Rise & Shiner Burger
It's been too long since my last review, so when I heard about a new burger joint that sprung up not to far from where I stay I knew I had to give it a go. Knucklehead Burgers is the newest edition to the ever growing burger world. Their website does not really tell you much about the place, it's mission, nor it's back story. Really I didn't have much insight into exactly who they are, but that stuff is pretty boring anyway. I really just want to try the food. Taste is what really defines a winner in my book.
Knucklehead Burgers sits in a quaint shopping center in Davie, just South of Griffin Road. I brought my boy Ed in to help me with this review. The first thing I noticed was decor. The walls were bright and vibrant, colored with blues, greens, and reds. It was very welcoming as was the staff. The place was clean as a whistle. When someone got up and left the staff was right there to wipe down tables for the next customer and they were vigorously walking around checking to make sure customers were happy. I could see and smell burgers hitting a flatop back in the kitchen and my tastebuds bagan to perk up. We ordered, got our order number, sat down and waited for the food to be delivered.
Burger - Rise & Shiner Burger $7.59 or $7.99 (Price differs on website and paper menu - weird) - Fried grade AA egg, melted sharp cheddar cheese, and thick slab smoked pecan bacon
The food arrived and the burger looked mediocre. I looked under the bun hoping to find an egg cooked with a runny yolk, but it was fried hard, way overcooked in fact with no taste. I wanted that yolk to pop and run down all over the burger like a sauce, but no luck here. The bun was toasted and pretty dry. The bacon had some real smokiness, which was a positive, and also had a slight pecan scent and flavor which made it quite different than your average bacon slab. Now we get the burger patty itself. Knucklehead Burgers is self described as "a hamburger: hand-formed with our Kh Signature Blend of filet mignon, brisket, and chuck." Unfortunately, the blend makes no difference once you good beyond belief. I ordered a medium-rare burger which came out well done. A well done burger does not really allow you to enjoy the real flavor or texture that was meant by the blend. The whole thing was just a dry mess and the lack of seasoning gave it no help. No salt detected at all. I doused it with ketchup and hot sauce but nothing could resuscitate this knucklehead back to life.
Side - Parmesan Garlic Fries $2.59
The fries were definitely of the frozen variety. They were hot and crispy, but had no real potato flavor. The garlic flavor was not really apparent. Only parmesan could be detected.
Drink - Edy's Chocolate Milkshake $4.59
This milkshake was the real winner of the meal. It was thick, smooth, ice cold, and delicious. They served it with a thick straw for easy suckage. It really was the best part of the meal by far.
Conclusion: The place looks great and has tons of energy. The staff is friendly and seems to genuinely care. However the food was a total let down, especially once you see how much you paid. The total for my just food was right above $15. You can easily get better product for much cheaper at another burger joint. My boy Ed completely agreed.