I love a restaurant that doesn’t need a gimmick: one where the food is good and you can hear the person you’re speaking with — and it’s always nice when you can get a good beer or a milkshake with whiskey in it.
BeerBurger in North Liberty is just such a joint. No pretense, just tasty American fare with a quick nod to southern cookin’, and a second and longer nod to an upscale bistro.
Burgers are, of course, the “meat and potato” of the BeerBurger menu. And they are tasty, well-made, smashed Iowa beef. They range from a straightforward cheeseburger to unusual toppings, including teriyaki pineapple or deep-fried mac & cheese. Each comes on a pretzel bun and, with upcharge, one can add anything from a fried egg to guacamole to beer cheese and more.
BeerBurger also provides upgrade options for their delicious fries — marshmallow fluff, traditional chili-cheese, truffle oil and parmesan, bacon and bleu cheese and even poutine. (Yes, my poutine-loving friends! Yes.)
Despite the name, the menu does provide more expansive options — including grilled chicken, gluten-free and vegetarian versions of their signature burgers, a salmon sandwich, tenderloins, a bluefin tuna salad, chops and steaks and an appetizer menu which includes a flight of Bavarian pretzels in different flavors.
I opted for the dry rub pulled pork (and bacon!) burger and the signature BeerBurger fries, generously topped with truffle oil, garlic and parmesan. It was a flavorful and inventive meal. The dry rub pork was tender and delicious, a terrific and unexpected topper to the burger. I coupled the meal with Boulder’s Shake Chocolate Porter, which was a good pairing, and is a smooth and rich nitro brew in its own right.
Which brings me to the other half of the BeerBurger brand. The tap list is impressive and has many delicious choices — though it is by no means as extensive as some eastern Iowa brew market options. You can, however, get a self-serve beer pass. The cocktail and wine menu is also fun and provides ample choices for non-beer drinkers.
Then there’s the milkshakes and floats. Available in traditional and “Bam-Boozled” for the over-21 crowd, BeerBurger shakes and floats, like the rest of the menu, are customizable to your individual taste (choose, for example, Rumchata or Fireball to complement your Cinnamon Toast Crunch shake, or Godiva in your Toasted S’mores shake!).
BeerBurger offers much more than the name implies. It’s a great choice for families, after work with the crew or a fun and laid-back date night.