Big Burger 21 West University Ave. Gainesville, FL32601 352-380-0001
Our first outing back since the summer hiatus was shaping up to be a good one. We knew of a place in downtown Gainesville that we heard had good burgers. Most intriguing about the place was we didn't know the name. We just knew there was a big smiling face on the sign.
So we went out in search of "Face burger" as we dubbed it. Luckily Jess was able to guide us right to it but the parking lot was overgrown, there wasn't a light on in the place and the windows were dirty. I made the call to abandon Face Burger and we headed to Big Burger.
A small locally-owned burger place slash want-to-be sports bar, Big Burger is a nice little place downtown. Plenty of Elvis memorable lines the walls, and the booths, tables and chairs are stylized like a '50s diner. Lettering on the windows carried some catchy slogans like "We're grillin' and chillin' for you" and "Home of the 1-pound burger."
When an establishment makes a point to advertise a specific burger it is like practically begging us to tour it. The aptly named Big Burger is two 1/2-pound patties on a pretty decent bun. I got mine with lettuce, tomato, pickle, ketchup, mustard and mayo, but the burger menu is of the get-it-how-you-like-it variety and the list of possible add-ons and condiments was extensive.
There is nothing very remarkable about this burger. Sure it's big and that's neat... but in terms of flavor it was lacking anything to really define it.
That being said, it is a solid burger. It does everything right and certainly fills you up. I enjoyed eating it, it just was not worth writing to mom about.
I liked the atmosphere and would like to go back and actually eat there (it might be their summer hours, but the place closes at 4 p.m. most days). It was a simple, no frills, to the point kind of burger which I really appreciate.
Jess and I decided we definitely would go back for their burgers and maybe even for another review.