Visit #2, with some hungry hungry friends. After the first experience of the endless queue of hell, we had a better strategy: going well before noontime.
This time we were only 2 people back in the queue, and got our food in about 20 minutes from the initial queue-up, to the pick-up. We were also well-prepared to avoid those horrible yam chips. Really, those yam chips are bringing the rest of the burger bus experience down. Anyone I’ve chatted with makes their extreme disappointment in the yam chips abundantly clear, and they say so upfront, no goading on my part.
But this isn’t all doom and gloom. NO, we love the Burger Bus! The cheeseburger with jelly is a fabulous combination. And the onion rings, in all their deep fried greasy glory, are sweet, crisp and delicious. And why not? They are Telegraph beer battered. A sure win.
I got the standard hamburger and onion rings. AJ got the CB&J with bacon, and onion rings. Tom, the resident vegetarian, got the falafel and onion rings. McMarko, I cannot remember what he got, but I do remember he did not get the onion rings and felt woefully left out.
Warning: do not put the onion rings on your lap. Ever. The amount of oil that emerges from them will horrify you. But that is what makes them so utterly good. It’s like they didn’t drain them on kitchen towels after frying, but put them straight into your paperbag. Your lovely translucent paperbag glistening with oil.
It is a slight shame that one cannot specify the wellness of the beef in the burger. It’s all cooked well-done. But I am not fussed. The combination of grilled onions and jelly and the chewy but not too thick ciabattta roll more than make up for it. And don’t forget, all local source/local business here. Grassfed Shalhoob beef. Worth the extra money.
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I’d been watching the updates on the Burger Bus for about six months, so of course I’d make an effort to sample the goods in their first week of biznas.
The burgers are not your typical. The beef is grass-fed Shalhoob’s, the bread is Our Daily Bread’s ciabatta. Other ingredients, like cheese, jam, lettuce, are sourced from the local farmers market.
With all this localness comes a higher price. The cheeseburger and its jelly variations are $7.50. I’m a big supporter of grass-fed beef and buying local, so I find this price quite reasonable. Late night drunk diners, if that’s part of the BB’s demographic, might not agree. We’ll see.
Yam chips…sounded great in theory. Execution was meh. Mine were limp and soggy, and I was sure to snap one straight out of the bag as soon as it landed in my hands. It’s okay – the onion rings looked really fab and I’ll get those next time. Swears.
I ordered the CB&J #2 – cheeseburger and jelly special #2. That’s the jelly assortment. At the time, it was strawberry, ollalaberry and some other berry. It doesn’t include tomato and lettuce, but does have grilled onions. It was delicious.
We ordered at the City of Goleta lot. There were maybe 8 people in front of it. Half an hour later there was 4 people in front of us. The queue was oh so painfully slow. I accept that in the first few weeks of business there will be some kinks in the workflow. That’s fine. Maybe Our Daily Bread will pre-cut the ciabatta rolls for them, so the woman taking orders, delivering orders and doing prep work won’t have to also slice bread on top of everything else. Just saying.
So…it took about 60 minutes from start to finish of ordering and collecting our food. My friend said the wait was “worth it.”
They’re on twitter, btw. http://twitter.com/TheBurgerBus
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