Oct 3, 2012
After our meal at La Tasca, we had planned to have dinner with all my family that lives in Maryland (I think all together there was around 15 of us) at Bobby's Burger Palace at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland (which happens to be the town my Aunt live in, and going to BBP was her suggestion). Like most cooks in the business, I'm not the world's biggest Bobby Flay fan, but I don't dislike him either (okay, I'll admit I have referred to him in the past as Bobby Flagrant and Bobby Souffle, the latter referring to his ego being puffed up). I first heard of his fast casual burger concept when he opened one in Paramus, NJ, which may have actually been the first location, but I'm not sure. We were still pretty full when we got there, so I tried to order as light as possible while still being able to try the food.
I got the L.A. Burger, which has avocado "relish", watercress, cheddar cheese and tomato on it. It cost $7.75, well above a typical fast food burger but cheaper than a burger in a more upscale formal dining establishment. Price-wise, it's pretty much on par with a diner burger, and that's kind of where the quality stands as well (not in a bad way). This more upscale and somewhat guilt-free (as far as practices, not calories) version of fast food follows in the footsteps of Shake Shack. Since I personally abstain from consuming almost any form of commercial fast food for moral and health reasons, I can occasionally indulge in the flavors I grew up with as a typical American by going to these type of fast casual restaurants. While Shake Shake serves it's burgers medium unless otherwise requested, BBP takes temps. This should be a good thing, but places like this don't usually have the caliber of cooks it would take to nail temps on a thin 4 ounce burger, so you should probably pretend you are at Red Robin and be content to have "some pink" as opposed to "no pink".
I ordered mine medium-rare, and even though it came out medium, I still enjoyed it. My cousin ordered his medium, and it came out close to rare. But hey, what are you gonna do?
I must have forgot I was in a casino, because I thought the frozen cactus margarita was going to be weak. Boy was I wrong. They must have really been hoping for me to hit the slots because this was the strongest margarita I've ever had, it's beyond me how it even stayed frozen with that much booze in it. It was a challenge just to wash down food with it... but other than that, better strong than weak.
Most chefs and people in general are crazy about fries being as crispy as possible, but I have a secret guilty pleasure involving limp fries. Not all limp fries, but sometimes they are just limp in a good way... like these fries. The fry sauce was really good too, I couldn't really place what was in it but it was more than just mayo and ketchup.
All I really had room left for after that was an onion ring. And it was good, thick cut like a diner or steakhouse onion ring instead of thin like a frozen fast food onion ring. It could have used it's own special sauce like the fries though.
Maybe Bobby isn't so bad after all... I kind of like this place for what it is.
7002 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076