Prior to 1984, having a burger (sandwich) for dinner was unheard of in my family. The only burger we ever had for dinner was served with rice. When I went to Seattle, Uncle George and Aunty Char took me to Red Robin (4th Avenue) for dinner, and a whole new world of "burgers for dinner" was opened. Red Robin showcased burgers dressed in almost every way imaginable, although Jungle Jim's, a rival Seattle burger joint, offered a peanut butter burger. Let's just say that Red Robin set the standard for me.
|fries with parmesan goop|
My selection has always been the Seared Ahi Nicoise Salad ($12.00). The ahi is chopped fine and shaped into a patty which tastes hauntingly similar to a fish burger Mom made when I was growing up. The patty is pan fried and is presented atop a medley of lettuces and tomato wedges (of course, I don't eat this). Garnishing the salad are bits of chopped boiled egg, kalamata olives, haricots vert, and crispy fried potatoes. The dressing is a light vinaigrette. My only improvement on this would be to tear the lettuce into smaller pieces and, of course, de-seed the tomatoes.
|seared ahi nicoise salad|
I have never seen any desserts being served at Village Burger, and if anyone reading this knows Edwin Goto, please having him contact me so I can hook him up with some great desserts. I know someone who bakes!