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