CLOSED: Soul Burger [4/5]
4 (80%) 1 vote

Soul Burger

Note: This restaurant is now closed.

I first heard of Soul Burger last spring, just before they closed their old location. A local tradition, and consistently voted the best burger in town, rising costs forced them to close. Last fall, they reopened at the Huntsville Athletic Center. (Let the irony there sink in for a minute.) This week, I finally made it in to see what their burgers were all about.

I ordered at the counter–a soul burger with everything (mayo, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce, add cheese) with a side of fries and an unsweet tea. I was instructed to fill my drink from a self-serve style bar and not to worry about the bill–I would pay after I ate.

The iced tea was excellent, brewed strong, and I happily sipped away while writing up my for-the-remainder-of-summer to do lists and waiting for my food. The restaurant is located upstairs (take a right in the lobby, find the stairs on your right, and take another right out of the staircase) and overlooks both the tennis courts and the weight room. Couches, chairs, a large TV, and toys for kids encourage patrons to loiter after their meals.

Soul Burger
The owner, Cathy, bubbles with enthusiasm, greeting new faces with by yelling “We’ve got a virgin!” accompanied with a vigorous ringing of a handbell. Familiar faces are met with delighted peals of “You came by!”. It’s a place where no one is a stranger for long.

The burger was clearly all about the patty–thick and flavorful, cooked to a steady pink throughout. All of the other components existed only to support the beef. Hands-down, this is the best patty in town. The balance of the burger– a thin bun, American cheese, a single leaf of lettuce, slice of tomato, pickles, and a touch of mayo–didn’t detract from the patty, but did not really enhance it either. Next time, I think I will skip the cheese. I am not a fan of the plasticky flavor of American cheese and found it distracting from the brilliance of the beef.

The fries were a solid side dish with a crunchy exterior, a soft center, and enough seasonings that no ketchup was necessary.

My only quibble is that my food was incredibly slow to be served up, a bit of an oddity given the number of patrons at the time. I never was told what the issue was, but I was offered profuse apologies and my tea was on the house. All-in-all, I’ll be back, just not when I am on a tight schedule.

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