Who do you suppose came up with these things like National Pet Day? National Baked Bean Month? National Hamburger Day?
(Seriously. BEANS. It's July, by the way. I know you were wondering. I don't like beans but y'all go ahead and enjoy that.)
Rascal is celebrating National Hamburger Day (it's on May 28th!) with Chef Andy Lee’s Rascal Burger made with beer-deglazed beef, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar, arugula, vine ripe tomato, herb remoulade, and field greens. Deglazing is a fancy and intimidating word that means to pour some cold liquid into a very hot pan, getting all the brown bits stuck to the bottom of said pan. And then onward from there, burger lovers. Salivate on that. And you're welcome.
Fear not, I have mediocre photography to share, too! (This looked like art on my iPhone, guys. I'm sorry)
One of my biggest complaints, generally, about cheeseburgers is that you don't always get to taste the cheese. Think about that. But at Rascal, I took one look at that juicy burger and that nice slab of sharp cheddar and I knew I was in for a treat. It was absolutely delicious and a nice precursor to the holiday -- I will have to go back and really dive in then.
This didn't take like just every other burger. I don't really know how to explain -- I could really taste it. You could say it was really flavorful but that sounds so cliched, and I hate cliches! But then, sometimes a good cliche is apropos.
However if you're some kind of weirdo (or perhaps a vegetarian which doesn't mean you're not a weirdo), and do not like a good burger. I did take the liberty of trying some of Rascal's other stand out menu items. The polenta fries were my favorite -- dusted with grated parmesan, cilantro and, for a change of pace, tzatziki. Those came out to us with the Brussels Sprouts, which I liked. I prefer my Sprouts way more roasted but these were still savory and delicious. The chunks (yes, CHUNKS) of bacon in it didn't hurt, either.
There was also chicken and gravy. Boy do these guys know how to do fried chicken. Not to be outdone by it's predecessors, the gravy had chunks of pancetta in it.