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A spoon of bread.
A spoon of bread.

Perched on a corner in East Liberty is a fancy little spot called Spoon. Apparently it comes from the same people behind BRGR, which is supposed to have some pretty good burgers, but I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it yet. But, without knowing Spoon’s origins and simply taking a look at the fancy prices of the place, I decided to order their burger.

But first we had ourselves a basket of their bread, which was pretty spectacular. There were three varietals, one cornbread, another somehow filled with a type of cheese and the other pretty normal. All were great. For reals.

Does this interest you?
Does this interest you?

But as for the burger, it was creatively called the Spoon Burger and was made of some fancy beef and topped with white cheddar according to the menu. It also came with parmesan/herb fries. Plus, the waitress was smart enough to inform me it also came with lettuce, tomato and onion on the side and I made sure to order without. I got the burger cooked medium-rare. Crazy enough, you could drop an extra 12 bucks on the already $15 burger to “indulge” in foie gras. I passed on that for some reason.

Some of this flavor would have been great in the burger.
Some of this flavor would have been great in the burger.

The burger turned out to also have a pickle along with it. Fortunately this wasn’t on top, but shit, that’s not cool. The burger itself was nice and juicy with well-melted cheese, but truthfully pretty boring. I didn’t find the fancy beef to be anything special and perhaps if the burger were closer to $10 I would have been happy, but I can definitely say it is not worth the price tag. The fries were pretty tasty, but come on, any fries this side of poutine aren’t enough to make up for a boring burger.

If you come for the fancy stuff, you’ll probably leave happy like my wife and her friend did. But you can find a better burger elsewhere.