Friday, August 3, 2012

Burger Up

Not sure how many people are reading this, but... if you haven't eaten at Burger Up yet, you have got to make plans to get there! They have 2 locations, though we've only eaten at the 12th South restaurant.

Burger Up is simply amazing! They are doing so many things that align with our views of what being a locavore is all about. In addition to the food beliefs we support, they also support many environmentalist causes in regards to consumption, product choice, and sustainable practices. I love that the only thing we "consumed" at our meal was the food! I probably shouldn't have eaten the brownie a la mode, but when you have the opportunity to devour (and I did devour mine) a brownie made with Olive + Sinclair chocolate and a scoop of Jeni's Ice Cream on top, how on Earth do you pass it up?? I may not eat for 3 days, I left there so full.  As an added bonus, they are literally a stone's throw from Las Paletas, so E got to go next door & get a honeydew popsicle for dessert!

If you're in Nashville and need a place to eat, definitely give them a try. You won't be disappointed. We went at 6:30 on a Friday and waited about 20-30 minutes for a table for 5. We were out by a quarter to 8, even though it was packed, so the service was great.

One thing to note; they don't do reservations. It's first come, first served. I suspect this is because they, like most restaurants that use local ingredients, can run out of a given entree as they run out of specific ingredients (which would be upsetting to those with later reservations). I didn't read that anywhere, it's just my theory.

Eating local has a lot of different meanings to different people. Burger Up is a restaurant you can support for many different "local" reasons. Most importantly, it's really, really great food.

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