I hit up Muss & Turner’s this past Sunday for lunch. I was joined by my hetero-life-partner, Aaron. We’ve had brunch a couple of times the last few weeks, and as this meal generally occurs after a 3-4 hour workout, I’m pretty hungry. We usually go the route of splitting a bunch of things.
This time we had the “Now Open on Sunday” fried chicken sandwich, which I believe was formerly named “Never on Sunday”. It’s a good chicken sandwich, like a Chik-Fil-A on steroids. Bigger, crunchier, juicier, and on great challah bread.
We also split the burger and a large order of fries. A large order is generally enough for four normal people.
The burger is on the same bread as the chicken sandwich, and features a large patty of really tasty Riverview grass-fed beef, cooked on their kamado grill, which lends a nice backyard-grilled flavor. I like the little kick from the the addition of roasted poblano too.
I’ve had the burger twice in the last month, and they will cook the burger exactly to order, their recommendation being medium-rare.
It’s the only restaurant in town that has served me a true medium-rare. The inside is extremely red and pleasantly mushy in parts. Aaron thought it was a bit undercooked for his tastes, but I say don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
It’s really, really good. Tom Maicon had it right, though I disagree in one area, I do like just a touch of salt, but agree that most places overdo it. If you get a nice sear on good beef, you don’t need much salt, and you don’t want to distract from the flavor of really good product.
On a related note, I had the “Farmer burger” at FLIP last Friday, which features Gum Creek grass-fed beef. They did lay off the seasoning, but I found the Riverview beef to hold the edge in overall flavor. In addition, the beef patty was packed way too tight at FLIP, resulting in a grainy and less juicy texture. The FLIP burger was $11, the M&T’s burger is $10.93. Neither comes with fries.
It’s not “cheap”, though I did get $25 off our meal because I have the M&T staff swipe my rewards card with each purchase, and for every $250 spent you get a $25 credit. It took me over two years, but that’s faster than the estimated six years it’s going to take me to get that damn free dozen bagels from Goldberg’s. Just three more dozen and those free bagels are mine.
Finally, Muss & Turner’s wine list is good, but I tend to order from their great beer list.