There are only three choices of burger: the DuMont, the DuMont Mini, and the Chickpea. They also give two to three choices of sandwiches and salads, respectively.
There may be only three choices of burger, but you get a choice of grilled brioche or toasted ciabattina for your bun. Aside from American, there are also cheddar, Danish blue, gruyere, and Monterey Jack on the menu. Basically, it isnÂ´t exactly the type of burger to scarf down with a Coke and a milkshake. ItÂ´s the type that would be acceptable to eat with a fork and knife, or the kind to pair with a glass of red wine.
DuMont Mini. Unfortunately, because the bun and patty are on the small side, (it is a mini, after all), my Boston bibb lettuce, tomato, and red onion slide out before I can take a bite. I resort to eating my burger in one hand, and forking down my condiments like a salad with the other.
The brioche was soft, warm and the perfect accompaniment to the melty, tangy blue cheese and the burger. Oh, that miniature, medium-rare, fist-shaped burger! It was perfectly grilled and oozing with flavor and hot beefy juices. The mouthful of fresh "salad" on the side couldnÂ´t have been a better balance for the rich meat-cheese-and-bread combo. I moved on to the onion rings, which were fried in tempura batter, making for a lighter, crispier treat. Unlike the brown, crunchy onion rings you get at most fast food joints, the DuMontÂ´s golden onion rings are frittered, tender little things yield at the first bite. That way, each bite gives you a balance of fried goodness and sweet onion - instead of a slimy, wormy onion escaping the confines of rock-hard breaded tunnel.
Fried cod sandwich to live up to its predecessorÂ´s standards. The brioche was yummy and the homemade tartar sauce gave an otherwise mediocre patty of fried fish some good flavor. The highlight of the plate was actually the side salad of simple greens lightly dressed in a rosemary vinaigrette. But the sandwich itself was tasteless a bit greasy (YES, even for something FRIED!) and so not worth the price.
The apple crumble also disappointed. The apples were sweet, warm, and tart - but the thick snowfall of butter cookie crumbs made the dish unexciting. Color me picky, but I like my apple crumble with some actual crumble. Stale cookie crumbs just arenÂ´t going to cut it.
The iced tea keeps changing in flavors, which is great cuz I love my surprises. The second time around I got a lavender infusion that piqued my waning appetite. Luckily, the meal ended with that double chocolate brownie.
IÂ´ve never met a brownie I didnÂ´t like until I moved to NYC. So it was a happy surprise to find such a bomb way to end a meal. Underneath a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream was a warm square of fudgy, chocolatey goodness. It wasnÂ´t chewy like most brownies, but thick and tender. There were so many dark chocolate chips and chunks that at times it felt like the brownie batter was barely holding the square together.
Hits and misses, my friends. Avoid the misses and stay for the greatest hits.
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What I Ate: DuMont Mini with a side of onion rings. Special fried cod sandwich with a side salad. And the apple crumble. And the double chocolate brownie. As well as an iced tea.
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