As we type, Liverpool is planning its 2020 Decade of Wellbeing. It is also busily building The BIGGEST McDONALDS IN THE COUNTRY. A whole five floors dedicated to the art of the beef patty. We like that cruel culinary juxtaposition.
Can you have too many great burger joints? Dunno. Is a burger bad for you? (*Checks the back of Ronald McDonald’s nutrition fact sheet*). Oh, no. Who knew – they’re part of your five a day. Eat the dill pickle and you’ve practically scraped your arteries free of plaque.
So, for now, we’re surfing the burger wave and loving it. But we’re also getting very territorial. One SevenStreets review of Free State Kitchen (great, in our opinion) elicited so much bile and vitriol that we had to go back and check. Yup, still great.
We’re talking about minced beef and seasoning here, people. Nothing to get in a froth about. One man’s Nolita (also great) is another man’s Attic (also great), or Almost Famous (the Manchester joint soon to arrive to Ropewalks. Also great). Let’s not have a beef over a meat sandwich, eh? If you get the ingredients right, and slap it between a decent bun, you’re looking at a burger. Add cheese and it’s called a cheeseburger.
That’s it. There is no real need to post seven comments – using false names – about how Burger A is in another molecular gastronomy league to Burger B. Really, grab your shakes and move along. Worry about something else. Like how too much red meat gives you colon cancer (that’ll teach us not to read the small print in those leaflets).
I knew what to expect at Byron – it being a chain (part of the Pizza Express family). And I wasn’t disappointed. Their burgers, thicker than most, have a reassuringly red and juicy heart, and a nice, charcoaly-burned crunch to their outer edges. The bun is briochey and buttery. The service swift and friendly.
The addition of a slice of melty blue cheese makes it even more memorable. The fries, a little over salted for some, perhaps, are of the McDonald’s variety, thin and crunchy. Skin-on fries offer a little more potato for your pound. The olives are shit. Don’t buy them.
So that’s it. Byron Burgers. They serve great burgers.
43 Paradise Street