A plethora of new dining spots have opened up over the last few months. Many focus on the cocktail crowd while others focus on the culinary scene. Several of the newer establishments offer both. On a recent visit to Night Heron, in the former Montrose area Lowbrow space, a valiant attempt is made to bring bar food to life.
There is no doubt that Night Heron sees itself as a bar over a restaurant. To keep everyone happy they offer food to compliment their cocktail offerings. Fortunately, one option from their bar bites menu is a hamburger.
Night Heron's Smoked Cheddar Burger is made from 44 Farms beef, leafy lettuce, red onion and cheddar cheese atop an "everything" brioche bun. Served with a side of Curry Fries (skillet fried potato wedges), the burger was a nice companion for the 1860s Manhattan I was enjoying. 44 Farms beef is really good, and there is nothing better on a burger, especially when it is prepared right. For this burger, the meat is the star, as it should be. The glistening charred crust had just a hint of smokiness that melded well with the juices flowing out of the center. Cut in half, the pink middle was a welcome sight, as my request for the burger to be cooked to medium temperature often goes ignored. Those potato wedges were addictive, and I kept snacking on them even after I was done with the burger.
All in all, this was an enjoyable experience. If you are looking for something other than a hamburger for dinner, then I suggest Night Heron for cocktails, and then heading over to one of their other fine establishments from Agricole Hospitality for dinner. With options such as Coltivare and Revival Market, all things are possible.
Cheers to Eating More Burgers!
Open Mon. - Fri. 2:00pm - midnight; Fri - Sat. 11:00am - 2:00am; Sun. 1:00am - midnight; 1601 W. Main Street $$