Thursday, November 17, 2011

Charlie's Buns 'n Stuff

Charlie's Buns 'n Stuff is a burger-and-fries food truck located in Seattle, Washington. They can generally be found on Thursdays and Fridays at Starbucks Headquarters, although they could show up at other events and times as well.

Charlie's Buns 'n Stuff is the brainchild of Veronica Weaver, and an expansion of Charlie's Dog House (a hot dog and sausage cart). For those wondering, "Charlie" is Veronica's beloved Yorkshire Terrier.

Menu (mid-October 2011)
I ordered the Spicy Burger ($9): a 1/3 lb organic beef patty, topped with pepperjack cheese, chipotle mayo, and sliced jalapenos on a brioche bun.

Spicy Burger (Charlie's Buns 'n Stuff)
Geez, this photo makes it look like a McDLT (look that up if you don't know what I mean)

This mouthful of a burger gets mixed reviews. I appreciated the melted cheese, chipotle mayo, and jalapenos for an attempt at "spicy." However, I guess my taste buds are used to extremely spicy foods, because I detected next to zero spice in my burger. The patty was OK, but just slightly overcooked. Finally, while the bottom bun was soft, the top part of the brioche bun was heavy and dense. A soft toasted bun (that can hold everything in place) can really play a big factor in a great burger experience.

When looking at the online menu, I saw Charlie's offers a PB burger. Yes, that's right, peanut butter and bacon with their 1/3 lb organic beef patty. I would have loved to try that, but apparently it was not on the truck menu at the time of my visit. Oh well, maybe next time.

Charlie's burgers have potential. For right now, it was an average first experience. 5/10

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