560 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215 (b/n 15th Street and 16th Street; map); 718-369-0077; sidecarbrooklyn.com
Cooking Method: Grilled
Short Order: A juicy, satisfying burger.
Want Fries with That? Comes with great skinny fries.
Prices: Cheeseburger, $12; extra toppings +$2
I checked out Sidecar in Park Slope due to a recommendation from AHT reader Dan F. He did not recommend that I pair the burger with fried chicken though; I take the blame for that and the subsequent discomfort it wrought on my dining companion's digestive system.
The 7-ounce (or 6-ounce; I got two different answers) grilled cheeseburger is made with grass-fed beef and comes with lettuce, onion, and tomato on the side, We got ours medium rare with American cheese and added sautéed onions for another $2.
The burger came out erring towards the rare side, with juicy, pink innards, and it had a decent char. Beefy flavors didn't jump out at me, but it was far from bland, and the meat was well seasoned. The soft sesame seed bun from Blue Ribbon Bakery held together well and soaked in the juices from the bottom of the patty, turning into a meat juice sponge. Mm. Sponge. The skinny fries were also great—crispy and salty, pretty much my two favorite things about fries.
While I have no complaints about this burger, when compared to other nearby burgers at 12th Street Bar and Grill and Johnny Mack's, I'd put Sidecar in third. Not a far third; just that I'm basing it on a delicious-to-dollar ratio, and Sidecar's burger is the smallest and most expensive of the three.
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