To get started, I am a huge burger fan. The taste, the smell, the mess. Everything about it. While the concept of “gourmet” burgers may seem stupid or even pretentious, the ability of a burger to be basic and taste delicious is what takes it home for me. I know some people who disapprove of burgers because they are simply not “adult” enough. Sure I could go out and grab a real gourmet meal for adults (such as veal or a good bagel, which are in fact hard to come by) at some fancy restaurant or cafe, but being an adult is boring. Basic b*tches where you at? Anyway, I digress. I’ve always been a fan of burgers due to their simplicity and convenience. Easy to eat, customizable, portable if need be, and just flat out amazing. I’ve must have had over a hundred burgers last year and am still on a quest to find the best one. I haven’t really written any of my journeys down so we can begin with this one: Main Street Burgers in Willow Glen.
Main Street Burgers
1100 Lincoln Avenue #160
San Jose, CA 95125
Monday to Thursday 11AM – 8:30PM
Friday 11AM – 9:30PM
Saturday 11AM – 9:30PM
Sunday 11AM – 8:30PM
Main Street Burgers is the brain child of Ed Rathmann, longtime restaurant owner, and opened it’s first location back in 2005. Their mission statement is as follows:
A few years ago, we traveled the country in search of inspiration for a great burger. We returned excited with a commitment to create the best tasting burger and the ultimate milkshake for Main Street Burgers and our community. To achieve this, we use only Niman Ranch beef, ground fresh daily, served on custom fresh baked buns with local produce. Our ice cream comes from a small, local, family owned business that creates premium, rich flavors for our hand scooped, thick shakes.
Niman Ranch beef huh? For those that don’t know, Niman Ranch boasts raising 100% antibiotic-free, hormone free cattle, with plentiful grazing room and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. While not Harris Beef, Niman is still better than the crowded cattle ranches you see while driving down I-5.
Enough history and Angus lessons and let’s get into the food, shall we?
For starters Linh Linh and I had:
Onion Rings ($4) and Lucky Shake (mint cookie milk shake, forgot the price but it was around $5.75)
O K. So when they said they were trying to make the ultimate milkshake, they did (wish I took more pictures T_T). It was the perfect consistency, you know how some milkshakes are so thick they get stuck in your straw and you can’t get any out? Well this one didn’t. Also a plus was that it tasted like thin mints! 5/5
As for the onion rings, they were g r e a t. Batter wasn’t too heavy, the onion rings weren’t too big. Just perfect. 5/5
Alright off to a good start.
50/50 (garlic and sweet potato fries, $4.50)
Honestly, these were just ok. Not the best sweet potato or garlic fries I’ve ever had, but not the worst. They were seasoned really well, it’s just the texture was a little TOO fresh. Think of In-N-Out fries, but garlic-y. 3/5
Nirvana Burger – Smoked Cheddar, house made bacon onion jam, lettuce, tomato, and house made Sriracha mayo on an egg bun ($9.95)
Wow, looks good doesn’t it? That’s what I thought too. I had really high hopes that this would take me to nirvana, however, there were many disappointments that left me back on earth. First of all, when I think of a burger, I think of the patty first. It is after all the protein, the hero, the star. Yet, it was so thin, I wish I had made it a double (but for $3 extra, I don’t know about that). The bun while great, was a little flat as well. The bacon onion jam was great, but most of it was outside of the burger. The vegetables, don’t even get me started on those. They just made the burger too moist. The saving grace for the burger was the smoked cheddar and the Sriracha mayo. The two gave an interesting flavor and decent heat which complimenting the juicy, albeit small, patty.
TLDR: It’s an expensive Carl’s Jr. burger, but imho not as good as the Guacamole Bacon Six Dollar Burger. 3/5
Spicy Chicken Philly – Sliced chicken breast, pasilla peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepper jack, and chipotle mayo on a roll ($8.75)
Alright so here we have a Chicken Philly. There’s chicken and Philly cheesesteak ingredients. The chicken was cooked well; juicy, but under-seasoned. The vegetables on this one, don’t get me started…just kidding they were actually really good. Could have done with less cheese (I love cheese, but this was way too much). It was also…very soggy. Felt more like a french dip at the end more than a Philly. Also the chipotle mayo was concentrated in the middle area, so you couldn’t really taste that until you were midway through your sandwich.
TLDR; Get regular Philly Cheesesteaks. 3/5
Overall, I enjoyed Main Street Burgers. I mean the food wasn’t awful, but it didn’t blow my mind away. Definitely worth going back to try their other offerings (Green Eggs and Bacon, I’m looking at you) to see if maybe it was just a bad day to go.
Would Big Sean give blessings on blessings on blessings? Maybe.
Brian’s Burger Blessings meter (on a scale of 1-Blessed): 6.