After quickly checking Burger Jones’ website and realizing that their new location in Burnsville was open, I made mention to The Wife that we needed to get over there. After a long day she was in agreement as there was nothing in the house ready to be made and the sound of a burger and a milkshake were just too much for her and so off we went. Opening just on Monday of this week and with us arriving on day three we expected the worst as far as service went but were looking forward to the Burnsville location besting the poor reviews and claims of high prices evident throughout much of the local blogosphere and on review sites such as Urbanspoon for their original location.
We arrived a little before 5 PM and found the bar hopping but the majority of the restaurant fairly empty. A few tables were occupied here and there both inside and out. We were seated in the rear of the restaurant in front of a table to ceiling display of tallboy PBR cans stacked three deep which I affectionately named the Hipster Trophy Case (believe me, that picture does it no justice). There were plenty of servers on hand running around today but based on comments from our server and the group piled in front of the kitchen, it was apparent that this was day one for approximately 10 of those on the floor.
We were seated promptly and waited on by a day-one server who thought Surly and Furious were two different beers. After placing an order for beer we took a look over the menu. We were informed that the burgers are ala carte and thus if we wanted any sides with our insanely expensive burgers (~$10/ea) we’d have to order them separate.
After much decision on The Wife’s part we placed our orders for a Baby Field Greens side salad ($6.99 for greens and carrots entree size), a Southwest Salsa Veggie Burger (no mayo and no cheese), an order of the Tri-Fry Tasting Tower with ranch, chipotle aioli, and avocado mayo dipping sauces ($7.99), a kid’s cheeseburger meal which included apples and organic milk ($5), a s’more milkshake ($5.99), and the Hangover Burger ordered “pink” ($9.99).
We placed our orders at 4:59 PM and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited as the restaurant and patio began to fill up and the line started to head out the door. Eventually, nearly 50 minutes later our items arrived at the table with mayo on the veggie burger. With a 10 minute trip back to the kitchen for that, we were finally able to eat our food.
The Hangover Burger, described on the menu as including bacon, cheddar, hot sauce, and a fried egg was a beefy burger. While Burger Jones only offers two cooking options (pink and not pink) and this one was ordered “pink”, it came out “not pink”. Please note the cute little pink cow stuck in the bun which notes, “M. Rare”. While “M. Rare” has a whole different meaning in Minnesota, this burger was “M. Well” even by Minnesota standards and thus we really should have sent it back. In any case, even with their less-than-squeamish options for cooking meat they are more than happy to offer a runny over-easy egg on top of the sandwich. Odd priorities IMO. While I did not try the hangover, The Wife informed me that the burger was good and one that she’d order again.
My Southwest Salsa Veggie Burger was decent even without the cheese or avocado mayo. While I am currently on a three week vegan diet and this patty probably wasn’t vegan, the server did say she believed they cooked it separately from the meat burgers. While she said she’d check to verify and never did get back to me, I ate it anyway and played, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and hoped for the best. That said, I was expecting a tasteless, charbroiled mess from hell, what I got was something that could definitely pass off as a hamburger even if it came only with salsa and sprouts per my request. The salad was large but came only with dressing and carrots. While it sufficed for what I needed it to do, I was a little disappointed that they didn’t offer just a bit more for the $7 price tag.
The fries were nothing particularly special, especially not at $8 but The Wife said that she enjoyed the three dipping sauces. When pressed she noted that the chipotle aioli was her favorite, ranch was ranch, and the avocado mayo definitely tasted like avocado. Although I was dipping mine only in the ketchup on the table, I enjoyed the sweet potato fries while wishing they offered something on their menu more appropriate for that type of fry and a pile of fries that was more worthy of $8 (you know, like about 16 lbs of fried potatoes).
The Wife’s S’mores milkshake was large and thankfully came with the stainless mixing cup as well. Adorned with some Hershey’s chocolate bar pieces, a toasted marshmallow and a piece of graham cracker in a pile of whipped cream, it definitely looked like a s’more but according to The Wife it was basically just a chocolate milkshake.
The Rooster’s cheeseburger was more of a slider and came with a sliced apple that still had seeds in it. The organic milk never arrived but we didn’t bother to complain as he was way more interested in throwing his food around than eating it. It was a nice touch that they try to offset their kids’ menu items with healthier sides but it would have been nice to receive what we paid for the first time around.
Before tip our total came out to be $59.60. Just for a frame of reference, the meal we had at Morgan’s on Nicollet, had we paid full price, would have been $55.65 before tip. While our meal at Burger Jones included $8 in beer (Furious and a Fulton Sweet Child of Vine), a milkshake, and a $5 hamburger for The Rooman, I have to say that for 2.5 burgers and some fries Burger Jones is way overpriced and just can’t survive in a market where you can eat a $30 steak plus a full meal for two, including appetizers and soup, and still pay less for dinner than we did at Burger Jones last night. [Fun fact: Burger Jones was the most expensive review we have done in 2011 so far and beats out not only Morgan's but Andiamo in Eagan as well. You know, for burgers...]
Overall the food was fine but was priced so ridiculously high that if you’re willing to pay for it after reading this review then it’s pretty obvious that you have money to burn and no clue where to go for a decent burger in town. That said, I was very impressed with the happy hour prices for the two beers and will definitely return for those but $10 for ala carte burgers is just wrong on so many levels. You’re much, much, much, much, much better off just about anywhere else for your money. But even so, an incredibly expensive burger joint ripping people off is way better than an empty Blockbuster which had been ripping people off for decades prior.
Have you ever eaten at Burger Jones in Burnsville or at their original location? If so what did you think of their burgers and their prices? What about their 20+ beers on tap and the happy hour prices they offer? Do you have plans on eating at the Burger Jones in Burnsville after reading this review? Do you think that $60 for 2.5 people is out of line? Whatever you have to say go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
1617 County Road 42 W
Burnsville, MN 55306
Sunday – Saturday: 11 AM – 11 PM
See all the pictures from Burger Jones in Burnsville on Flickr here.