Last week, Rub BBQ's special Monday Night burger was the Monte Cristo Burger ($11.25) made with a beef patty, barbecue ham, barbecue smoked turkey, and Swiss cheese on French toast, with raspberry preserves and mustard on the side.
How well does a Monte Cristo sandwich with an extra beef patty tucked under thin layers of ham and turkey fare? Pretty well. Hell, it's a mound of meat—it's bound to taste good. It's not what you'd turn to if you're craving a regular burger, but overall it was a hefty meat sandwich worth finishing. The main downside was the beef patty bathing anything in its path with bovine juices, but the extra juice helped since the turkey was on the dry side. Slathering raspberry preserves and mustard on every other bite also helped with the dryness, besides prevent meat flavor fatigue. French toast-for-buns worked well—the bread was pleasantly soft and spongy, and fortified with a layer of egg it wasn't at risk of disintegrating under the patty's juices.
I wouldn't dream about eating this burger again (which is fine since it's not on RUB's everyday menu anyway; they only offer burgers on Monday nights after 6 p.m.), but if someone made me one I'd be happy to eat it. Thumbs up for burger-fied Monte Cristos.
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