So a couple of weeks ago I tried this almost awesome burger at White Tiger Gourmet — a terrific, hip-without-trying-too-hard joint in Athens.
More on White Tiger in a sec.
First the burger: I say “almost awesome” because I loved nearly everything about it, specifically the juicy/crusty patty, the great bun, the grilled onions, the crisp greens.
I hated the American cheese, however. I always hate American cheese. It’s like eating melted plastic bags. It coats your tongue with its petroleum-product texture and its processed flavor.
And yet the kind of people who bake their own buns, and cure their own pickles, and grind their own cows (you know who I’m talking about) use American cheese because of the way it melts.
Sorry, I can’t deal with the American cheese on the Bocado burger, either. Deal breaker.
I just noticed that the kids over at Eatocracy got into this discussion recently once the comments started rolling in.
You know what’s good cheese on a hamburger? Good cheese.
Who’s with me?
Now back to White Tiger, which is tucked into Athens’ Boulevard District in a cool old grocery store:
Off to the left are some charcoal smokers and more picnic tables. The menu goes heavy on smoked meats, burgers, fresh ice cream and — this being Athens — lots of vegetarian-friendly fare.
You order inside, and there are several tables if you prefer.
We tried this sandwich special, the Barbarella, that piled on some seriously decent smoked pork, provolone cheese and white barbecue sauce onto a ciabatta roll.
We also got a side of grilled cabbage that was spicy, greasy and kind of awesome. I really loved this place (despite the American cheese.)