When I made my request for your favorite burgers, I had a few suggestions for the Flatiron. This was convenient, because I love the Flatiron, and yet, have strangely never written about it. The only problem was, going to the Flatiron without having a Po'Boy. . . oh, the sacrifices I make for you!
Husband agreed to order the burger (truly a sacrifice, as I think I've mentioned before how he will order the same thing every time he visits a favorite restaurant). I'm not sure how many times Husband has had the catfish Po'Boy at Flatiron, but I think he only wavered once when he opted for the Oyster Po' Boy special. So, thanks Husband! As there was only one burger on the menu, I rounded lunch out with some red beans and rice, which I have heard great things about.
I would also like to mention at this point that Husband and I decided to walk to the Flatiron (3.5 miles each way) and back, and for some reason didn't think that, even though it was sunny and hot outside, we might need sunscreen. We are both now rather rosy-cheeked. And headed, in Husband's case.
But on with the burger. . .
The Flatiron's burger include pepper jack cheese and ancho mayo, in addition to the standard pickle/tomato/lettuce combo. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Although it might sound spicy at first, it really isn't. It is, however, meaty and savory. The burger is large - about 8 ounces, looks like a hand-formed patty, and tastes of good-quality meat. I doubt there's a box of frozen patties lurking about. The burger is placed upon a nice bun which, nonetheless, was a little stale. I believe all of the bread at the Flatiron comes from Eleni Christina bakery (641 N. High in the Short North; the store front is actually on Russell), which is nice, unless you are getting the last of Saturday's bread. A little toasting would have covered up the staleness and added a pleasing crispness (I am strangely fond of toasted buns on hamburgers, and always consider it a nice little bonus when the bun's spent a few seconds on the flat top, preferably macerating in some burger juices or butter; of course, this burger was grilled, but they still could have toasted the bun). However, the bun did not get soggy, which was nice. No salt was required, nor additional condiments. The cheese was above the standard processed slice sort, and the ancho mayo gave the burger a nice little savory kick. I'm giving the Flatiron burger 3 fries. I also have to give props to the Flatiron's fries; they are delicious. They might be some of my favorite fries - I believe they are housemade, with the skin still on. They are deliciously browned, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. They are some fine fries. Other things I love at the Flatiron: crab and corn cakes, gumbo, aforementioned Po' Boy sandwiches, and their house-made andouille. Not crazy about the red beans, but that's a personal preference. The sausage is really good. BBQ is usually quite good, as well. You should go there.
A burger well earned… I’m not sure I’ve ever worked so hard for a burger. The round trip walk from the Chez Widow Zoo to the Flat Iron Grill was nearly seven miles. The burger was all but walked off by the time we got home. All of that aside… I have to admit, the urge to order a shrimp or catfish Po’boy was strong, but this was a burger hunt. The Flat Iron cheeseburger has one big thing in its favor…the grill. The patty itself was thick, juicy and nicely grilled. It was topped with an ostensibly nice collection of toppings. Unfortunately, the lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, pepper jack cheese and ancho mayo blur together to form a sloppy and non-descript blur. It’s a shame because the ancho mayo was quite tasty but its smoky spice was lost in the mix and, frankly, the well-cooked burger and tasty thin fires deserved better. 2 ½ fries.
Info: Flatiron Bar & Diner 129 E Nationwide Blvd (Downtown, especially convenient to the Convention Center, for all of you Columbus visitors) 614.261.0033