Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bull City Burger and Brewery

I love hamburgers.  I really do.  And on Monday I found out that Downtown Durham will have a new restaurant in February 2011.  And not just any restaurant.  Burgers and beer.  And not just any burgers and beer.  100% grass-fed, hormone-free NC beef for the burgers and dogs, house-baked buns, fries cooked in peanut oil or duck confit, pound cake with ice cream and chocolate sauce... just to whet your appetite.  A "Stretcher of the Day"-- a lamb burger with fried goat cheese and mint pesto or how about a beef burger with foie gras and fig chutney.  What's a "stretcher," you ask?  A burger so big you have to stretch your mouth around it.  Did I mention that one of the toppings will be caramelized onions? 
The ales and lagers will also be made on the premises.  I do not know much about beer yet, but I am a quick learner.  The wine will come from Wine Authorities and there will be an Enomatic machine in the restaurant.  For those of you unfamiliar with this wonderful invention, it is a machine that dispenses wine by the taste, half glass or full glass.  Sort of wine-on-tap that you access with a pre-paid card. 
Families and kids are welcome.  Seating inside and out.  All in historical downtown Durham on East Parrish Street.   And never fear, vegetarians, you will have choices, too.
And who is behind Bull City Burger and Brewery? 

My go-to guy for wine advice and recipes, none other than Seth Gross, co-owner of Wine Authorities, my favorite hangout and wine shop.  Seth is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, NY.   He brewed beer professionally in Chicago.  He's been in the restaurant business for 25 years.  He is a strong believer in the farm-to-fork concept of eating.  He promises no high-fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils.  I intend to do a real interview with Seth very soon.  And probably beg for a job next summer.  Will work for burgers and fries.     
Check out the website and follow the progress.

Bon appétit, Bull City and Seth!

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