It’s a common conundrum; where should we eat? Kate was out of town, so it was up to Alvin and me to find something to eat. Of course the usual suspects, Thai, Sushi, gyros, are thrown out there, but I wanted something different. I wanted something substantial, I wanted something beefy; enter The Blue Rooster in
The Blue Rooster has actually been on my list of places to visit for months, but I’ve used it’s location as a convenient excuse. Even though Flora is only a 15 minute drive from
After navigating the “expansive” downtown of Flora, we found roadside parking and made our way into The Blue Rooster. It’s not a large restaurant by any means; I think max capacity was 45. With a mix of booths, barstool tables, and sport paraphernalia, I could see this being a decent place to watch a game, minus the obscenely large tube tvs.
Anyway, appetizers were ordered and soon brought to the table.
For some reason I can’t quite remember, I decided that it was a good idea to order the egg rolls, Asian style. I completely ignored the fact it was the only Asian thing on the menu. At the time it made sense to order eggrolls at a burger joint.
Well, here they are, and I have to admit, they are well fried.
Actually these struck me as the best buffet eggroll I’ve ever had. Yes, the filling was all cabbage. Yes, there wasn’t a lot of meat, but they weren’t greasy and the wrapper was crispy.
I will make fun of the dipping sauce. This is nothing much than a small cup of La Choy soy sauce with a few chili flakes thrown in. There’s nothing like soy less soy sauce from
Moving past the appetizers, it’s time for The Blue Rooster’s raison d’etre, the burgers.
This is an aptly named burger. With two patties, sautéed onions, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and pepper jack cheese on a jalapeno cheddar bun, it was a beast of a sandwich. All the right things were here, the patties were big and thankfully full of beefy flavor. I didn’t get to try much of
For my burger, I went for something with a more subtle name, The Flame Thrower.
Actually when I ordered the burger, I was a little confused about the description. “A hamburger patty with sirloin steak, sautéed onions and jalapeno peppers, ranch, and pepper jack cheese on a jalapeno cheddar bun”. I had no idea how the sirloin steak fit into the equation.
Once I figured out how to handle this behemoth, I found it to be a huge, greasy, juicy, and frankly delicious burger. The patty was beefy on its own but with the addition of sirloin steak, the burger only got better. I was worried that so many toppings would muddle the flavors, but in practice I found that The Flame Thrower was a beautiful mélange of flavors, but the beef was still king.
If you saw a dessert labeled “Funnel Cake Fries”, you’d be interested too. Despite being full to the gills with burger, I convinced
Well, what you see is what you get. It’s funnel cake batter that’s been poured into a fry shape. They were as tasty as funnel cakes get, but there was a serious lack of powdered sugar. I tried them with the optional chocolate sauce and was happy but slightly underwhelmed, especially when I couldn’t decide if it was Hershey’s or Nestle Quick.
It’s hard to make a fair assessment of a restaurant with just one visit. There are so many variables that make up a quality dining experience. There were some long periods of inattentiveness from our waitress, but with a substantial Friday night crowd, it’s understandable. Actually the one thing that bothered me was the lack of spiciness from The Flame Thrower. With jalapeno peppers and a jalapeno cheddar bun, I was expecting a burger with some kick. While it was an excellent burger, I was left wanting that spiciness. Even without a bit of pepper sourced heat, I will not hesitate to make a return visit to The Blue Rooster. Sure, it’s a few minutes drive from Jackson or Madison, but these burgers are some of the best I’ve had in and around