Local restaurant entrepreneur Heath Robinson is at it again. When New York City Pizza in the Market District didn't work out as he had planned, he simply stepped back, and decided on a new concept for that location - Big Show Burger.
True to its name, the recently opened restaurant is thriving with a creative menu and local ingredients.
"When people come here, they are going to find a very laid back atmosphere, with fast paced, fun, and energetic service," Robinson said. "You will know that this is the home of Georgia Southern."
Robinson said he has incorporated a lot of the service elements that are present at his other restaurant 40 East Grill on East Main Street in Statesboro.
"I want both the service and food to be wonderful," he said. "It takes 10 minutes from the time that you order your burger until it is brought to your table."
Some of the restaurant's unique burgers include the Southern Burger which is fresh pimento cheese, fried onions, pickles, lettuce, and tomatoes, two all beef patties on a Vidalia onion Kaiser bun. Another one that seemed interesting to me is the Bacon Egg and Cheeseburger which is crispy smoked bacon, over easy egg, melted pepper jack cheese, tomato, pickle, big show sauce on a toasted Kaiser bun.
While those are completely interesting, the two biggest sellers are the Local burger and the Alumni - Welcome to the Real World burger.
The Local contains ingredients from the area including Hunter Cattle beef, Flat Creek Lodge cheese, and Vidalia onions. But nothing, and I mean nothing, sounds as decadent as the Alumni burger.
Two grilled cheese sandwiches serve as the bun. Between the two grilled cheese sandwiches are two all-beef patties, sauteed onions, bacon, pickles, and Dijonnaise sauce.
In addition to the creative menu, Robinson has built in a challenge for those brave enough to take the wager.
The Big Show Challenge is 10 all beef patties, 12 slices of cheese, eight strips of bacon, two grilled cheeses, with the works all on one bun that must be consumed in 30 minutes or less, and weighs three pounds. Did I mention there are also a pound of fries included? If you succeed, it is free. If you don't eat it all, you will pay $30.
I told Robinson to let me know when Adam Richman from the Travel Channel shows up. I have always wanted to see a taping of Man Versus Food. This seems like the perfect opportunity.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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