I’ve mentioned on another blog that Scaddabush is one of the better chains in Canada. That continues to be true. I even enjoyed the burger! Considering that my reaction to the hamburger at chains like this tends to range from “that was extremely mediocre” to “that was so bad it makes me angry,” I was shocked at how much I enjoyed what they served here.
It’s not, however, a traditional hamburger. The Italian Burger, per their menu: “Hand-pressed Certified Angus Beef ground chuck, fresh mozzarella, arugula, bruschetta, balsamic reduction, basil pesto aioli, focaccia bun.”
There’s so much going on here that the patty itself almost feels like an afterthought.
Between the very garlicky pesto aioli, the sweet balsamic glaze, the peppery arugula, the chunky bruschetta topping, and the thick slice of fresh mozzarella, the beef is basically just another condiment. You could slide it right out and it would barely make a difference.
I’m normally not a huge fan of over-condimented hamburgers, but it’s hard to deny that what they’re serving here is tasty. All of the toppings are quite good and compliment each other very well, and the substantial, slightly chewy bun does a great job of holding it all together.
But what about the patty itself? It’s there, and it’s fine. The texture is slightly sausagey, and it doesn’t have a particularly beefy flavour (not that it makes a difference with all of the other stuff going on here), but it’s otherwise a solid burger patty.
It basically just adds some meatiness — this thing is all about the toppings.
As for the fries, they basically tasted like a lightly battered version of what they serve at McDonald’s. They’re not particularly great, but I’ve had worse.