Wednesday, April 22, 2009

bison burgers

i headed north to columbus last weekend for a conference. i have one rule when eating out in another city: it can't be anywhere that i can eat in cincinnati. ted's montana grill fit this requirement and promised bison burgers.

ted's (founded by ted turner) is interesting because it is very eco-friendly, you know, for a chain restaurant that serves burgers and chicken fried chicken. the straws are made of paperboard. the toilets flush two ways; up for liquid and down get the picture. they are 99% plastic free. that's admirable.
the ambiance in the restaurant is great. dark wood paneling. big bar. very masculine, but not oppressive. bowls of pickles on each table.
we all ordered bison burgers, which are served up 25 different ways and all are presented with an american flag stuck in the top (obviously removed pre-photo).
the burgers were a good size and full of EXCELLENT flavor. not at all greasy. mine had bleu cheese, mushrooms, and bacon, which i paired with rancho zabaco dancing bull zinfandel. (seemed appropriate.) the bun held up well to the giant burger. the fries were also amazing. fresh cut and not overly oiled or overly browned. this is kind of blasphemous, but i think i like them better than terry's turf club. shh...they may revoke my cincinnati blogging privileges.

for dessert we shared the strawberry shortcake, which i easily could have eaten all by myself. the shortcake was real shortcake, not that spongy crap kroger's tries to pass off as shortcake. the berries and syrup were fresh and not too sweet. i think the server mentioned they were organic strawberries and never frozen. a perfect ending.*must give props: all photos are the handiwork of my fellow pharmacy student andy, who kindly humored my blogging habit. thanks, andy.

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Broadway Carl said...

Hey k,

Thought you might be interested in this. Very amusing, especially for a Yankees hater.

Clausewitz said...

Oi. Parabéns pelo excelente blog. Gostaria de lhe convidar para visitar meu blog e conhecer alguma coisa sobre o Brasil. Abração

jenny kay said...

I have the no-chain-restaurant rule when I travel, too. You can get McDonald's any old time!

The burgers look delish.

CincyCapell said...

I love ground bison, and have been buying it for years at Eckerlin's Meats at Findlay Market. Bison is much lower in both cholesterol & saturated fat then beef, and it's leaner as well. You do have to be careful when cooking it, however, because it is very lean. It overcooks very easily. We use it for burgers, meatloaf, chili and mexican dishes. I haven't tried a bison steak yet, but I bet that it would be yummy.

WestEnder said...

I was in Columbus the day you posted this. I wish I knew about it! Instead I ate a whole pizza from Bridge St. Pizza (pretty good, fyi) because I couldn't find my fellow conference attendees to get dinner together.

Turns out they were in the hospitality suite which I didn't know about. Bastards.

On the upside, I was the only one from our office who made the 8AM lecture.