The menu for the new Parasole upscale burger joint, Burger Jones — which has its soft launch this Sunday — is posted and it’s an intriguing document. Some first impressions:
The Burgers Remind A Guy of Bulldog NE
Flavors like wasabi and aged gruyere bump head-to-head with Velveeta and chicken-fried bacon. It’s all in the execution, but the menu does seem to run the class spectrum from working class to hoity.
Faribault Creamery Cheese Curds
Not only will Burger Jones be offering beer battered cheese curds… they’re from a reputable local cheesemaker. A recent visit to Faribault Dairy revealed that they’re skilled makers of curds.
$10 Fries Are Available
Seriously? $10 for fries? Well, let’s look at what you get: hand-cut russet fries, waffle fries, and sweet potato fries in a tower, with a choice of dipping sauces. Seems likely that this’ll fix a table of four pretty nicely.
Please, Enough with Entrendre-Laden Drinks
The Wet Dream. The Up All Night. The Nut Buster. Haven’t the Sex on the Beach and Donkey Punch already driven this category of drink names into well-deserved obscurity?
There’s a Michelada!
The Mexican classic style of beer cocktail makes an appearance on the Burger Jones menu: Pacifico beer over ice with lime juice, hot sauce, and a salted rim.
Happy Hour Runs from 2-5pm and 11pm-Close
Perfect for everyone, so long as you happen to be unemployed and/or an insomniac alcoholic.
Want Dipping Sauce With Those Fries? That’ll Be an Extra Dollar
Moderately interesting choices though: bourbon BBQ, bleu cheese, bearnaise, smoked tomato ketchup, etc. etc.
Want Your Burger Animal Style? That’ll Be an Extra $4
This really doesn’t make much sense. In-n-Out fans know that the mustard fried / extra sauce / extra condiment “animal style” burger has a different taste to it, but none of that taste is predicated on anything particularly expensive or time-consuming. Unless Burger Jones is doing something really different — in which case, why steal the expression “animal style”? — this is a hell of a pricey upgrade.
Holy moly: Canada’s classic cheese curds + fries + beef gravy favorite is here, with bacon, no less. If it’s a good interpretation, this is big news.
Salted Caramel Shakes
Practical experience with salted caramel anything indicates that this could be a gastronomic home run.
And a Chocolate Egg Cream!
If you don’t know the chocolate egg cream, get aquainted with it. It’s not entirely clear what this East Coast deli classic is doing at a Midwestern mid-range burger concept restaurant, but to hell with it. It’s good eats.
Update: Read our full review of Burger Jones.