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Dec 5, 2009 09:31 PM

Dumont Burger Review

My wife and I have not been to Dumont Burger in a while, maybe a year or so, finally went back today (Saturday) for lunch. They've changed the menu somewhat, but the old favorites (at least our old favorites) are still there. They had some pretty interesting-sounding specials, be we were there for the basics.

Maureen had the small mac and cheese, and I had the large burger with fries. I ordered my burger medium with Monterey Jack cheese and bacon, and it also included sliced raw onion, sliced tomato and round pickles, all on the side, as well as a lengthwise slice of pickle. The fries were pretty good, too.

I was transported to burger heaven from the moment I picked that sucker up, squeezing it slightly and seeing juice drip onto the plate, all the way to the saddest moment of the meal, the last bite of that burger. Maybe it was the rawness of the day or the fact that we had done some sweaty work without breakfast and were now chowing down for the first time of the day, or maybe it was just that the stars had aligned correctly, but I think that might have been the best burger I ever had. It is certainly among them.

The mac and cheese was pretty terrific as well, crusty on top, creamy and lush inside, with fusilli instead of elbow macaroni, and dotted generously with lardons. It was, in a word, delicious,

But I could not end the day without publicly mentioning that burger...

DuMont Burger
314 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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  1. I went a few times this summer, and while I liked the burger a lot, they seemed to have some issues cooking burgers to temperature consistently. Their onion rings are awesome though.

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    1. re: ChiefHDB

      Yeah, one possible drawback with having the memory of that burger with me is that a return visit might not reach the same levels of burger perfection. As I implied (or meant to imply) in my post, my wife and I used to go semi-frequently a while back, and we always liked their burgers, actually quite a bit, but not quite like the one on Saturday. It was transcendent.

      So I guess my goal will be to try and get another like that one. Now I know the holy grail of burgers exists, at least for me. (Just what I need: a quest for the perfect burger. I guess there are worse things...)

    2. I'm a bit lost. When you say the mac and cheese was dotted with lardons, do you mean lardons as in, "a small strip or cube of pork fat"?

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      1. re: wew

        Pretty much. I meant small cubes of bacon that did have generous amounts of pork fat. It looked like it was cut and cubed from a side of pork. It reminded me of the lardons I've had in Frisee salads in bistros, which is why I described it that way.

        1. re: BrookBoy

          "The mac and cheese ... was, in a word, delicious..."
          To add to your review the pasta was perfectly cooked. The pork in my order was all lean and no fat, but of great flavor. Thank you BrookBoy for the words

      2. Two friends and I had lunch today at the bar. The Dumont Burgers were cooked to order (medium rare), bunnage (brioche) to meat ratio was excellent, house-made pickles superb. All three sides (onion rings, salad, fries) were quite good, decent selection of beers on tap. Service was "with a smile."

        I like this place a lot. I'll be back.

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        1. re: steve h.

          My husband and I always eat cheeseburgers on February 7, to celebrate the anniversary of our first date (guess what we had) more than 20 years ago. We've gone everywhere from Fanelli's and Corner Bistro to the 21 Club, but the Dumont burger was my personal favorite. I adored that burger.

          1. re: parkslopemama

            not sure why everyone loves their burger

            i had it twice just to make sure i really was not impressed

            i have been enjoying good burgers lately at roebling tea room and the 1946 silver trailer w/ garden on metropolitan and lorimer 'goods'

            1. re: parkslopemama

              I regret to announce that the Dumont burger was not so great this year! It was okay, but it was not the hot, juicy, savory delight I have loved in the past. I wonder the place has gone downhill generally, or if we happened to go on an "off" night....