I spent last weekend in South Jersey with the birthday girl for her big birthday weekend. After an afternoon of following her through the finest department stores in Ocean County, we headed to Three B’s in Lakehurst for a little bit of whatever we wanted (seriously, this place served like 6 distinct cuisines).
I headed straight to their burger section and saw that their Prime Brisket Burger was the “best burger you will ever find!”, so I had to put it to the test. A patty of medium-rare USDA prime ground brisket, applewood smoked bacon, and Wisconsin sharp cheddar on brioche with ketchup and mayo, and a side of cole slaw and potato wedges.
First off: ok, this was a fantastic burger. Like, oh my god. Some may decry the gourmetization of hamburgers over the past year, but any food movement that puts a prime cut of beef through a grinder is fine by me.
(Side note: one time, a chef at a five star restaurant in NYC ground up one of their most expensive steaks and turned it into a burger for me, and it was one of the top ten food experiences of my life.)
The burger was juicy, tender, and actually medium-rare, which is surprisingly hard to find sometimes. And what’s more, this burger was neat. Too often, a restaurant’s prime burger attraction will fall apart in my hands after three bites and I have to finish the damn thing with a fork, but this cleanly stayed in my hands and between its buns and ended as deliciously as it started. Just fab.
The potato wedges were tasty, thick, and hit a perfect balance between crunchy outside and potato-y inside. And greasy. The right kind of greasy.
Only drawback was their cole slaw: this was bad cole slaw. Cole slaw is a cabbage salad with a mayonnaise-based dressing. Cole slaw is not a cup of mayonnaise with some bits of cabbage in it. That is a disturbingly common misconception that too many restaurants hold.
Cole slaw aside, I can’t recommend the Prime Brisket Burger at Three B’s in Lakehurst, NJ enough. While you’re there, stop at Boemio Italian Market two doors down. Lots of awesome little jars of stuff.
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