I know, a place with “Italian” right in the name probably isn’t the most obvious place to order a hamburger. And I just got burned by an Italian place with a hamburger inexplicably on the menu. So you’d think I’d learn.
But you know what? Maybe I’ll never learn, because the burger at Jamie’s Italian is actually pretty darn good.
And it had better be — it’s not cheap. It’s sixteen bucks on its own; twenty if you want fries. That’s not exactly unreasonable by the standards of a nicer restaurant, but it’s still a decent chunk of change. You’re throwing down the gauntlet if you’re charging that much for a hamburger. You’re asking for extra scrutiny.
The Jamie’s Italian Burger is described as follows: “Juicy Prince Edward Island beef, balsamic onions, aged Cheddar, tomato & homade mostarda mayo.”
Yeah, it’s good. My biggest complaint is that the texture of grilled patty — which is cooked all the way to well done — is a bit off. The grind is slightly too fine, and it’s a bit dry. Still, it does have some juiciness to it, and as far as the texture goes, I’ve certainly had worse.
The patty is otherwise really tasty — it’s got a nice smoky flavour from the grill, but nothing too overbearing (as some grilled burgers tend to be). It’s also got a mild but satisfying beefy flavour.
The toppings are pretty good too. Aged cheddar’s stronger flavour can sometimes be a bit much on a burger, but here it worked pretty well. And of course, caramelized onions are pretty much a hamburger’s best friend, so yeah, they worked pretty well too.
The bun looks way too big for the patty, but it’s light enough and fluffy enough that it never feels overwhelming.
As for the fries, the waitress suggested the polenta chips over the traditional fries, and I figured yeah, why not? They were a touch on the bland side (they either needed more of the rosemary and shredded parmesan that they were topped with, or some kind of dipping sauce), but otherwise were crispy, creamy, and really tasty.