By Gloria Hong
You voted and I ate, and luckily did not suffer from food poisoning. So what did you pick? Survey says…
Almost half of you wanted me to eat a cronut burger, so I did. And my sincere thanks to you for (the traumatic) experience. Overall, it was pretty terrible. But let’s break it down for you:
The Cronut: Super cinnamon-y and sugary, the cronut had a nice density to it that held together well, even after being split in half and soaking in burger grease. On its own, it reminded me of a churro.
The Patty: Extremely fresh beef, cooked to a juicy perfection. Almost reminded me of a Shake Shack patty, which on another bun, might have been a home run.
The Toppings: I opted for the standard processed cheese topping. You can add bacon and/or a fried egg if it’s not interesting enough for you on its own. And let’s not forget the mushy maple bacon “jam”. The pureed baby-food-esque “jam” was probably the biggest misstep – adding unnecessary flavour and a truly unpleasant texture to the burger.
While every component on its own was not bad, there were too many flavours and textures going on. It definitely felt gimmicky to me – taste is not king in this case. At $10 a burger (actually, more of a slider) it won’t be cheap to fulfill your curiosity.
As the Ex is a great place to explore new food trends, this one goes in the “Dare Food” trend bucket – as in “I dare you to eat this”. Cronut burgers and ramen burgers might be fun to talk about, I don’t think we’ll see them go mainstream in their current form any time soon.
To see the video footage of my “horrific” cronut burger experience, please donate to my “Light the Night” page here and I will send you the link with the password. If you have already donated this year to anyone at SW+A, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the link (honor system people).