What they say:
Our burgers are made with 100% freshly ground beef. Your hands and conscience may never be clean again. Double cheese burger - bacon - bbq fried onions - frazzles - baconnaise - chipotle ketchup - bbq sass - fresh chilli.
Our Principal Burger Critic returns to Almost Famous to check out the River Phoenix…
31st October 1993: a talented young actor lies dying on the pavement outside a popular Hollywood nightclub. Despite the best efforts of his brother, he becomes another victim of a drug overdose.
Twenty years later, like the mythical bird of his name, he rises again, courtesy of Almost Famous.
Actually, I'm waffling. I have no idea what the connection is between this burger and the late actor, other than they are both called River Phoenix.
Rainy summer day = Manchester and that means Almost Famous. I've covered the location before, in the review of the Baddaboom, and this time is much the same, but considerably busier.
The River Phoenix is a double cheese with all manner of sloppy ingredients including, believe it or not, Frazzles - the bacon flavour crisps we all had as youngsters.
|Almost Famous River Phoenix...|
In fact, bacon is the name of the game here, with the frazzles, baconnaise and liberal amounts of actual bacon. It seems to be balanced out by barbeque ingredients as well as a bit of a kick in the form of chilies and chipotle.
When it arrives, it is held together by a wooden spike. Hardly surprising, given the height.
The first impression is the smell, which can only be described as savoury wonderfulness. Secondly, it looks fantastic. Shiny bun, plenty of beef and cheese and bacon. I'm positively salivating as I pick it up for the first bite.
|Bacon. Burger. Brilliance...|
Squidgy, sticky, salty, hot and damn tasty. And on top of all that, the first bite tells me it's crunchy too - the frazzles, onions and bacon make sure of that.
The heat of the sauce and chillies is subtle yet present.
It's gloopy and the sauce has been perfectly married to the bun, sticking to it and holding everything together rather than eroding the bread.
|Enjoying the River Phoenix...|
Second and third bites demonstrate that the kitchen roll on the table is absolutely necessary.
The meat has been cooked well done (I wasn't asked) but not cremated. There are subtle hints of pink in there and it is still juicy. Of course the melted cheese and all the sauce makes it "wet" anyway but it's lovely not to have dry meat covered up.
The large pieces of chilli are interesting. They ensure that some bites are hotter than others and the onions and frazzles keep the crunch going right up to the final whistle.
When it's all over, the feeling remains that this was bacon's show. Bacon was the chief flavour on display. Bacon ruled the roost.
|Baconator® runs scared from River Phoenix...|
Almost Famous has three locations in Manchester and Liverpool, with a fourth apparently due in Leeds. Here's hoping Mr Myers breaks free of the clutches of the M62 and we start to see branches of this institution from Montrose to Malvern.
We will never know if River Phoenix would have been impressed by his namesake burger, but I bloody well was.
Thanks again Admiral Burgerbar for your analysis of this awesome looking burger. I do believe in a fight, The Wendy's Baconator® would run a mile from this bacon bully...
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