Good Stuff Eatery lately?
I'm thinking about trying Good Stuff on the Hill for lunch tomorrow and was wondering how crowded it's been lately? I know it's been crazy hyped, but I really just want something different for lunch and to try one of those toasted marshmallow shakes. Also, for those who have been, what are the best burgers to order?
I went there with a friend at 6 pm last night, in fact, and it was nearly empty. Service was really fast, too.
It was my first time there (I was waiting for the hype to die down). I have to say that I agree with the people who aren't all that impressed. I don't think it's worth paying that much for a burger if you don't have control over the doneness of the meat - my burger was medium well and kind of dry. $12 for a burger and less than a pint of Yuengling is just too much when it doesn't come with some sort of interesting atmosphere (they were playing Fox News on a TV upstairs, ecccch).
(kallisti, this is too weird - you didn't eat there last night at 6 before the Shakespeare last night too, did you? This would be hilarious if you actually were my friend who I've been eating with unbeknownst to me.)
I am sorry to say this, but that place is probably the most overrated and overhyped in the city. I work in the area, so I thought I should try one of its burgers and I did yesterday. It was not that good, certainly not worth my time waiting in the line. The meat patty fell apart into crumbles. The only good thing about it is its PA Dutch buns. They were out of rosemary fries. For a good burger in the area, Hawk & Dove is the place to go to. Everything is so artifical at GSE.
I work in the area as well and have tried Good Stuff many times (over 5) since they opened. I am a big Top Chef fan, I love burgers and the hill desperately needed a new quick food place for lunch so I was predesposed to really like it.
I understand that it's new, that is has gotten a lot of hype and there are bound to be lines. For a good burger I will wait a LONG time. My first issue isn't with the lines, it's with the service. It amazes me that after being open for almost a month and having crazy lines every single day, almost all day, that haven't perfected their technique. I mean when I was there last week, they weren't even cooking the burgers from scratch (they were just heating precooked) and it still took 20 minutes after ordering to get my burger.
Then there was the time I just got a milkshake, the toasted marshmallow, which was amazing with homeade marshmallow (not the storebought kind) and I don't even like marshmallow. their's shakes are probably the best thing there. Now granted they are hand spun, so I don't mind waiting a little bit for a milkshake, but I was ONLY getting a milkshake and how long did I wait? 15 minutes. I kid you not. for a milkshake. I know we have all been to diners and ice cream shops the nation over and rarely if ever had to wait that long.
Then there was the time I went with my vegetarian friend. We order in succession, and do not expect the food to come out at the same time becuase we didn't order together as one party. All of the burger folks got their burger (after a 20 minute wait remember), started eating their burger, started eating their fries, finished eating their burger, and finished eating all their fries. and still no sign of the mushroom burger (which btw is called vegetarian's are people too 'shroom burger ). My friend goes down to see about his burger and waits down there another 10 minutes (yes we have been there for a little under an hour at this point). I don't know how hard it is to fry a pre-made mushroom burger, but it sure doesn't take 10 minutes or 40 for that matter, and if it wasn't pre-made into little patties, it should be because, as I mentioned before I have NEVER seen that place without at line at lunch time, especially when Congress is out of session. So they should be prepared ahead of time.
Ok, so that's my beef with the prep time. I was giving them the benefit of the doubt at the beginning because it's hard to open a new restaraunt, especially when it serves such a high volume of people every meal. But at some point they have to get their stuff together and serve high quality food quickly if they want to compete in the fast food market. And for me that point as already passed.
Ok - now to the food.
As I already stated I LOVED the milkshake and look forward to trying more flavors. the best thing on the menu by far and would be worth going there jsut for that, if you didn't have to wait. forever.
I LIKE the fries. The rosemary and thyme is a new twist for fast food fries that is fun and tastes good. they are crispy and obviously hand made. The regular fries are good too. and I really like all the different mayonaise choices (I lvoe mayonaise and it reminds me of the way european's eat their fries). However, they are now only selling the large fries for some reason, which when you go alone, is too much, plus they are like $3.5 for fries and you cna't get the meal with the herb fries. definitely something you need to share. Though I have not received fries with evenly distributed herbs throughout the bag, which isn't that big of a deal bcause you can shake them up yourself, but that stuff packs a punch if it is covering one fry. And then other times I haven't gotten enough herbs to cover all of the fries (or perhaps more than 5).
I love the flavor of the burgers. I really do. There are tasty combinations and some are pretty unique. But they don't make them fresh (as mentioned above) but have been reheating precooked burgers, which really overcooks them in my opnion. The first time I ate there they were pink in themiddle, as so few fast food type places do, which is just the way I believe a burger should be cooked. And now they are well done. the patties are also small. smaller than 5 guys and the buns are cheap -they fall apart in your hands. and they are always put together sloppily. I am not sure it's a good idea to have the open kitchen on this one. you can see the line cooks yelling at each other, getting mad, dealing poorly with the stress and slopping stuff onto your burger. they are also stingy on the sauce, but you can ask for more bbq or whatever when you get your burger. So the burgers have gone downhill since I first ate there.
For me, what it all comes down to, is the food is fine. not great (except the shakes) but a nice change. but they cannot execute as well as five guys and their burgers are not good enough to demand the wait. I am over it.
I went on Wednesday. I had the Blazing Barn burger, which is the one with the pickled carrots and daikon like a bahn mi. I shared fries and a toasted marshmallow shake with my lunch companion. She had the veggie burger which honestly, did not look very good. My burger was good, but not great. The shake was tasty, and the fries dipped in the sriacha mayo were pretty tasty.
Overall, I thought it was good, but not great. I definitely think Ray's is better, and as a bonus, I don't have to watch people try to get a brush with fame by chatting up Spike.
I went to Good Stuff for the first time today. It was way better than I thought it would be. I ordered the Coletti Smokehouse burger (bacon, cheese, onion rings, and BBQ sauce). The line too about 15 minutes, but it was well managed. Dare I say that I think Good Stuff is better than Rays Hell Burger...
Spike's 5-napkin burger, while completely over-the-top, is outstanding. The fries were great as well, but I don't think the shake was as good as advertised - tasted a bit artificial (might have something to do with the fact that marshmallows are inherently artificial.) I can't speak to the lunchtime crowds as I've only been for a late night snack.