Bacon Cheddar Burger @ Smokejumpers Grill

Price: $12.49

When: December 17, 2016, 12:45 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

My relationship with Smokejumpers Grill has been somewhat … challenged during this project. My previous meals – the Garden Vegetable Burger and Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwich – were both quite underwhelming.

At the same time: I’m ready to give the place another chance.

Elaine and I have decided to see whether we can find any gems on the menu. We’re sticking with what Smokejumpers seems to do best – burgers, fries, shakes – to bring out their “A” game.

Our first choice is the Bacon Cheddar Burger. The dish is a beef patty, a plain bun, a slice of melted cheese, two pieces of bacon, and a handful of fries. The whole thing is sitting in a sturdy plastic basket, unadorned by condiments.

I take a bite.

Ugh.

The burger is mostly flavorless. It’s served warm, not hot. The meat doesn’t taste like anything. The cheese isn’t helping. The one bright spot is the bacon, which is decently crispy.

I stand, grab the plastic basket, and do a quick loop through the Smokejumpers condiment bar. I adorn the burger with standard toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickle, ketchup, mustard), and return to the table.

My second bite is better, but not much. Yes, the ketchup and mustard help. And yes, the pickles help, too. But the lettuce is flavorless, and the tomato is only a shade better.

This isn’t good. It’s a quintessential, low-expectation mass-market theme park burger. Given that White Water Snacks has a much better burger, and is only a few hundred feet away, I’d go with that. Skip this.

Not recommended.