You remember how Marie was a little bit country and Donnie was a little bit rock-and-roll?
Well, we’re the same way sometimes because we like to be different just to stand out. Kind of like that old song, “You say potato, we say giant starchy orb of carbohydrates and hard-to-process sugars.”
That’s why sometimes, we want to be take the foodie road less traveled when we’re at fine dining restaurants. While everyone else is in suits and ties, eating foh-foh foie gras and ahhhh-ahhhh Ahi Tuna, we may cruise in wearing jeans and order the least pretentious thing on the menu.
And recently at Salum, that’s exactly how we rolled. But not without exclusive permission from our server.
“Which would you recommend, the Grilled Beef Rib Eye with Cabernet Demiglace,
and Homemade Pommes Frites…Or the Burger?” we asked.
“Oh, most definitely the burger, dahlink. Eet ees vunderful, dahlink!” said our server, who for the purposes of this flashback is played by Zsa Zsa Gabor.
And boy, are we glad we listened. At only $12, Salum’s Build Your Own Burger is served with some of the most amazing French Fries on the planet, but we hardly had room for those bad boys because the burger was so scrumptious.
As you’re probably often asked, how do you like it topped? Well, you can choose anything from the typical LTOP (lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles) to gourmet items like Marinated Portobello, Apple Smoked Bacon, Prosciutto, Blue Cheese, Brie, Gruyere, Pesto or Roasted Garlic Mayo that make for a very special episode of Lunch.
Our server recommended the Prosciutto, Mozzarella and Pesto as one top combo, or Brie and Bacon, but once again, we rebelled. (Like we’re going to let Zsa Zsa tell us what to do). We opted for the Marinated Portobello with Gruyere and Garlic Mayonnaise. The bun was so fresh and warm that the mayo became one with the bread. And the generous slices of mushroom were almost as meaty as the burger itself.
So while one of our dining companions feasted on exotic fare like Sweet Ricotta and Roasted Vegetable Ravioli topped with Grilled Shrimp and Pesto Cream, the other enjoyed Pan Roasted Barramundi with Buttered Israeli Couscous and Piquillo Vinaigrette.
They ate with their pinkies in the air and we tucked a napkin into our shirt. They made fun of the outfits of others in the dining room and we helped old ladies across the street. But most importantly, they finished twenty minutes before we did because ours was so freakin’ huge!
Sure, eating burgers doesn’t make us any better than those who eat more gourmet fare (everything they ordered was equally delicious – we stole bites when they weren’t looking), but we can pretend we’re better, can’t we?
So head to Salum for one of the best in town. It’s only available at lunch, so hurry in to get one before they take down all the festive burger-month decorations, complete with balloons, streamers and Chef Abraham Salum in a giant burger costume greeting customers and signing autographs.
Happy Burger Month, everybody!
Lunch is served Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
4152 Cole Avenue, Dallas