I love places that specialize in one particular item. It makes you certain that that one thing is gonna be definitely worth it. I have a tendency to hover back to these hole-in-the-wall style, small places known for their one item. Places like Artichoke Pizza in New York and Pinky’s Hotdog on La Brea in Los Angeles are such examples. So, naturally, I was gonna try just such a place that opened in my beloved Beirut.
Awesome. I absolutely adored the burger patty, which comes medium, just the way I like my meat. It’s a nice, firm brown on the outside and a delicious, juicy, pink on the inside. The bun is sort of sweet and very supple, making a bite out of this burger savory enough to just keep in your mouth and let it melt onto your tastebuds instead of chew it all up. I realize now that the last two sentences are full of potential sexual innuendoes, so I’ll stop here and just tell you it’s among my top 3 favorite burgers in Beirut!
It’s a tiny spot just under Secteur 75 (near Trainstation Mar Mikhael). It’s the place with the old VW with a “Smoking Bun” neon sign behind its windshield.
The inside is nice, with two bars to sit on, which I reckon would fit somewhere between 15 and 20 people total. The grill is right there for you to watch as your burger is made in front of you. The bar lights are cool: they’re accordion-like, and you can lower them down towards your plate to enjoy the sexy presentation before digging into it. It also helps keep your fries warm!
I liked it. Super-down-to-earth, vintagy interior with cool designer items like the light fixtures and sink. The staff and manager are super cool and friendly, and you’ll be having a pleasant conversation with them as you wait for your burger to be served.
I liked it because its no-hassle seating policy and very fair price, makes it attractive to all types of people. From valet parking workers, to big shot executives in Ashrafieh, everyone loves a good burger, and here’s a place which succeeded in doing what most can’t: joining these two types of clientele under one roof.
I also love the branding on the napkins and sous-plats!
It’s a must-have. Stop by before your pub crawls in Mar Mikhail. You get a cheeseburger, fries and a soft drink for just 16,000LBP. Then maybe have a 961 draft beer pint to wash it all down. I’d highly recommend it for everyone, especially burger fans.