Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Review: Bobby's Burger Palace

We grabbed a meal at the recently opened Bobby's Burger Palace at the Smithaven Mall before catching The Dark Knight.

The set-up is a little weird. You go in, stand in line, make your order, pay for your food before you actually see it; then you are handed a number, and you go sit down and wait for your food to be brought out. There aren't a lot of tables. A lot of the seats are part of a long, winding counter. I don't know what kind of ambience Flay was trying to create with that, but it doesn't work.

There are 10 burgers. Some are creative but didn't appeal to me: Napa Valley Burger (goat cheese, watercress, meyer lemon honey mustard) and L.A. Burger (avacado relish, watercress, cheddar cheese)for example.

I had the Philadelphia Burger (provolone cheese, griddled onions, hot peppers). My wife had the Santa Fe Burger (queso sauce, roasted green chiles [actually they were jalapenos out of a jar], and blue corn chips crumbled on top). The burgers were good, not great. They were $7.50 each, like 9 out of 10 of the burgers, and came by themselves.

They are not as big as you'd think for the price. They're about the size of a typical supermarket pre-formed hamburger.

Sides like fries are extra. Fries are $2.50, and onion rings are $3.00. The fries were all right, even though crinkle cut, which I hate. The onion rings were not great. Kind of bland. They worked better with the dipping sauce you get with the fries.

Drinks are also extra. My wife had a beer ($3.50), and I had a Sprite ($2.00). You can get a frozen margarita ($4.50) or a glass of wine ($4.50), which is interesting.

The food was good/decent. Overpriced but decent. My wife doesn't want to go back.

It's hard to give this place a star rating. It's really just fast food. But I'll say 2 1/2 out of 5.

Bobby's Burger Palace
355 Smith Haven Mall
Lake Grove, NY


At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know if you can track hits to your blog, but I do check in regularly. I was wondering about BBP and glad to see you reviewed it.

I'm sure there are "tens" of us checking in.

At 8:55 AM, Blogger NoNiceTime said...

Sounds interesting. Maybe I will check it out when I am in the area.

How was the movie?

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Butter lover said...

"I'm sure there are "tens" of us checking in."

Tens? You think it's that many? I was thinking the low single digits.

"How was the movie?"

I liked it. Better than the last one.

BTW, medium popcorn, bottle of water, and pretzel nuggets with cheese came to $16.25. And it all sucked.

At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Visited BBP this past thursday, will agree, I don't like the way the place is set up. My burger luke-warm, not hot which kind of bothered me. 2 burgers, fries and "hot chips" + a soda = about $25, to be honest, McDonalds has a better definition for a burger compared to Bobby Flay.

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly. I was horribly disappointed. The burgers are small, overpriced, and not all that far beyond what a simple backyard barbecue could produce. The cafeteria style seating bothered me, as did the fact that there was no indication of the ordering process -- I saw several people come in and sit down, only to be told by the server that they had to get in line.

Overall -- extremely disappointing. I won't be going back.

At 7:48 PM, Blogger Gary said...

probably the worst burger we ever had.I went there with my two kids we had a 3-burgers, fries, and a drink.We waited until we almost finished our food before someone clean our table from previous people were there.The place was not even crowded.The bill was $40.00 the burgers where 6.50 for a cheese burger and i had the crunch burger for 7.50 all they did was put a couple of lays chips on the burger.I will never go back save you money and go to mcdonalds they have better for for less the price with better service.I didn't even sell any smoke come from the grill i think they nuked the burgers

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At 8:13 AM, Blogger musicfann said...

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First of all, I find the name an oxymoron, but aside from that, Ive heard a lot of good things about it.

At 8:24 AM, Anonymous long island exchange said...

i was able to visit Bobby's Burger Palace 2 days ago and i agree with you guys, it was not a good experience. i really dont like the environment and the price does not fit the quality of their burgers.

At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hated it. The 'well done burgers' where raw!!! Worst burger of all time!!! The service was ok but the food was overpriced and blaaaaa!!!
I feel like I'm gonna be sick!!! waited in line for half an hour just to order! I would definitely not recommend going. NOT WORTH IT!!!

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At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just went to BBP the other day and I don't agree with you guys. I really enjoyed the contemporary dining layout and decor. It was borderline pricey but at a diner you'll get a deluxe for similar money without any of the great toppings offered, and a MUCH larger serving size which isn't always a good thing. There is a set menu of burgers but you can interchange ingredients to create your own combination. I got the LA burger with potato chips mashed on top and the beer battered onion rings. They were both pretty good. The rings of onion are very large themselves. The burger was cooked just as i asked. The overall presentation is excellent. You are given 6 or 7 different condiments to choose from and soda/iced tea/water refills are free from what I could tell. Oh...and the servers were cute which always helps. $7.50 for the burger $3 buck for the onion rings. It's up there in price but it is a bit tastier and hits the spot a bit better than a diner. If you want a basic burger don't come here it's not worth it. But if you like toppings other than onions and ketchup...try this place out.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger john said...

i had no idea that this was Bobby Flay's Burger Palace, but my brother-in-law said you have to try this place.Well Iam particular about where i get my burgers.When we sat afer ordering, Icould not believe that the burger came exactly as i had ordered it. The sweet potato fries, perfect, the most delicious shake i ever had. This is the only place i would ever buy a burger outside of my house, from now on!!!!!

At 12:53 AM, Blogger MS.BROOKLYN said...

I went to bobby flays burger palace just the other with 6 adult and 12 kids and although it took about 15 minutes to figure how we can all sit remotely close together, it all worked out thanks to the wonderful waiter we had. The burgers, fries, sweet potato fries as well ad onion rings were amazing. My 6 year old had a generous size grilled cheese which was delicious. I spent $34 dollars for myself and 2 kids with all that we ordered and was thrilled. The burgers were just the right size and delicious, I had the burger with avocado on it, Yum...way to go bobby...thanks

At 7:46 PM, Blogger LeoArtist said...

First and last time occured today at the Smithaven Mall BBP. Like most others, we had no idea how to go about ordering. Its a terrible system. The seats were by far, the most uncomfortable I've ever sat in, and, most of them were ripped. The place looks like a bad 70's dream. The burgers arrived looking like crap. And here I thought professionals cared about "plating" and presentation. The buns reminded me of seconds from any fast food place. The turkey-LA burger was okay. The Sweet potato fries were good. Customers were going behind the counter to get a child seat-making two trys to find one that worked. It is the worst "name" joint I've ever been in or heard of. Bobby dropped the ball BIG time with this mess. My date was th eonly good thing.

At 7:54 PM, Blogger LeoArtist said...

We heard bad things but gave the place a try-too bad. Started with having no idea how to order. Then the sats; not only were they the most uncomfortable I've ever known, most were ripped up. They looked like they had been around since 1964. Which matched the terrible quasi-70s decor. The turkey-LA burger was okay, small but okay. Hiowever, it's presentaion was bad. It would have flunked any TV cooking show contest. The bun looked like a reject from a fast food joint.
Isn't "plating" and presentation a major part of a resturant?

I present/plate better at home.

The burger tasted okay, the sweet potato fries were good.

However, the entire concept and how the place is run is the worst any Celeb has probably come up with in history. Bobby needs to throw down the towel and take a loss on this one. BAD BAD BAD

At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the contemporary design of the place more than the actual burger.


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