Burger & Beer Joint Versus Itself: Is Wagyu Worth the Up-Charge?
|This is the sirloin, which as you can see, is indeed a burger beauty. It's so juicy and gratifying that I honestly can't imagine the Wagyu meat could do any better.|
With all of those flavors competing against each other, I've perpetually assumed the up-charge for American Wagyu just isn't worth it. The burger is excellent in its entirety because each component both complements and slightly overwhelms the others. So in one bite, you have juicy meat, a little smoky bacon, pungent cheese, unctuously creamy truffle mayonnaise... but it drowns out the flavor of the beef. Or does it?
Even though I've always been intensely satisfied, human beings are naturally curious creatures. Thus my eyes often wander on the menu -- from the Prime Angus beef for $9 to the American Wagyu for $12. Is that extra $3 really necessary for burger bliss? Could it possibly taste better than it already does? It's probably just a way of adding margin to the restaurant's bottom line, right?
So the question remained: Is the Wagyu beef patty an overrated eat?
All right, take my damn money. That's $3 definitely worth spending.
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