Hamburgers are modeled after Victorian-era architecture, a style known for its sesame-seed-dusted roofs, flowing lettuce curtains, and meat everywhere. Feast ornately upon a well-formed feeding frenzy with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet burgers and more at Basement Burger Bar in Farmington.
The pattymeisters inside the Basement Burger Bar kitchen stick to their meat-minded strengths, slinging out saucy sustenance from a full menu of made-to-order hamburgers. Chomp circles around marquee munchables such as the peppery jalapeño-laden Hot Mama ($7) or a savory vegetarian portobello-mushroom burger ($8), or channel the ghost of Picasso’s favorite short-order cook with an artistically constructed build-your-own burger. Diners select circumnavigable proteins from patties made of beef, black bean, buffalo, and others before topping sandwiches with all the usual fixins as well as premium options ($0.50+ each) such as apple-smoked bacon, crispy onion straws, and mozzarella sticks. Catch up on all the sporting life with Technicolor matchups dazzling across one of the TVs mounted above the Basement’s full bar, or squeeze in some pub-style competition of your own with a complimentary game of darts or stein juggling.
Housed in the basement of the century-old historical Cook & Co. building, Basement Burger Bar boasts all the exposed red brick and elbow-polished wooden bars one expects to find in a roaring speakeasy. Between bites, diners can peruse the online daily specials for timeless tavern pastimes including trivia contests, beer-pong tournaments, and shadow-puppet retellings of Ulysses.
Basement Burger Bar
The sound of sizzling grills punctuates the gentle whir of beer taps at Basement Burger Bar. Here, amid, exposed brick and flat-screen TVs, craft brews and cooked-to-order Angus beef compete for the spotlight as guests crunch through baskets of fried pickles and jalapeño poppers. Protein-packed ingredients such as bison, turkey, and black beans form burger bases, which diners can customize with bacon, grilled pineapple, blue cheese, and more than 30 other add-ons. Instead of cleansing palates with miniature squeegees, the bar draws pint-size baths of Short's seasonal suds and Dogfish Head Brewery ale, and a soon-to-open second location aims to sate hunger and thirst.