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Burger Fi

Burger Fi

Veggie burger shoots BEYOND expectations

By Mike Sanford, GLOB Editor

BFstorefront2Through the power of marketing, and the genius of the veggie burger world two meatless patties that 'almost' taste like real chopped, ground beef have risen above and BEYOND a myriad veggie burgers available to the no-red-meat lunch brigade.

For the GLOB Master it goes beyond all reason to venture into the Archer Rd. Triangle for lunch to experience a meatless hamburger patty that 'almost tastes just like' a red-meat protein.

Enter the BEYOND Burger, Burger Fi's show stopping, non-meat eating, premier veggie burger just off the corner of Archer Rd. and SW 34th St. Created by the BEYOND Meat company the 100% Plant-Based Beyond Burger®, loaded with American cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions.

According to the BEYOND Meat website:

BEYONDmeatLOGO"The Beyond Burger™ is a ready-to-cook "raw" patty that looks, cooks, and tastes like a fresh beef burger, and it will be sold in the meat section of the store. Our goal in creating The BEYOND Burger™ is to provide the full 360° mouth-watering, juicy, and delicious experience of beef but without so many of the health, environmental, and animal welfare downsides of traditional animal-based meat. On the other hand, we developed The Beast with nutrient density in mind, working with Brendan Brazier, a rockstar plant-based triathlete to develop it. The Beast has 23G of protein and a slew of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omegas to help support performance and recovery for especially active folks.

I must be honest GLOBers the BEYOND Meat website had me believing this veggie patty will have me thinking 'This is the burger that will change the GLOB Master's red-meat lunch time fixation."

 

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I made it to Burger Fi typically earlier, than later, hoping I could beat the Burger Fi lunchtime crowds in this popular SW Archer Rd. lunch stop. There was already a few people in line which I didn't think much about until I noticed there was a skeleton crew Burger Fi staffers behind the counters scurrying around filling lunchtime orders.

Expectations for a speedy lunch grew dim as the lunch line moved slowly, inch-by-inch, French Fry- by – French Fry until it was my turn to order. The Giant, brightly lit menu boards were handy time killers as I gazed upon the neon-lit menu with lunch options from the Burger Fi Bacon Cheeseburger, to the Burger Fi Breakfast All Day Burger. The Burger Fi Conflicted Burger is a double patty sandwich with a natural angus burger, veggie burger, American and white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, Burger Fi sauce that certainly sounded like another Burger Fi lunch experience.

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You can also order you BEYOND Meat Sammy with, or with out bread GLOBers. Burger Fi will make you lunch Green Style by substituting hand cut lettuce in place of the Burger Fi branded bun.

The Burger Fi menu also includes eight hamburgers, two kinds of hot dogs with Parmesan & Herb, Chili & Cheese, Cheese, Chili, Cajun and Salt & vinegar toppings, French Fries, onion rings, hand crafted milk shakes and custards. Local beer and wine choices are available for the mid-day imbibers. There is a complete Burger Fi lunch menu at the restaurant link at the bottom of this page.

I found the perfect table in the corner of the dining room where I was able to watch lunch build to a resounding crescendo as the restaurant filled up with hungry lunch outers. I was feeling smug as the lunch line grew larger snaking around the dining room as the understaffed employees frantically worked tat keeping a lid covered on a busy, hungry, bunch of customers.

 

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All right. About this BEYOND Meat burger:

zzGLOBbullet It did have a different, spicier taste of garbanzo beans.

zzGLOBbullet The texture of the veggie mix was not a lot different than other veggie patties I have experienced. The mushiness of the 'meat' left a lot to be desired by this meat eating carnivore.

zzGLOBbullet Extra points for the cleverly crafted hamburger bun with its very own Burger Fi burnt looking brand. I didn't eat the top of the bun contemplating the 'brand' eating my burger open faced.

zzGLOBbullet The all American toppings were excellent, fresh, and crisp. Nothing lights a burger up IMO like healthy dollops of mustard and ketchup.

zzGLOBbullet The French Fries were very good. I am under the assumption since French Fries are now a special treat for the GLOB Master I don't expect to ever have a bad order of French Fries.

I don't know GLOBers. I look forward to the day when I will jump up and down about the wonderfulness of a meatless veggie patty lunch.

The BEYOND Meat patty was an interesting attempt at achieving the ultimate 'just like a hamburger idea.' This was a good sandwich. In the GLOB Master's opinion the food world should eliminate the idea of being 'just like meat.' What is the line about putting lipstick on a pig. . .

The Pluses and Minuses of Burger Fi

Burger Fi + indicators : Multitude of burger choices. The Beyond Meat Company also sells feaux chicken strips, beef crumbles, sausage, and Beast Burgers.

Burger Fi - indicators: Slow service could be a lunch time problem for tight meal schedules.

 

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'BYOB ' becomes an all-the-way experience

By, Melissa Kahan, GLOB Correspondent

When this 'burgers and more' establishment opened in Gainesville, it was all I could do to not wait outside the door to be one of the first few let in. I have heard nothing but high praise and some seriously bold statements made in favor of Burger Fi, located on SW Archer Rd. (better than beloved west coast burger spot Shake Shack!).

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I was overwhelmed by the titillating options presented before me on the Burger Fi menu, as well. The long line moved at a surprisingly brisk pace, leaving me only a few moments to decide on an option which is always a challenge for this indecisive adventurer. The pressure was especially high considering the anticipation of finally dining at this Archer rd. lunch stop.

In an attempt to get the most of my BurgerFi experience, I decided to go all-out: I built my own burger (BYOB) with two patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, bacon, grilled mushrooms, a fried egg, garlic mayo and a smattering of Burger Fi sauce because I was curious (image at top). Not to mention my boyfriend and I split a large order of the parmesan and herb fries with a side of garlic aioli. There is a complete BurgerFi menu at the link below.

 

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I was most surprised at the option to order a craft beer if desired, which, of course, we did. There are few meal experiences this food lover enjoys more than those consisting of a juicy burger and a crisp, refreshing brew. I about hugged the cashier, Emily, when she said we didn’t have to pay for the meals. (It was nice to experience the high end of the gourmet burger-making food chain.) 

 

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My lunch mate and I scrambled to catch an open table donning green and black balloons, as the joint was packed with a diverse customer base, from college students to families. I was taken aback by the tracking system used at each table, in which we place our buzzer just outside the star-shaped tracker until it beeps green and the servers present our meals. Ten minutes later, the suspense conjuring an intense appetite within my dining companion and myself, our burgers and fries were hot and ready for consumption. I couldn’t help but notice the “Burger Fi” stamp embedded into the buns, as well as the plastic wrapping used to cradle the many ingredients I desired for my burger with the bun connected in a pita-esque design to decrease the potential for a mess.

 

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Upon first bite, I was presented with tastes of warm, medium-cooked meat (no pink center) covered in melted yellow cheese, a tad of lettuce and tomato sneaking in along with the delicious crunch of bacon. To my dismay, the grilled mushrooms were in limited quantity smushed under all the ingredients, and they failed to add the fried egg (although, truth be told, I had enough ingredients as it was). The burger also seemed remiss in showcasing the garlic mayo and Burger Fi sauce, as I barely tasted them. The size was nothing impressive in terms of patty width or burger adiameter, but I could tell the patties were prepared fresh. I did love the long, generously-sized fries coated in the parmesan cheese and herbs, a large serving proving way too much for two people who just inhaled double cheeseburgers. The servers also passed around free concrete custard samples, but as one never made it to my table, the server made one special for me!

My less adventurous friend felt a double cheeseburger with bacon was the simplicity his palette needed, although he had similar feelings as I did about the meal in general. The burgers are a fast option, whether for a quick lunch break gathering or a late night hunger craving, as they are open until 11 pm. from Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

 

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The diverse and abundant number of burger toppings was very appealing. It seems that Burger Fi’s purpose was served: They provided a burger for any taste, even a veggie burger option, that left room for the imagination to lure consumers back with a multitude of burger combinations, interesting fry toppings, and a well-stocked concrete/sundae bar.

Not to mention they serve hotdogs in case you’re not craving the grilled patty goodness of a burger, and, as mentioned, beer, which many times creates a great source of additional revenue and repeat purchases. I was also consistently pleased with the lengths to which the staff went to accommodate us and keep us happy.

Will I come back? Yes. Was it as unbelievable as everyone said? Not exactly, but for a chain restaurant, I am not surprised by that. Perhaps my standards have been raised too high by all the amazing local burger joints Gainesville offers, but I feel another chance is needed at Burger Fi to really get a true feel of the menu. Next up: a burger with melted cheese, jalapenos, BBQ sauce and onion rings if I’m feeling really crazy.

The Pluses and Minuses of Burger Fi

Burger Fi + indicators : Many burger topping options, other menu items like hotdogs, ice cream and beer served, great customer service, prime location on Archer Rd., fast dining option, reasonably priced.

Burger Fi - indicators: Standard, relatively unordinary burger fare, limited parking if during busy hours

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Last modified onMonday, 09 July 2018 18:45

Additional Info

  • Address: 3518 Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL
  • Urban GLOB Location: Archer Road
  • Latitude: 29.625815
  • Longitude: -82.374178
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2 comments

  • GLOB MASTER
    GLOB MASTER Tuesday, 20 October 2015 09:55 Comment Link

    Ya think they use Kobe ears, nose, tails, and feet in the Kobe hot dog . . . ?!?!

  • R. Hong
    R. Hong Tuesday, 20 October 2015 09:36 Comment Link

    I ate at Burger Fi this weekend. On the positive side, the fries are some of the best in town. The burgers were quite good, but a bit pricey. I wouldn't recommend the Kobe beef hotdog; while it sounds enticing, it just wasn't that different from an ordinary dog to justify the price. I would definitely go back when I feel like my wallet can handle it.

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