Friday, May 7, 2010

Apologies, AJ Bombers

Intruiged by the burger war taking place in Milwaukee this week, I braved the crowd to have my first AJ Bombers burger last night to celebrate the end of my graduate school career...along with one of their Bloody Marys, of course.

It's with a heavy heart that I now make my decision in favor of Sobelman's. While AJB does a good burger, it just wasn't a mind-blowing burger experience like Sobelman's is.

And the bloody at AJB was, um, not good.

But I don't like horseradish, so that definitely biases my opinion.

I like a more savory Bloody with mix of spicy spices, not just a one note spice. Think Trocadero's rosemary-infused vodka bloody, or, yes, Sobelman's spicy spice-tacular concoction.

Bombers does have an intriguingly orignal garnish, though.

I don't know. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I should study for 4 hours straight until my eyes are crossed and then head to Bombers for a burger and then, all things being equal to my Sobelman's experience, the burger and bloody would taste better?


I'm sorry, AJ Bombers. You're a social media darling after my very heart, but I just wasn't moved to the orgasmic food coma that Sobelman's gave me.


After my Sobelman's experience I walked around in a haze of happy for the rest of the day. I literally couldn't wipe the satisfied grin off my face.

After AJ Bombers, however, I hate to say this, but I was not as impressed as I thought I would be. They have a fun atmosphere if the bar is full, and their burger is good and creative, but I left wondering if the gimmick is bigger than the taste.


Anonymous said...

Agreed. I went on a Saturday night and was one of maybe 3 tables full in the whole place around 8:30. WTH? The burger was good, but I think the schtik is why this is a success.

One could argue that schtik is enough to make a restaurant plenty successful though... (Hi, TGIFridays, Hooters, et. al.)

Thanks for having the courage to post this!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for giving us a shot. After-all, it's the only fair way to compare right?

Next time, let me know you're headed in and we'll try the Barrie Burger, it may change your life.


Ms. Quarter said...

Thank Joe - I'll definitely take you up on that offer. I'm incredibly intrigued by peanut butter and bacon on my burger...

Again, the AJ Burger wasn't bad by any means, but I have to stand by my vote in favor of Sobelman's as "best."

Good luck and can't wait to see the episode to see who came out on top!