Tampa burger places are getting to be as common as Starbucks, which is perfectly fine with FoodieFrog. Seems every week there’s a new place opening in town. This time it was Burger Monger in South Tampa.
We just can’t pass up trying a new burger joint stopped in for a review. I guess word spreads quickly when it comes to new burger because it was already pretty busy, even before the typical lunch hour.
Burger Monger has a few locations around the Tampa Bay area and they pride themselves on using Akaushi Beef. What is Akaushi Beef? We didn’t really know what it was either. Akaushi means ‘Red Cow’ in Japanese and it’s a variety of Wagyu cattle. The beef is marbled, tender and supposed to be packed with flavor. Akaushi is also said to have less in saturated fat than other beef, so it’s healthier than normal. At least it is before I add my toppings.
The set up for Burger Monger is the same as most ‘fast casual’ spots. You order at the counter, you are given a number and they deliver the food to your table. Today they had quite a few people working the cash registers and the kitchen so the line moved quickly. The menu concentrates on the burger of course with fresh cut fries, salads and shakes. We liked to see that they have some lighter options like veggie burgers, chicken and options to ‘hold the bun’. They do have beer as well, which is the perfect paring with a nice burger. Burger toppings are split into a few categories with many being ‘free’. The upgraded options will set you back a few bucks.
Ordering was smooth and quick and the cashier was friendly. They seemed to have the ordering process down even with being open for just a few days. We paid and went over to get our soda and were a bit disappointed that they didn’t have those Coke Freedom machines. The sodas cost $2.39 and at those prices we wish we could customize the flavors. Our food came out in about 15 minutes.
Burger Monger single patty with grilled onions, blue cheese & jalapeño ranch dressing ($6.99 for the burger, the blue cheese was $.1.49 extra). When it was dropped off, Jeff immediately checked it for accuracy. The jalapeno ranch sauce was on top and to tell you the truth, we both couldn’t tell if there was blue cheese on it. The person that dropped it off, took it back to the kitchen to check and she returned and confirmed it was there. WHAT???. She noticed the disappointment in Jeff’s face and the manager stepped over, apologized and immediately brought over extra. Kudos to the manager. The burger itself was really good and full of flavor. It was a solid beefy burger and we really couldn’t tell we were eating the Akaushi. We just knew it was pretty good.
Burger Monger single patty with cheddar, tomato, onion, grilled mushroom, lettuce and ketchup ($6.99 for the burger, $.59 for the cheddar). This version was fully dressed and all the toppings were in proportion to the overall burger.
The bun was soft, but grilled to a nice crisp texture which I really liked. The burger was juicy and also very flavorful.
Monger Fries 1/2 lb. ($2.99). We actually ordered the smallest size and figured it might be as large as Five Guys another burger joint. The portion was smaller than expected and we were a bit disappointed because these were great tasting fries. Fresh cut and crisp, they were not greasy at all and they had a nice potato flavor. Maybe it’s good that the 1/2 lb. is this size because I would have eaten a ton more if we ordered the pound.
While we arrived a few days after Burger Monger’s opening, they seemed to have things running quite well. The service was quick and friendly and management was there to assist the staff. We were impressed with the hands on management crew. The prices are a bit on the higher side, but if you don’t do the premium add-ons, you can keep it lower.
Burger Monger is located at 3838 West Neptune Street, Tampa, FL 33629