Meateor By Edwin Velez
All american By Lee M.
After months and months of anticipation, and a delayed opening, Lee and I finally had the chance to try out the Brown Bag Burger that opened up locally in our area. Having never been before, we figured we would give a new addition to the dining choices in our town a shot. As a huge fan of burgers, I was eager to see what the buzz was about and get my hands (and mouth) on one of their offerings.
As we walked through the tiny opening, we were greeted quickly and politely. The dining area was pretty small, but used efficiently. It had a small bar too that could seat several others, as well as a seperate to-go line for take out orders. The best part about the close seating is getting a good view at other patron's orders. That as well as the view of the kitchen, which was open. It was cozy, albeit a little cramped at times but being a brand new location gave it the luxury of having fresh commodities.
We started off by sharing an appetizer to really flesh out the experience. Lee ordered us some boneless wings,and we asked about a "ninja" sauce that we were interested in. Our waitress had no idea what it was unfortunately, so we took the safe route and got buffalo sauce. At $5 for an order of 5 wings, you would think you were going to be served some decent sized pieces. Nope. In reality you end up paying a $1 for what I can only describe as microwave quality wings that were smaller than swedish meatballs. Not a good way to start. I can't say the same of the traditional style wings without trying them, but I wouldn't even risk it.
Recently I had to have surgery in order to remove my wisdom teeth, I decided to go back home (Ohio) a day earlier to hangout with the other star of Player2Reviews, Edwin. We have been anticipating the opening of a Brown Bag Burgers in our city (Lorain, Ohio). I thought why not have dinner there before we started playing some games, figured it be a great opportunity to try out the food and see the new restaurant as well as a food review!
The place has a decent sized ating area with a bar that has about I want to say 8 to 10 bar seats. With about I believe 10 to 12 taps on hand. An open view over the kitchen which I have been seeing as new common thing in newer restaurants. Seating areas were standard tables and chairs with some booths that backed up to the walls. A very modern design with very high ceilings, they had about 5 T.V.s playing sports around. The menus were on the placemats which made them very neat and condensed, easy to understand.
To start off, I love chicken wings. Boneless or bone in, it doesn’t matter I love that shit. Any kinds of sauces, dry rubs, whatever I’ll eat it. So seeing that they had bone in and boneless wings on the menu for an appetizer I thought why not give it a shot. I ordered 5 boneless wings with traditional buffalo sauce which is about 4.99 so I figured theyd be like jumbo sized or something. NOPE I WAS WRONG. They came out as pretty much Tyson brand microwave chicken nuggets. They were poo poo and not worth the 5 dollars. A dollar per wing is crazy. Don’t get the wings here. 1/5 for wings
With burger in the title, and word of mouth spreading like crazy, I thought regardless of my choice I would be satisfied. I decided to get the Meateor, which was an italian sandwich style burger. The burger was topped with ham, salami, banana peppers, lettuce, provolone, italian dressing, and something called revolutionary sauce. Now I think most people would agree that when you order a burger, you want the patty itself to be the highlight of the meal. This was not the case. I had a single patty order and figured that would be enough at, once again, a place that revolved around burgers. I was let down, as the presentation was less than flattering and what was served to me was a rather thin burger. As I ate it, I could hardly taste the burger itself, and was overwhelmed by the italian sauce. The fries saved the meal, being the natural cut style that you typically put vinegar on. They were top notch, and the burger had so much potential but fell way flat of my expectations. If I go again I would order a double patty.
Final Score: 3/5
They had a vast selection of different specialty burgers on the menu but I’m kind of a plain style burger guy so I did the build your own with standard one patty, cheese, and ketchup with a medium sized fry. The have a ton of loaded fry options that I'd like to try next time. But furthermore the burger was a very good size on great bread, (I`m not a bread expert so idk what bread it was but it was good… ) The patty itself was seasoned but was kind of flat or thin so you don’t get as much as a hearty meat taste. The best way to describe it is like a steak n shake patty, very thin, but I did enjoy it. The fries though I think might have been the best part. They were like carnival style fries is the way I'd describe them. I added some salt and pepper with some ketchup and mmmmmmmmmm yummy. Overall the burger wasn’t bad but wasn’t the greatest either. I will definitely go back to Brown Bag burger, but I'll get a double burger or maybe even a triple ??? (If I want my heart to stop… ) Overall the whole experience ranks in at a 3.5/5
Final Score: 3.5/5