bareburger and other things

Last Saturday started out with a few things that happened at the grocery store that threatened to ruin my mood for the rest of the day.

The lady who was breathing down my neck the entire time we were waiting on line, as if being closer to me would make the line go faster.
That cashier that proceeded to put the heavier items on top of things like bread and napkins.
That other guy at the courtesy booth who refused to give me the 2 for $5 coffee sale, even though I was clearly in the right because their sale sign was very misleading (and as a person who has worked customer service before, I know to always read the fine print).

I was cursing all of you under my breath the whole way home.

But then Bob’s family came to visit us for the first time in a long time and we took them out to one of our favorite spots in Astoria.

Over a year ago, when Bob and I were searching for an apartment in the area, we stopped at Bareburger. We sat outside on the patio devouring these delicious burgers and feeling excited about moving in together, even though we had just been stood up by one realtor and shown a piece of crap apartment by another.

Since we ended up finding an apartment we loved in the end, that’s all very funny to us now. Kind of like how I’ll feel in a few days about that lady and the cashier and the courtesy booth guy.

Anyway, Bareburger. I have this criteria for an enjoyable burger that not many restaurants adhere to. They need to be tender, juicy, well-seasoned, have very low-if any-gristle content, a soft bun and can’t be bigger than my face (what is with this giant burger phenomenon?). Bareburger just gets it. The onion rings are dangerously addictive and don’t even get me started on the assortment of dips for you to saturate your fries in. It feels guilty and greasy, but all ingredients are natural, organic, grass-fed….you know, all those good words we want to hear when we’re paying $10-$15 for a burger.

It’s worth it, it’s worth it, it’s worth it.

The desserts are clearly beautifully presented and exquisite, which isn’t expected of a burgers-and-fries joint. It explains not one, but two desserts. Two desserts! All by myself.

Just kidding, We shared. I’m not that much of a beast.

So, no, those silly earlier events did not ruin my day. I have a great guy with a great family and we were able to share this incredible lunch together and when I realize that, it’s difficult for me to sulk over some crushed napkins and a few dollars that I could have saved.

Also, I suspect I might have been a bit hangry at the grocery store.

16 responses to “bareburger and other things”

  1. angela says:

    I do dislike when people stand shoulder to shoulder with me at the cash register. If I have a cart I leave my cart always between me and the other person the whole time till I pay and start to get out. All the things you mentioned can be irritating. Glad you got to sit down and have a nice meal. It looks owesome!

  2. rooth says:

    NOM those burgers look awesome. And people in the grocery store on the weekends are so nasty and always in a rush. I do my grocery shopping on the weekdays just to avoid the craziness of Sunday shoppers

  3. Shannon says:

    Ahhh that burger looks DELISH!!

  4. so glad you guys had a great time. that burger and the trimmings look so delicious. YUMMMMMM I’m so hungry! hahaha i hate when someone doesn’t know how to bag things. bread, eggs, etc. should not be smooshed. one time a lady had like 3 items and i had a basket full of groceries. i told her the under 10 item is to the left. she said oH! BRAIN DAMAGED! hahaha

  5. Georgina says:

    And now I have burger cravings. Curse you.

  6. tayler says:

    ahhh! that food looks so good. YUM.
    Tempting. And yes, those burger requirements are a must.

  7. Megan says:

    How do you stay so skinny?

  8. ahh its annoying when things like that happen but at least you got your burger! xxx

  9. Tanya says:

    Those damn bastards well I oughta show them no good grocery staff!
    I agree with you every way possible its like they just they are there to annoy you especially lil old ladies no offense Grammys out there… But it’s true they are so rude. Sorry you had to encounter it but it surely won’t be the last :/

  10. Alyssa says:

    So not hungry, yet I really want to try that burger now!
    I completely understand hangry, btw.
    I always try to eat before shopping because of the inevitable grumpy side of me that comes out!

  11. colleen says:

    oh man – being hangry is the worst! fixing that with bareburger looks to be the right thing (seriously that looks amazing).

  12. Kelsey says:

    Oh my god my mouth is salivating. Why is it only noon…
    Just checked out the website and I will def be visiting one of the Manhattan Bareburger’s!
    x Kelsey

  13. Ugh. People with no concept of personal space really aggravate me, I can just about stand it in the train because there is no space but there is no excuse for it in the grocery store (and thank you for the definition of hangry, I suffer from this often). I am now craving a bareburger! BAD!

  14. sherri lynn says:

    oh man being hangry is the worst! that’s me about every night, especially when dinner doesn’t run as scheduled and/or a new recipe flops. also, these burgers look insanely good! i am anti-ginormous burger, too.

  15. Lena says:

    I’m DROOLING–what a delicious meal, and a fantastic way to shake off a frustrating day!

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