Bobby's Burger Palace (known as "BBP") of Westfield Montgomery Mall isn't your average burger spot. Bobby Flay redesigned the burger game with guests in mind; offering fresh, natural, made-in-house burgers, malt milk shakes, hand cut fries and more. It's "feel good", American comfort food that is creative, delicious and high quality. The best part is that it is priced modestly; making it an affordable option for nearly all families. As you continue along with your holiday shopping at Westfield Montgomery, make sure to dine in at BBP so that you can share in my delicious experience!!
HERE'S WHY... #1. Get your photo taken with Bobby Flay!
#2. QUALITY THAT KEEPS GUESTS COMING BACK:
*High-quality ingredients - certified angus beef
*Meats are never-frozen
*Food is made-to-order each time
*No microwaved or pre-formed patties here! And let's face it... Not all burgers have to be patties leaking with unnecessary amounts of grease to be tasty! BBP shows that it is possible to curb the excess grease and calories without sacrificing the flavor.
#3. SERVING UP THE SPICE OF LIFE --> VARIETY
BBP serves up more than a dozen signature burgers, sweet potato fries and even buttermilk battered onion rings. In addition to their standard, signature menu, Bobby's Burger Palace features their "Flavors of the Month" burger and milkshake that are a welcome addition to keep the menu fresh and new.
And because it is not ALWAYS about the burger (though it should be, in my beefy opinion...), Bobby's Burger Palace also offers chicken sandwiches. Not carnivorous? Try their gourmet veggie burgers (with wild mushrooms, chickpeas & quinoa) or their Griddled Cheese. Gluten free? No problem, because Bobby's got you covered too with "Topless" burgers; served over baby greens with balsamic dressing. The serve options for the most discerning palettes and according to nearly any dietary restriction!
MY LUNCH BREAK DONE RIGHT!
I recently dined there for a lunch date and was blown away by a fully appealing burger experience. I loved the super mod, trendy restaurant motif. The space was clean, wide open; drawing attention to oversized, bright signs showcasing their wide selection of burgers & shakes. I have to admit that I definitely overanalyzed the menu options before landing on my burger of choice: the L.A. Burger; a certified angus beef patty topped with avocado relish, watercress, tomato and cheddar cheese. That was accompanied by "The Undecided"; my choice of two sides. I chose their sweet potato fries with a horseradish honey mustard sauce and buttermilk onion rings with their ranch dipping sauce.
I washed it all down with their thick, rich caramel apple milkshake; topped with homemade whipped cream. My date chose the October Flavor of the Month: The Pacific Northwest Burger -- a beef patty topped with white American cheese, cremini mushrooms and red wine-BBQ sauce. What a burger! Add a side of hand-cut fries smothered with cheese and a cookies-n-cream shake and we were both in heaven. With so many different items on the menu and new monthly features, the combinations are nearly limitless. I'm already thinking about what my next burger run will feature. One thing is for sure: there's no way I'd omit the sweet potato fries or the buttermilk battered onion rings... even if it means actually using my gym membership!
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*All opinions in this article are that of my own and were not paid for by BBP.
It is with sadness in my heart that I share about the closing of one of my favorite Montgomery County, MD restaurants. I was informed yesterday that our beloved Carluccio's US is now closed. Both the Alexandria, VA and the North Bethesda, MD locations remained closed as of Tuesday morning of this week. The unexpected US closure of this up-scale, UK-based, Italian restaurant was addressed with the following message from a Carluccio's spokesperson:
“After a careful review of our U.S. performance we have decided to close our two restaurants in the area" citing higher competition in the US market resulting in lower margins during their few years in the US. - Washington Business Journal
As the Coordinator for MOCO Housewives, I've had the pleasure of hosting two events at the Carluccio's in the Pike & Rose community within the past year; working closely with the fabulous management to introduce their impeccable menu and vibrant atmosphere to the MOCO Housewives network. At each event (the last taking place just two weeks ago) our guests had such an amazing time, loved the restaurant and looked forward to the opportunity to return as new patrons.
As a big fan for this brand and the Carluccio’s US team, I feel like I need to be pinched and awakened from a bad dream. The food was always delicious; as were their creative cocktails! The ambiance was amazing. The staff was attentive. The management was accommodating and authentically hospitable. I was truly hoping that Carluccio's would turn into something big here in the US; as it ought to have been! I will forever savor their delicious food and their big-hearted service in my heart forever!
Special thanks to the amazing management, Sebastiano and Logan, and staff for always making their guests feel at home!
Photos courtesy of naviimpressions; who I coincidentally first met at our first Carluccio’s Ladies’ Night Out on September 14, 2016.
Do you have a favorite Carluccio’s US memory, cocktail or signature dish? Comment on this blog post to share it below!
From an easy-going lunch with colleagues, a delicious happy hour or a decadent weekend brunch to a night out with the girls and even that smoking hot date night; my recent visit to Brickside illustrates precisely why it's the perfect culinary formula for any occasion.
Culinary Expertise and Premium Cocktails + A Welcoming Atmosphere = Brickside Perfection
REINVENTING THE MENU... DELICIOUSLY!
Meet Chef Matt Smith. Chef Smith's sole purpose in transitioning from Baltimore's "Salt" to lead the Brickside culinary team was to apply his extensive learnings from high-end establishments and elevate Brickside's menu from normal bar fare to extraordinarily tasty and creative cuisine. Needless to say, he didn't miss the mark on anything I had the pleasure of tasting; accompanied by fellow bloggers and the lovely ladies of Linda Roth PR.
Chef Smith seamlessly combines multiple flavor profiles in extraordinary ways. Their in-house smoker creates depth of flavor and Chef Smith takes pride in all of the elements of the menu; prepared in-house -- from pickled vegetables and hand-made pastas to cured ham, smoked meats and the creamiest grits I've ever tasted!
Chef Matthew Smith started us off with a duet of crostinis; the first is the most amazing smoked salmon I've ever tasted (if all smoked salmon could just taste this delicious, I could stop saying that "I don't like smoked salmon"). It was complimented most beautifully in a subtle twist on "lox and bagels"; finished with arugula and capers. The second crostini was piled with a "tapenade" of eggplant with smoked cherries and pine nuts, atop a flavorful, whipped ricotta. Both were just the beginning of a seemingly unending feast that could be classified as nothing less than "the best of the best".
MORE AND MORE
Our next course of this Fall-inspired menu consisted of Dr. Pepper Steak Tacos, Fried Brussel Sprouts, Beef Empanadas and Pig And Pickles. The soda-infused carne asada was the most tender steak that I've tasted. The syrup was flavorful, decadent and added just the right amount of sweetness. The brussel sprouts were deep fried goodness; deliciously accompanied by the sweetness of the golden raisins and almond slivers. The Empanadas were stuffed with flavorful chunks of chorizo and paired with homemade Chimichurri. Finally, their luscious pork belly was served with a variety of house-made pickled vegetables; which I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner... for the rest of my life.
The appetizers were followed up with a refreshing salad, Roasted Beet Carpaccio, and seasonally appropriate Butternut Squash Soup. The carpaccio was paired with fresh orange segments, arugula and goat cheese covered in a house-made blend of seasonings. The squash soup was topped with creamy goat cheese and candied pecans.
At this point, my stomach was more than content, but my tastebuds were screaming for more yumminess: Pork Belly And Kale Pasta and Brickside Shrimp And Grits also hit a high note on my list. Once again, the Pork Belly was deliciously moist and balanced well against the garlic and kale flavors. The house-cured Tasso ham and shrimp butter took their Carolina grits (the best grits I have ever tasted) to the next level.
Dinner wouldn't be complete without the selection of a featured beverage from their anti-prohibition cocktail menu. I chose the Lemon Ginger Martini; ginger liquor, fresh lemon juice and agave nectar which was recommended by our server. In summation, Brickside deserves more than just an appearance on your culinary "bucket list". It belongs on your must-frequent list. The menu is full of surprises and changes seasonally; ideal for any occasion! Make sure to head over to Brickside to try the Fall menu for yourself and relax in their comfortable, fun restaurant.
BRICKSIDE IS MORE THAN JUST GREAT FOOD
According to a a previous article by the Washington Post, Brickside is "a bar that has sports, rather than a sports bar". The Chef and knowledgeable service staff reiterated their commitment to accommodating a variety of entertainment; from news and debates to sports games and many other subjects in between. Given the combination of eight 50" plasma TV's and a 13' HD projector, multiple parties can be catered to at the same time.
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