Image courtesy of thestandbnt.com
The Stand is a relative newcomer to my burger lexicon. I only “discovered” the place within the last 6 months, after being invited to brunch at Crudo nearby. Since my first visit, though, I have been thrilled by both the product and the pride exhibited at this place.
The Stand promises that their beef is ground fresh daily, never frozen, and you can really taste the difference this makes. A double patty of meaty goodness delivering flavor punches to your mouth bits, this burger is consistently well seasoned and is a solid match of everything else that comes with it.
Sidenote: there may be a opportunity here for someone to put on their lab coat and figure out the flavor science behind a double patty versus a thicker restaurant-style single.
The bun that The Standard comes on is unassuming. The golden dome shown in the picture above it pretty realistic. As with the Double Charburger, this is one that you don’t want to unwrap until you’re down to those last few delicious bites. The bread here does a good job of adding that pillowy texture to pair against the pop of the toppings and the savoriness of the meat, and that’s about it.
I always go no pickles, and usually no tomato on a burger (umami? pfft!), which leaves us with lettuce, onion and stand-sauce. On a few occasions I’ve gotten the bacon as well, and it was well worth it as an added dimension to the sandwich, but certainly not necessary for an enjoyable eating experience. Between the freshness of the produce and the texture from the grill, there is plenty of crunch in this burger.
The cheese does it’s job here; it’s noticeable but not overwhelming as in our discussion of the Double Charburger. You get that creamy texture at the top of your palate that pairs excellently with the seasoned beef and that’s all it needs to do.
The mystery ingredient here is the “stand sauce”. In honesty, I’ve never gotten one that was so saucy (thank you) that I could dip a fry in there and figure out what it was made of. I may have to twist someone’s arm to let me break it down. I know it’s not thousand island, because that’d pretty much be my kryptonite (who liquified pickles?!)
Nothing says terroir like being proud of the community you serve.
Major Bonus Point 1: Kick-Ass Tacos & Shakes.
Major Bonus Point 2: They stand for something. It’s right there on their menu board and on their Homepage.
No Preservatives / Trans Fat Free Oil, 100% Fresh Beef Ground Daily In House, Tender Chicken/ Hormone & Antibiotic Free, Stone Ground Corn Tortillas, Fresh Homemade Lemonades & Horchata, Fresh Vegetables (Local When Available), 100% Cholesterol Free / Gluten Free Rice Bran Oil, Hand-Spun REAL Ice Cream Milkshakes, Salsa / Guacamole Made Fresh Everyday
Ideal or not, I have to give a hearty high-five to any company that is proud to tout their guiding principles and make that promise to the customer up-front.
Major Bonus Points 3: They have a drive-thru. I know this isn’t an ideal delivery/plating method for a lot of the places I get burgers at, but this has definitely increased the number of times I’ve convinced Anie to say “ok, fine” when we didn’t know what to get for dinner.
A delicious burger from fresh ingredients with a well-balanced flavor that doesn’t need gimics to stand-out. Get The Standard with cheese (bacon if your nasty*) and a shake. If you’re really hungry, grab a short-rib or veggie taco, too.
If you’re anything like me, this is a place you’ll be coming back to.
* as in Rhythm Nation, not actually nasty