West Flanders Brewing Co., Boulder, Colorado – WFTB Burger Review
The find: Visiting Denver, Colorado for a conference I decided to drive to Boulder on the last evening of my trip. I drove up to Flagstaff Mountain and stopped at one of numerous trail heads. The views were astounding. After a while I worked up an appetite and headed to downtown Boulder to find something special, a unique burger. I had no idea where to go but I didn’t want anything plain. I got on foot and started searching. Walking around downtown Boulder on Halloween weekend was more than entertaining. At one point I witnessed two dinosaurs fighting and running-wild down the sidewalk!
Anyway back to the WFTB review – I looked at about a dozen menus at different restaruants specifically to find that special burger. Suddenly I spotted something that caught my eye…. I was standing on brick pavers outside of West Flanders Brewing Co, when I noticed several unique burgers on the menu. The one that really got my attention was called the WFTB burger. My first thought was what the heck does that mean? – My second thought was who cares I have to try it!
Menu: Ground tb (not sure what that means) berkshire pork, roasted portobello mushrooms (mixed in the patty), shallot + fresh rosemary patty on a cream-ale bun w/ house bacon-onion jam, gruyere cheese, lettuce, tomato + red onion….. WHAT!
Order: I ordered the burger as it comes – but I did request a hold on the mushrooms. The server kindly informed me that the burger comes with the mushroom mixed into the patty – she was confident I wouldn’t really notice it. I’m not a huge mushroom fan – but what the heck, when in Boulder. So I went for it. The anticipation during my wait was incredible! Honestly I haven’t been this excited about ordering a burger in a long time. How would the bacon-onion jam blend with the burger. Would I notice the mushrooms? Will I like the cheese… I pondered these questions while I enjoyed a house brewed Oktoberfest which was light, smooth and delicious.
Burger Taste: All I can say is WFTB! Still not sure what that means so in other words “wow”- this was absolutely one of the best burger surprises I have ever experienced.
The server was absolutely correct – the mushroom didn’t bother me at all – in fact I am sure it contributed to the texture of the pork patty. The combination of shallot and fresh rosemary gave the patty a delightfully flavorful taste. The bacon-onion jam paired with the lightly melted gruyere cheese shocked the tastebuds (in a refreshingly awesome way). The bun was fresh and worked well with the overall combination. The WFTB burger was simply perfect.
Side: Fresh house cut fries. Crispy, not overly seasoned. A+! I also ordered a side house salad with mixed greens and incredibly creamy balsamic dressing. Both sides were incredible. The plate was garnished with a fresh pickle – also excellent.
Service: Busy but friendly! There was a fifteen minute wait for one – so I ended up finding a seat as the bar and was served promptly. Everyone was friendly.
Price: $17 – a little steep for a burger. Actually way steep. But this is one of the most creative burgers I have ever had – it was well worth the cost.
Ambiance – it’s Boulder. Cool town.
Burger points – 5 out of 5 hands down!
The Joint – I’m referring to the burger joint… West Flanders Brewing Co. From the official website: http://www.wfbrews.com
Founded in 2012 by brothers Mark and Chris Heinritz, and brewmaster Brian Lutz, West Flanders Brewing Co. combines the traditions of Old World brewing with New World passion. We offer a unique lineup of beer brewed right on Pearl Street Mall, served alongside a menu highlighting a commitment to housemade eats.
If you happen to be in downtown Boulder be sure to check it out for yourself. Tons of interesting looking brews on the menu and lots of excellent looking food choices.
1125 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
My only regret is that my beautiful gal wasn’t there to try the veggie burger. Date night! We’ll need a sitter…
See the West Flanders menu here