Earlier this week, I came across a list of the 12 best burgers in Virginia. A lover of lists, food, lists about food and photo-worthy day trips, I challenged Tyler to taste them all with me. (He didn't fight it.)
Though I'd already visited two — Cuban Burger in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville's Citizen Burger Bar — I hadn't ordered the blogger's recommendations. So with a trip to Charlottesville already on the agenda for this weekend, we tackled the Citizen Burger — a tower of Timbercreek beef, McClure swiss, black onions, garlic aioli, iceberg lettuce, tomato, a branded brioche bun and one perfectly fried pickle.
"Smash it all down, and hope for the best," Tyler offered. OK, good plan of attack. After polishing off the pickle, that's exactly what I did. Delicious? Yes. Messy? Yes. Did the waiter bring lots of extra napkins? Yes. Did I eat it like a lady? No.
Our table outside only added to the experience. The rain had cleared, and the Downtown Mall was lively with shoppers, prom-going teenagers, dogs and musicians — a people-watching paradise. Seated directly in front of the iconic Paramount Theater, we couldn't have picked a better spot to eat and relax before our drive back to Roanoke.
The Citizen Burger | $13 | Citizen Burger Bar | Charlottesville
Four out of five stars (because it was messy and topped with almost half of an onion)