The burgers from Rudy look amazing in pictures. I mean, look at it. Look at that crust. If you’re getting a burger cooked in that style (i.e. smashed on a griddle), then what Rudy is serving up is pretty much the Platonic ideal of what you want it to look like. That combination of melty, bright orange American cheese and the mahogany-brown crust from a perfectly hot griddle is a thing of beauty. You could look at it forever.
But could it actually taste as good as it looks?
Yes. The answer is an emphatic yes.
I ordered the Rudy, which is a single-patty cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, and Rudy sauce.
Oh man, it was so good.
Foremost was that crust: the beautiful brown crust amps up the burger’s beefy flavour and provides a perfect crispy contrast to the tender beef.
I got a little bit concerned when I cut into the burger and saw well done, uniformly gray beef. At least a little bit of pink would have been nice, but it’s hard to complain too much when the patty remains so admirably juicy. Add in the fact that the beef was loosely-packed and coarsely-ground, and you’ve got a patty with a texture that’s exactly where it should be.
The flavour was pretty great too; perfectly seasoned with just salt and pepper and with a nice beefy kick, it’s pretty much exactly what you’re looking for in the taste department.
The toppings, too, check all the right boxes. Gooey American cheese? Check. Big-Mac-esque sauce? Check. Fresh lettuce and tomato? Check. Oh, and that bun? Pillowy, sweet, and perfect.
Yes, in case you can’t tell, I loved this hamburger. One of the best in the city for sure.
It’s a bummer to end on a sour note, but the fries weren’t the best. Some of them were slightly underdone, and others were potato-chip-crispy. Also, I think they might have been seasoned with vinegar instead of salt? A few had a mildly vinegary flavour; the rest tasted completely unseasoned. Still, considering how good the burger was, I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume something was just off with this batch. Either way, the burger was so damn good that it really doesn’t matter.