Anniversary Burger

Sorry if the title of my post is a little misleading.  I’m not referring to some special anniversary edition burger that I got to try, although the burger itself was pretty special.  The “anniversary” is actually in reference to my 5 year wedding anniversary that my wife and I celebrated earlier this year.  This may become a recurring theme, but the wife (boy, do I love this woman!) willingly let us celebrate at a restaurant where I could get a burger to sink my teeth into.  I know, I know…I probably should’ve taken her to a nice fancy restaurant, maybe a nice Italian place with romantic ambience or something, but I wanted a burger.  Can you blame me??

At the suggestion of a friend, we went to Roaring Fork, a restaurant known for its American cuisine and wood fired cooking methods.  My wife and I don’t go out to eat too often, so when we do, I’m sure to indulge a little a LOT.  I mean, my wife’s an excellent cook and getting better all the time, but she’s really into healthy eating…REALLY into healthy eating.  Flaxseed, quinoa, hemp seed, nutritional yeast, brown rice…and the list goes on.  I can’t complain, though.  She keeps me healthy and makes sure my heart’s ticking the way that it should.  🙂

Back to the food…  We started with an appetizer – a kettle of green chili pork served with hot buttered flour tortillas.  Just repeating the name of the appetizer makes my mouth water.  In all honesty, I was pretty full after the pork, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me from enjoying my “Half A**” Burger in its entirety.  Well…if we’re being honest, I had actually gone in with the intention of eating their “Big A**” Burger, but I couldn’t do it.  A 3/4 lb burger topped with poblano pepper, cheddar, smoked pepper bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and served with a side of fries was just too much for me to handle.  Shame on me.  I know.  I opted for the more manageable 1/2 lb patty with all the same fixins.  The poblanos added a nice subtle heat, the veggies were crisp and fresh, and the bacon was perfect – wonderfully thick, amazingly crisp, and appropriately peppered.  The bacon strips also imparted a complementary smoky flavor to the burger.

The Half A** was on the tall side, so eating it was a bit of a challenge and required frequent use of my napkin.  But I didn’t mind the eating difficulties one bit as the flavors were spot on.  My wife and I really enjoyed our Roaring Fork experience and hope to eat there again soon.  Next time, Big A** Burger…next time.

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