

Slickrock Burrito has been around since about the beginning of time, or, as it is, for as long as I can remember. That actually might not be particularly long, come to think of it, but I digress…

I'm personally not a huge fan of the place, but I can understand why some—many, really—like it. It has its place. Not a place in my heart, but maybe in yours.

The main menu is sorta dull—the handful of choices don't offer much variety—and I tend to think the «build your own» option is your best bet.

I went with the carnitas burrito during my last visit, and had it wrapped in a tomato tortilla. Black beans, rice, sour cream… Pretty much your standard burrito, and I'm OK with that, at least theoretically.

The initial issue I encountered was the carnitas themselves. Allegedly marinated in a tequila base, they came out flavorless and somewhere on the north side of dry.

Slathering on some more sour cream might have made up for that, but then, I actually think they used the perfect amount: just a couple of thin dollops on the tortilla. In that sense, the burrito was kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place, seeing how too much sour cream only serves to mask flavors.

Either way, I doubt better prepared carnitas would have made too much of a difference. There wasn't a whole lot going on in the flavor department, anyway, and it all just felt a bit… spartan? Bland?

On the other hand, one can go «glass half full», and say it had a comfort-food quality to it. You know, kind of like a winter stew. Warm and comforting, but perhaps not too exciting.

Maybe that's why people like Slickrock. It isn't my «thing», but the public in general doesn't seem to be all too supportive of me in that regard. I'm more of an Atilano's man, myself, but I am (somewhat) willing to accept that there being more than one school of burrito appreciation.

Go give Slickrock a try again, if you haven't in a while. It might just be time to figure out where you stand in the great burrito war. You never know what will sway your opinion.