Kurt ordered the steak and eggs, and I ordered the Plain Ol Burger with cheese. American cheese that is. This burger also came with Rock sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and fresh cut fries. It must also be noted that they hand grind their chuck every morning. Which is pretty impressive given the pub landscape these days.
Big Rock is a cool place. Tap handles line the ceiling of the place, and beer and liquor signs are scattered throughout. There is outdoor seating, very often there are bands there on weekends, and the decor throws a hunter/logger vibe atcha from all sides, from the tin pails on the lampshades to the antique tools on the wood panelled walls, this place feels authentically rustic.
This was a very good day to go to Big Rock because our food didn't take that long to come out of the kitchen at all, and when it came out, it was as hot as you would hope freshly cooked food would be. The burger was cooked well, but was still fairly juicy, which speaks to the freshness of the meat and the flame it was cooked over. The fries were seasoned quite well, and fried almost perfectly.
When I asked where they got their beef, no one seemed to know, but our server, Sarah, inquired as to whether or not everything was okay. It was a refreshing change from the usual indifference you get at most PNW food establishments. Overall, this was a surprisingly good experience. The veggies on the burger were fresh, and the meat itself tasted good. There was even two slices of American cheese on the burger. The scores are as follows:
- Flavor: 6
- Juiciness: 7.5
- Vegetables: 8
- Bun: 7
- Source: 3
- Synergy: 7.5
- Value: 7.5
- Flavor: 7
- Juiciness: 7
- Vegetables: 7
- Bun: 7
- Source: 2
- Synergy: 8
- Value: 8
It must be noted, and I am sure you will notice that the scores for SOURCE brought the overall burger scores down quite a bit. That is why we post these, so if a certain element of a food item is not important to you, you can discount it and make your decision based on the numbers that more accurately represent your value system.
For my piece, I care a great deal where my food comes from. That is part of why I am doing this project. It is not so much that all food must be local and organic, BUT, it is important that you know where your food comes from, and what type of food delivery system you are contributing to with your dollars. Personally, I would prefer my money to go into local pockets, all the way down to the farmer. I realize that is not the world we live in, but I am an idealist when it comes to food, because after all, I am putting it in my body.
In the end, it is, in my opinion, almost impossible to come up with a good final product if all of the ingredients you put in to that final product are crap, but there are always exceptions. One I will present for your consideration is American cheese. No, it is not actual food, but, it does wondrous things to hamburgers which not even I can deny. It definitely improved the synergy of this burger, and only cost $1 more to add it.