This column offers a sampling of dining experiences in the area. It is not intended as a review of the restaurant other than to provide the reader with one diner's experience. It also appears in The Herald's Friday entertainment section, "Ticket."
Location: 14130 Rivergate Pkwy., Steele Creek
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
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Web site: btsburgerjiont.com
Ambiance: Family-friendly burger and fries experience
Looking for a big, juicy hamburger made your way? I found mine at BT's Burgerjoint tucked in at Rivergate shopping center in Steele Creek.
I decided to take BT's up on their challenge that their burgers beat the competition, including one of my favorite nearby burger-and-fries joint.
The counter staff was friendly, helpful, and patient, as my friends and I placed our orders. The dining area with concrete cut walls and deep blue walls was quiet - other than the upbeat, fun reggae music playing - as most diners, like us, opted to enjoy the beautiful, evening weather by taking a seat outside under the covered, large patio.
The options for burgers include BT's hand-patted half-pound hamburger, cheeseburger or bacon cheeseburger ($5.05-$6.05), or a little smaller at one-third pound ($4.50-$5.50), with six cheese, five sauce and 10 topping options.
I couldn't believe how thick my bacon cheeseburger was, nearly as long as my pinky finger, and seasoned liked no other. Topped with crumbled blue cheese, mushrooms and lettuce, it was absolutely a delicious, gourmet burger treat. The hand-cut fries ($2.10 for regular or $2.99 large, perfect for sharing), were just as tasty with my favorite vinegar for dipping. The fries offering also includes sweet potato, half and half and hot cheese.
My friend was surprised they didn't ask how we wanted our burger done, but no worries - these folks prove they are kings of the burger. We didn't wait long for our meal either.
But if you're eating on the healthier side, you can order from the grilled chicken menu or a list of seven salads. The menu also has hot dogs, like a bacon cheese dog for $4.75, and grilled cheese. The children's menu for ages 10 and younger has more of the same, only the price ($4.65-$5.95) includes fries, soda or milk, and a scoop of ice cream with sprinkles. My friend's daughter gobbled up her smaller burger and fries before going back to the counter to start digging in to her ice cream.
Although stuffed to the gills, we couldn't resist checking out the desserts of brownies, cookies and cupcakes. But the hand-spun milkshakes won our favor. The shakes, like the burgers and fries, have their own twist - diners can add in M&Ms, Oreos, Reese's cup, Heath Bar or sprinkles, and the ice cream is Breyers. My chocolate with Oreos was fabulous, and worth a short wait.
Want a beer with your burger? Yep, BT's serves domestic and imports, too.
BT's burgerjoint definitely rivals my other favorite burger place. A taste-off between the two would definitely be fun, either way the taster would win. It's true, BT's is a not-so-typical burger experience; it's more like a journey making an ordinary burger extraordinary.