Monday, August 6, 2012

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

After reviewing all the new choices in Birkdale, I was left wondering, "What do I feel like eating?" There are just SOOOO many tasty options to try in Birkdale. So, I did what any destiny-defying, independent, alpha-male would do.

I asked my wife.

Surprisingly, she was in the mood for burgers. And off we went to Bad Daddy's.

We arrived on a Saturday afternoon, just a few minutes after 12 p.m. The place was already packed and I figured that we'd have to wait. Fortunately, there was one table left and we grabbed a seat about half way back, along the window.

Continue reading for the summary, score and restaurant info:

Bad Daddy's is decorated with an urban/industrial-chic flavor -- there's lots of metal and concrete. Some televisions adorn the walls (but not too many -- like Taco Mac), and the noise level is on the higher side -- but not so much that you need to yell every word.. Not surprisingly, families with children were everywhere and the place has things like a high chairs and a kids menu.

Once we grabbed a seat, we took a look at the menu, and were slightly overwhelmed.  Not surprisingly, the menu is loaded with anything that can go between two buns.  There's a tuna burger, a chicken burger, a buffalo burger, a black bean burger and, of course, a hamburger.

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They have many pre-suggested burgers with a wide variety of toppings: cheeses, veggies, meats, olives and fried onions -- just to name a few.  However, one that I didn't try (but desperately wanted to) was the "Buttermilk Fried Bacon." It sounds amazing, but I really didn't want to have a coronary later in the day.  So I chose to have a standard bacon cheeseburger because it's healthier.  I also ordered a side of sweet potato fries -- which turned out to be a GREAT idea!

After a relatively short wait, we were brought our burgers.  And about a minute later, the fries arrived.  I'm guessing they didn't want the burgers to get cold while waiting on the fries.  Yeah, the timing was sorta a bummer, but I like the fact that the freshness of the food was the priority.

The bun was lightly toasted, and held a 6 oz hand-pressed beef patty. It was topped with a sharp white cheddar cheese, a couple slices of bacon, lettuce and ripe tomato.  The sweet potato fries were pre-salted, and came with a side of Chipotle ranch for the fries, which I requested.

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It had been a while since I last had a burger, and this one TOTALLY hit the spot. It was cooked perfectly to my medium-well request with a hot pink center.  The toppings were delicious: the bacon was crispy and not too fatty, the lettuce was crisp and the tomatoes were ripe. The bun seemed fresh and had enough substance so that it didn't fall apart while eating the burger. The fries were awesome, crunchy on the outside and tender in the inside.

I relished every bite of every bit.  Absolutely delicious!

Friendly and relatively fast service, combine with endless possibilities of burgers and tasty food that make us want to return again. Definitely recommended if you're craving a burger.

Atmosphere: 3.5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Total: 11.5/15

Price: $$ (burger, soda and tip will put you well into the $14 - $16 per person range)
Kid Friendly: Yes. Lots of kids abound. Children's menu is available

Restaurant Info:
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar
Birkdale Village
8625-A Lindholm Drive
Huntersville, NC  28078


Mon.  Wed. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Thurs.  Fri. 11 – 12 a.m.
Sat. 8 – 12 a.m.
Sun. 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Breakfast 8  11 a.m. Saturday & Sunday

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