I originally made a reservation for a Wednesday night with my husband. The first thing I usually do is take a picture of the burger listing on the menu – but it wasn’t there. So I asked the waiter about the burger. As it turns out they only server it during lunch or after 10pm (I believe that’s for the drunkin’ burger cravings). I was pretty disappointed. However this did give us the opportunity to order the roasted chicken for two, which I had heard great things about; and these things were all true. It was melt-in-your-mouth good!
Anyway, enough about chicken. I made it to Zuni for lunch and ordered the House-ground grass-fed beef hamburger on grilled rosemary focaccia with aioli and Zuni pickles ($15), along with Shoestring potatoes ($6).
The burger was tasty at first bite and I liked the meat. The bun was delicate and toasted (a little hard on the mouth). Because the bun was so delicate I was afraid to set it down in the juicy mess that formed on my small plate. The meat by itself was pretty simple, not too salty, fairly average and cooked just right (medium rare). The Zuni pickles and onions really made the burger though, without them it might have been boring.
The shoestring fries were fun, but difficult to eat and slightly spongy. They looked like they would be crispy and were disappointingly NOT.
Considering the price ($30 for a burger, fries and iced tea) and simplicity of the meat I can’t give this burger more than three stars.