This post is no longer valid for the Midtown location of Pop Burger – closed as of mid-2012. RIP>>>
Take a look at the photo below and tell me if you think it seems invisible to you.
Or better still, why would this burger claim to be “invisible” ? Please, please leave a comment on this post.
In case you are wondering, this is a vegetarian burger from Pop Burger – a chain with 3 outlets in Manhattan. I tried the one in midtown. The decor was very inviting (had Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup prints on the walls of the dining area – just realized that I did not get pictures of those prints) and I stepped in hoping to find a decent veggie burger.
I was not even sure there was a veggie burger on the menu, although I was hoping there was at least one. So, on skimming through the menu, it seemed like there was no such option, but there was one cryptic option – the Invisible burger.
My first question at the counter was “What is the “invisible” burger”?
Response: That’s the veggie burger.
So, my next question, ‘What is it made of – soy or potatoes or mix vegetables or quinoa”?
Response: Its fried portobello mushroom.
I went for it, while making sure that I would get cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. “Pickle?” I asked, and was told, “no”.
How was the burger you ask? It did taste like breaded and fried portobello mushroom. There was nothing more to it. I wish that the portobello mushroom slice had at least been marinated in something before being breaded and friend or at the very least including some seasoning. I got 2 slices of tomato, shredded lettuce slathered in mayo, and a melted cheese slice on a warm toasted (brown) Brioche bun. Overall, a so-so burger, not something I would want to try again or would recommend to anyone else.
The next time I go to Pop Burger, I am keen to check out one or more of the following:
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich
- Crispy Fried Shrimp Sandwich
- Popcorn Shrimp
- The lounge upstairs – apparently the cocktails in the lounge are great
But may be I will not go to Pop Burger at all, and will instead check-out the “Shroom Burger at Shake Shack!
Please, please tell me why (in the comments section below) the burger in the picture above should claim to be “invisible” (I know I ought to have checked while ordering)