Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Deep Fried Burger (Swifty's in Delmar)
So, I was down at Swifty's in Delmar the other day. I don't care what anyone says, I still miss Beff's. I am suspicious of the new decor and I have found that Swifty's hasn't quite matched the execution of the guilty pleasure type of food that Beff's (Swifty's used to be a Beff's location, if you didn't know) does so well. But Swifty's happens to be the only place that has outside seating and is within walking distance of my dwelling. So I must give credit where credit is due. It ain't a bad place to suck down a glass of beer.
Anyhow, I have eaten at Swifty's several times and kind of glanced over an item on the menu called the "Buffalo Burger" or something like that. I figured that it was your standard burger, maybe with some blue cheese and Frank's Red Hot. This particular time I read the description. Folks, this here is a 1/2 pound burger patty that has been battered, deep fried, and slathered in wing sauce. No joke.
Do you think even my wifes warnings that I would surely get heartburn from the thing would stop me from ordering? No, certainly not. I was a little shocked when the waitress asked me what temp. would I like my burger. For some reason I thought a deep fried burger would have to be fairly well done, but I threw caution to the wind and requested medium rare.
Here she is, a closeup.
Are you scared? I was a little. That sucker was like an inch and a half high! I poked the strange creature a little with my finger until my wife snapped that I was being weird. My initial thoughts were that I simply could not live at this speed, I was scared to bite into the thing. I decided for a cutting in half approach.
The actual burger was on the thick, juicy, and rare side. You all know that I am generally a fan of the thin, diner style burger a la Five Guys, as opposed to thick Juicy Burger type deals.
This creation was not necessarily bad, but I would have liked to see a little more spice (I ordered it hot) and maybe a little more "wing" sauce. I actually think this idea would benefit from a thinner burger, it would become kind of chicken fried steak-esque... only in burger form.
In any event, I admire Swifty's pluck. It takes some serious juevos to throw a deep fried burger on your menu.