After Burger King's successful debut of their modernized Whopper-centric restaurant concept Whopper Bar last March at Universal CityWalk in Orlando, they've since opened Whopper Bars in South Beach, Memphis, Spain, Venezuela, Singapore, and their latest, largest, two-story flagship location in New York City by Times Square.
Like the other Whopper Bars, the New York City location features create-your-own Whoppers with over 20 topping choices, a special Whopper Menu not available at regular Burger Kings, and a more stylish, roomy environment to eat in. But unlike the other Whopper Bars, there's this:
The New York Pizza Burger ($12.99), a 9-and-a-half-inch wide burger made with four Whopper patties topped with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, and Tuscan pesto sauce. It'll be available exclusively at the New York City Whopper Bar starting in September to fulfill that longtime desire for a giant burger that sort of tastes like a pizza.
I was absolutely starved when Robyn walked into the office with the Pizza Burger. I hadn't eaten all day. As you know, "Hunger is the best sauce in the world." So I dove into that thing, nearly knocking down the gaggle of officemates who had come over to gawk at it. (Yes, it's looks funny. Like a giant burger wearing a flower costume, each lobe a petal of beefreakiness.)
Anyway, I housed that thing. But even in my rush to gullet-cram, I was surprised that it actually managed to convey both burgerness and pizzaness in a single bite. Of course, when you've got the assertiveness of that liquid smoke BK flavor mixed with plenty of pizza shaky spices, it's not too hard to light up the "burger" and "pizza" areas of the brain at once.
It was interesting as a novelty, which is what BK probably introduced it for (I mean, look at all the bloggage it's gotten), but I much prefer the standard Whopper if given a choice among BK menu items.
I can't top Adam's review, so I'll just say...it tastes like a pizza-flavored Whopper.
During my press visit to the Whopper Bar I also tried the Meat Beast Whopper ($5.54) topped with bacon, pepperoni, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onions, American cheese, and ketchup, making its debut in New York City; the 7-ounce BK Black and Bleu Steakhouse XT ($6.30) topped with blue cheese and blackened Cajun sauce; and the California Whopper ($5.54) topped with guacamole, crispy bacon, and Swiss cheese. Out of all of these, the California Whopper is the most popular so far at this location.
Whopper Bar is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will soon serve beer. Aside from Whoppers they also serve chicken sandwiches, desserts, and breakfast sandwiches from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
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