Between 2 Buns (Baltimore, MD)

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Sometimes the most challenging thing about writing my next restaurant review is finding the perfect introduction so my readers are engaged.  Sometimes it takes me thirty seconds to come up with an intro, sometimes it takes me twenty minutes.  I guess it just depends on what I’m reviewing or what other things I have on my mind.  September 18th is National Cheeseburger Day, I have no idea who came up with this day and why it’s celebrated, but when in Rome, you do as the Romans do.  Cheeseburgers are one of those things I have to be in the mood to eat, otherwise I’d always eat eggs, steak, bacon, and seafood.  Damn, come to think about it, maybe I should look for a burger that has ALL of those toppings on it.  I bet it’ll be the best meal I’ve had in my life.  Okay, enough fantasizing about a heart attack, let’s talk about this restaurant.

This place isn’t your traditional “restaurant” it’s more of like a hidden gem within a bunch of other smaller food places.  It’s located in the Mount Vernon area of Baltimore, and it’s a stand alone Burger Stand towards the back behind other food vendors.  I was in the neighborhood and decided to stop by to see what all the fuss was about.  I was able to indulge in two burgers and a poutine fry.  The first burger that was ordered was the “New Liberty B”.  It consisted of Mayo, Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Wild Mushrooms, Kinsey 7 Yr Whiskey Glaze, Provolone, Arugula, and a toasted Buttermilk Kaiser Bun.  When I took my first bite of this burger, the first thing I said was “shit”.  I always say if you use a curse word to describe whatever you’re eating, it taste good no matter what else you think about it.  One thing I can say about this burger is that I wish it was a little bigger than what it was.  All of the flavors worked well with each other and you can actually taste the whiskey glaze.  I’m a fan of mushrooms so anything that has a mushroom on it will get ordered, and if it doesn’t have mushrooms, mushrooms will be ordered.


The next burger that was ordered was the Smoking B’s.  It consisted of Smoked Tomato Mayo, Bacon, hawks Hill Smoked Cheddar, Smoked Shallots, Arugula, and a Brioche Bun.  This burger was pretty good, but didn’t blow me away.  The smoked shallots did stand out, but I would’ve preferred to see Red Onions to go with the Smoked Tomato Mayo.  The smoked tomato mayo was definitely an interesting concept, but it worked well with the saltiness of the bacon.  This tasted like a regular burger, so I wasn’t too excited about this one.


Anytime you order a burger you have to get some kind of side with it.  My memorable side was the BlackTruffle-Tine.  It consisted of Black Truffled Cream Sauce, Wild Mushrooms, Talleggio Cheese, Garlic Oil, and Parmagiano.  These fries were so good, I had to stop myself from licking the plate.  Although I wish the fries were a little more crunchier, it was still pretty good.  The truffle did stand out on the fries but the garlic was a bit much.  The fries would be something I would order again but I would ask if they could be a little bit more firm.


Overall, this place is a go to if you’re in the area.  You don’t necessarily have to seek and find this place, but if you happen to be in the Mount Vernon area in Baltimore, then I’d suggest that you stop and give it a try.



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