The Perfect Burger
Have you gone to eat lunch at The Underground Café yet? If not, do that right now.
Located in the tiny basement of the famously tall, narrow, gothic — and haunted — Jackson Building, right in the middle of Pack Square, The Underground Café with DoughP Doughnuts (as it is technically called) has been around for just over a year, and has quickly become one of my personal favorite lunch joints in all of downtown Asheville.
The food is fast, tasty, made with quality ingredients and is very comforting, enjoyable and satisfying in every way.
Lately I’ve been really digging their single-patty smash-style burger, which I think is just perfect. It comes single or double, and I’ve always been a double-patty person — because duh, 2 patties. But last week I wasn’t super hungry at lunch, and I thought to myself, “Oooh, a single-patty Underburger sounds kinda perfect.” It was. It is.
Made with 28-day, dry-aged beef, locally sourced from local farms by The Chop Shop, and ground specifically for Underground Chef and Owner Jay Medford to use in his café, the flavor texture, and fat-to-lean ratio of this meat is 100% on point.
A flat, wide patty, smashed into the grill for quickness sake, then topped with lettuce, tomato and onion, housemade special sauce, and American cheese (or cheddar if you’re a commie), all served on one of the world’s greatest, trashiest, best things ever — a soft, sweet, squishy, King’s Bakery Hawaiian Roll grilled in butter. Gah.
Side note: I added bacon to the burger in the picture above, but that is not necessary. With or without bacon, though, this burger is perfect.
So, yeah, if you haven’t gone to The Underground Café for lunch yet, go right now and start with the burger. Or the pork belly cuban. Or the meatloaf sandwich. God lord… that meatloaf sandwich.
You can find all the food specials, new menu additions, events and more from The Underground Café by checking out their Dig Local profile.