In leaving NYC, one aspect of life I was looking forward to was the affordability of this area so it is ironic to me that what I find myself missing this week is that NYC delicacy known as the $16 burger. (OK, it starts out at $13 or $14, but you have to get cheese on it!)
I had been a vegetarian on and off for the better part of my life, my Dad cooked mostly chicken and seafood at home and tons and tons of fresh pasta (more on this later). We also had a large salad at every single meal. So, I have never been a huge burger (red meat) eater and when I ate burgers at friend’s cookouts, they often would upset my stomach.
Over the past few years, back in NYC, the hamburger (much like other humble American foods recently, for example – fried chicken, etc) experienced a high end makeover and has been elevated to pricey entree on menus throughout the city. This trend delighted me, a casual burger eater, willing to invest in more of a burger experience, shall we say.
A regular burger eater may snif at this but for me, forking over almost $20 bucks for a burger was an investment not only in tastiness, but quality. When eating beef, this is a pretty big concern for me. I like my burgers rare.
“So rare that you may feel afraid to serve it to me” is about how rare I prefer them.
I felt confident that when ordering a burger at Prime Meats or say Henry Public two neighborhood spots, that not only will they know how to treat the meat, but that what I was paying more for was quality.
In other words, the beef did not come from Sysco.
Last Monday, I suggested to my husband that my vital energy was low (blame my acupuncturist for that excuse) and I needed a hamburger. We quickly ran through our neighborhood options for a place I could order a delicious rare burger and feel ok about it and we came up dry. As I don’t cook meat at home, I just made a pizza instead but my desire for a truly well made burger still lingered all week.
It may seem I am putting on airs, I mean who wants to fork over an Andrew Jackson for something they can get for around $5-$10 bucks at almost any restaurant they walk into- but I have never become ill or disappointed with any of my “high-end burger” experiences.
So if Richmond is willing I have a twenty waiting in my wallet…