Crazy Burger: Not All Burgers are Created Equal

In case you weren’t aware, today is actually National Cheeseburger Day. In my mind, it is one of the most underrated Holidays around (if it even qualifies as one). There are few things more American than a good ol’ fashioned burger, so let’s erase other pointless Holidays like Flag Day from the calendar and celebrate our American heritage by splurging on some big, juicy cheeseburgers instead. What do ya say?!

I’m always searching for the best burger around…that’s for sure. After making one last trip to the beach before officially saying farewell to summer, I decided to stop by “Crazy Burger” in Narragansett Pier. This wacky burger cafe is cranking out some crazy combinations that you can’t find anywhere else on the planet. They were even featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Guy was dropping tons of obnoxious Fieri-isms about how the food was money and how they were driving the train straight to flavortown, lol. In all seriousness though, he couldn’t seem to get enough of the Luna Sea Burger which was made with freshly ground salmon, mixed with pistachio pesto and baked in phyllo dough with a side of orange-chipotle mayo. So I was definitely intrigued and anxious to give this place a try!

As usual, I decided to order the strangest, yet most delicious sounding item on the menu. I went with the Mahi Mahi Taco Burger which was marinated Mexican style with jalapenos and citrus. It was baked with a corn chip crust, wrapped in a tortilla, packed with apple-jicama slaw and pico de gallo, and served with a side of avocado lime puree (another fancy name for guacamole I guess).

Needless to say, this was not your ordinary burger. In fact, it actually tasted more like an over sized fish taco (as the name suggests) as opposed to an actual burger. I applaud the creativity, but honestly, the execution here was lacking. By baking the Mahi Mahi, adding a corn chip crust, and then wrapping in a tortilla, it caused it to become extremely dry. There was not nearly enough citrus or sauce to moisten the burger thing I was eating. I did enjoy the apple-jicama slaw which added a nice crunch and hint of sweetness, although it was the only component that really had any flavor. I expected some big, bold flavors considering it was marinated Mexican style, but unfortunately it fell short.

I would be willing to give Crazy Burger another try based solely on their creativity. Perhaps a different burger choice would have been an entirely different story. But based on my first try, Providence has plenty of better options when it comes to burgers…which is definitely why we were recently named as the Best Burger City in the country. So there is no need for me to drive down to the beach again when I can get a solid, more reliable burger right in the heart of the city.

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