Tuesday, December 29, 2009

No BS at B Spot

I want to apologize.  There was supposed to be a post yesterday wrapping up the holiday shopping season with a rant about dickhead teenagers.  Well it never posted and when I went back to investigate, it isn't there.

Maybe I was too tired to correctly put it up and in my sleepy stupor, I forgot to upload it into blogger.  Who knows?  What DO know is that I went out to dinner with the Wifey and Addi and it was great.

Now I am accused of waxing poetic about food.  My co-workers who read regularly often tell me that I am always writing my best when I write about food.

Well, this post is no different.

Our restaurant of choice was B Spot.  Michael Symon's latest creation.  Burgers, Beer, Brats, Bar Snacks, Bad Ass Milkshakes, and god knows what else you can think of that starts with the letter B.

I am a burger fanatic.  I love to make them on the grill, I love to eat them with various toppings, and I enjoy fresh ground meat.  Now many would think that people would automatically like Michael Symon's restaurants because they are supposed to.  He's a well known chef.  It must be good.  Well I am not one of those people.  I think his restaurants are fantastic because he isn't trying to recreate anything from space to space.  He has 4 very different restaurants.  Lola, fine dining; Lolita, or Lola v1.0 as I like to call it; Bar Symon, casual; B Spot, Burgers.  The only restaurant I have not been to is Roast in Detroit.  But when you look at it all, he uses fresh ingredients and that is what makes the food good.

The B Spot is going to be addicting.  There are so many burgers to choose from, I would have no choice but to go back over and over and over and over again.

Now, I have a special attraction to meat topped with meat.  My burger concoction was called the Fat Doug. Burger, Cheese, Pastrami, Cole Slaw, Mustard, all on a bun.  It was lovely.  Cooked to a perfect medium rare, it was amazing.  Jenn had the Symon Says.  I forgot what was on it, but it looked great and there were no complaints on the other side of the table.

I think the best part of the dinner was the sides.  Jenn ordered the chili cheese fries, which were awesome.  I ordered the Chips with Parmesan fondue and rosemary.  It was a suggestion from a twitter friend Tom Noe.  He's a food writer and he replied to a tweet and suggested it.  I got it and boy was he right!  I love fried food.  I love cheese.  I love fried food smothered in cheese.

Besides the food, Symon really showed his personality with this place.  He has a disclaimer.  This is not a fine dining restaurant.  Don't be mad that you can't get a reservation.  Don't whine, and by god don't throw names around.  I think this is important based on some reactions I get when I talk to people about Bar Symon.  People want to make reservations because they want a seat.  Well, these restaurants are not downtown, nor are they fine dining.  Get over it, wait in line like us common folks.  

Best line on the disclaimer, #7, If you are reading this and making funny faces, drink your favorite bourbon, beer, or what ever, and relax, because you are too uptight for this place.

B Spot.  No Bullshit.


Tino said...

Adam --

Thanks for the shout out. The potato chips and Parmesan and rosemary cheese fondue was just amazing, amazing stuff. To the point where I was dipping other sides in the fondue just because I could. We also tried the onion rings and the Sriracha chicken wings as sides and you can read more about them on my write up here.

Glad you guys had a great time.


Joe Harvey said...

And I thought you were just posting this 'cause you said Symon told you he reads your blog...lol.. the only thing I'd add... a link to the "rules", which are great. Gotta luv it! http://www.bspotburgers.com/symon-says/

Like:whiners will be prosecuted & removed from the establishment.
(should be STANDARD in all restaurants, even white tables, where the whiner factor is MUCH higher) ;)

mdsymon said...

thx bro..glad u like the burgers....wait to u try the new menu at bar symon..skirt steak sandwich with "marrownaise"....oh yeah!!!

Liz said...

I did not even know there was anther restaurant. I must be sleeping in a cave or something. Can't wait to try it!

Vodka Logic said...

Marrownaise thats it I am stopping in Cle the next time I go to Indy.

Adam you got a spare room for me. I'm on my way

Keith said...

I have been home twice since Bar Symon opened in AL. WHY hasn't anyone taken me yet?? Do they deliver to Chicago??

Chef P-Daddy said...

I would have to say that I am in full agreement with you on this. Michael Symon is truly one of the reasons that I am the type of chef that I am. Why do we have to be something that doesn't make us who we are, when we can be who we are by cooking the way we love. I love cooking my own way and yes some people don't like it but others love it so therefor I cook the way it makes me happy. When we move back to Ohio and I open my own place I will do all my own cooking and not how others tell me to do it. I applaud Michael Symon also for all he does for everyone, he makes people like me feel as if I have a chance to make it as a chef and he is my role model and one of the reasons i became a chef. And than there is you, I am not much of a writer and you have made me want to become a better writer. So thanks to you Adam for giving me the confidence to write. Also you are a wonderful father and give me confidence that I could be a good father. For all this I am so grateful to have you as such a good friend. Well take care and happy new year and can't wait to talk with you again soon.

Cali said...

It's really too bad that we don't have rules posted at Bar Symon lol. I think people need to sign up for "name droppers anonymous".