Town Hall Burger and Beer, Durham
This place is finally open, behind the Bone Fish Grill at Southpoint. Yes, it is yet another burger place, but if you are in the mood for a burger, it seems to be a pretty good place to go. I got a take-out meal last night, and I would rank it as one of the best burgers I have had in a while, easily edging out City Beverage and Mattie B's. The salads are large (unlike Matti B's) and easily shareable, as are the side orders. We tried a wedge salad, a Carolina burger with pimento cheese and pork belly, a patty melt, and spit an order of fries. Ordered the burgers medium rare, and both were cooked to perfection. The fries are shoestring style, and were nice and crispy, not soggy. I was even more impressed when the person that was bagging my order at the window took the time to open both containers and check to make sure they were right. There is nothing worse than getting home with a take-out meal and find that the order is wrong! Overall, a very good experience.
I've only seen photos but the whole thing just looked sloppy and there wasn't much going on with the fries as far as amount. It just seemed like it was trying too hard, but glad to hear that it tastes good. In any case, once Zinburger opens up.. someone is going to have to close.. I think.
i went during their first week, in fact, on the first day that they had gotten their alcohol license, so they were still connecting the taps when we came.
i REALLY wanted to like this place, because i had suggested it for a happy hour to coworkers. good thing there was alcohol, otherwise there were no redeemables about the night. the service was disorganized (do you order at the counter? sit at a table?), they forgot an ingredient on one of the specialty burgers, the burgers were acceptable, and the salads were served on disposable plates (sorry, i know that's really picky). the whole restaurant experience just reminded me that yes, i was near southpoint.
despite it being the first week, it will be awhile before we return. we rarely have a desire to want to go to the southpoint area anyway, and our experience was really disappointing. i do hope they have found their stride in the past few weeks.
when we went - you order at the counter and they bring your food to you. but all the employees were milling around so it wasn't clear. and they come to check on you a few minutes after they bring your food to you. the burgers are served on those popular silver platters now, so it didn't really make sense that they would serve the salad on disposable plates - unless they were waiting on getting plastic salad bowls. it was just an odd experience.