Wednesday, January 9, 2013

five star burgers - clayton, mo

www.5starburgersstl.com
8125 maryland avenue
clayton, mo 63105

five star burgers is the product of former harvest chef and owner steve gontram. the company is a collaboration between steve and his father, who opened locations in new mexico and colorado prior to the st. louis outpost. the three restaurant's menus are mostly different, and are aimed to please the local palette. burgers are made from all natural black angus beef sourced from creekstone farms in kansas and are ground and formed in house. aside from beef, burgers made from bison, turkey, and lamb are available along with a veggie offering and sandwiches featuring chicken and fish.
five star has a solid beer selection with local brews on tap along with bottled choices from founders, goose island, left hand, ommegang, rogue, stone, and more. i enjoyed ommegang's hennepin saison while carrie went with a familiar favorite, goose island's matilda.
served on a butter toasted brioche bun, my choice was the gateway burger, consisting of smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, onions rings, and uncle jack's barbeque sauce. although this was not an innovative or unique burger in terms of ingredients or flavor combinations, it was a very solid iteration of a bbq burger. the beef was cooked to a perfect medium per my request, and all of the topping were certainly of quality. brioche always makes me nervous with burgers as it often falls apart too easily, but this bun stood up to the task without issue. this may have been due in part to the sauce being served on the side, which is something i welcome as i dislike an overly messy burger.
for carrie, it was the restaurant's most well known burger. if i am not mistaken, dad's green chile cheeseburger with crispy new mexico hatch chilies, pepperjack cheese, and green chili mayonnaise is the only burger that is offered at all three five star locations. again served on brioche with the sauce on the side, this was another very successful burger which turned out to be spicier than i anticipated.
on the side, we decided on a small order of crispy cheese curds along with a mixed basket of fries containing both natural cut idaho russet and sweet potato offerings. while the standard idaho fries were merely decent, the sweet potato version dipped in maple cream were fantastic. next time around a full order of sweet potato fries will be had.
maraca - serendipity chocolate and salted caramel ice creams, tequila, kahlua, whipped cream, and shaved espresso

rattle and roll - serendipity vanilla ice cream, peach vodka, bourbon, whipped cream, and orange zest

to end our meal, we both decided to try one of the milkshakes from the bar. this was a good move as both were appropriately boozy and quite delicious.

with the arrival of niche and the opening of pastaria along with what mike randolph has going on at half and half and little country gentleman, clayton has a new found wealth of great restaurants, and five star burgers sweetens the pot even more. what i like about the burgers here is that they are not gimmicky or challenging just for the sake of being different. chef gontram serves a well prepared product made from quality ingredients and the end result is evident of this. although i do still prefer the burgers at both home wine kitchen and five bistro, it is worth noting that five star's burgers all ring in at less than ten dollars, something that cannot be said for the aforementioned competitors. gontram has a good thing going with five star, and i can certainly see a return trip or two in our future.
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