Set to open this week in the Town Center shopping mall off Glades Road in Boca is an eatery we teased a couple-three weeks ago, Butcher & the Burger.
This Chicago export, from Windy City chef Allen Sternweiler, is (not surprisingly) all about the patty and how you want to gild it. We’re not just talking beef either. There’s turkey, heritage pork, lentils, Key West pink shrimp, bison and salmon, with specials like wild boar, ostrich and duck.
Then the fun really begins. You can have your burger seasoned with everything from salt ‘n’ pepper to “umami” (garlic, ginger, scallions, back sesame seeds, sweet soy glaze). Then pick your bun (or get your burger wrapped in lettuce), cheese and other toppings, which are as prosaic as the ubiquitous LTO and as fancy-pants as sauteed foie gras and black truffle aioli. There’s also a selection of salads, sides and sweets.
They’re not kidding about the butcher thing either. Burgers can be purchased raw, for your own cooking, as well as specialty meats for holidays and such. They’ll also be holding cooking, butchering and food prepping classes for the real do it yourselfers.