Are the days of seriously mediocre and/or terrible casual chain restaurants behind us? Up until recently, the burger at a place like this was pretty much guaranteed to either be dry and unpleasant, or rubbery and industrially-produced.
But the burger I had at State & Main a couple of months ago was surprisingly okay, and so was the one I just ate at Joey. Things are clearly looking up.
The burger here isn’t anything to get too excited about — nothing about it stands out, but it’s a solid, inoffensive hamburger.
It’s simple enough — it’s a single patty affair with lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, and some kind of zesty mayo-based sauce.
I was quite enjoying the first few bites — the medium-well middle is juicy and satisfying. But the meat is too tightly packed, and as you get closer to the well done edges of the patty, it gets dry and tough.
Still, it’s not bad. The griddled patty has a good amount of crust on its exterior, and while it doesn’t taste particularly beefy, the flavour isn’t unpleasant.
The toppings are all fresh and tasty, and the zesty mayo adds some zip without overwhelming the beef.
The bun’s not great, however. It’s overly dense and dry, and it’s slightly too wide for the patty. The beef-to-bun ratio is off.
As for the fries, they tasted like a slightly inferior version of what they serve at McDonald’s.