New Orleans

Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar

“The house baked bun had a good amount of tooth, for those who like dense bread. The burger itself was very meat forward with little seasoning. Although the cheese was melted perfectly, the burger arrived closer to rare than medium rare. It was downright bloody. The inaccuracy was a letdown for a self-touted gourmet burger bar. Veggies were fresh. This is a beef lover’s burger! The absolute lack of grease and light seasoning really presents the house-ground beef to the eater.”

Burger Chick Rating: 3 out of 5 for the burger

New Orleans – Magazine Street

2200 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 644-4311

Date: Mon. 1/23/2017
Order Time: 5:15 PM
Order Up: 5:26 PM
Wait Time:  11 min.
   Image result for burger emojiImage result for burger emojiImage result for burger emojiImage result for burger emoji 3.5 out of 5
Order:  House Beef with Cheese & Fries – $7.20 (Happy Hour Price!)
   Image result for burger emojiImage result for burger emojiImage result for burger emoji 3 out of 5 
  House Beef

  • House baked white flour buns
  • Charcoal grilled, light grill marks. Patty of house ground meat cooked rare, ordered medium-rare.
  • Yellow cheddar cheese
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Mayo (medium)
  • Mustard (light)
  • Pickles
  • White onions

The house baked bun had a good amount of tooth, for those who like dense bread. The burger itself was very meat forward with little seasoning. Although the cheese was melted perfectly, the burger arrived closer to rare than medium rare. It was downright bloody. The inaccuracy was a letdown for a self-touted gourmet burger bar. Veggies were fresh. This is a beef lover’s burger! The absolute lack of grease and light seasoning really presents the house-ground beef to the eater. On a side note, the upside-down presentation, de rigueur at fancier establishments, leads to some burger slippage late in the eating.

   Image result for burger emojiImage result for burger emojiImage result for burger emoji Image result for burger emoji 4 out of 5
  Hand-cut Fries 

  • Hand-cut & fried
  • Sparsely salted
  • Blondish color
  • Not greasy, but not crispy
  • Heinz 57 in glass

Charcoal’s emphasizes in-house and hand-made. The fries delivered that. The hand-cut fries came out closer to blonde than crispy, had potato skin left on (big fan here), and had a pleasant home-cooked vegetable oil flavor. The portion was not stingy, but it was not overly generous either.

 
  Diet Coke

  • Overly carbonated
  • Light on flavor
  • Fizzy

Stick to the impressive beer list, as the soda machine seems like an afterthought in a restaurant aiming at haute burgers (as opposed to a classic American “Burger n’ Coke” vibe).

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