Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Deep Fried Burger (Swifty's in Delmar)

So, I was down at Swifty's in Delmar the other day. I don't care what anyone says, I still miss Beff's. I am suspicious of the new decor and I have found that Swifty's hasn't quite matched the execution of the guilty pleasure type of food that Beff's (Swifty's used to be a Beff's location, if you didn't know) does so well. But Swifty's happens to be the only place that has outside seating and is within walking distance of my dwelling. So I must give credit where credit is due. It ain't a bad place to suck down a glass of beer.

Anyhow, I have eaten at Swifty's several times and kind of glanced over an item on the menu called the "Buffalo Burger" or something like that. I figured that it was your standard burger, maybe with some blue cheese and Frank's Red Hot. This particular time I read the description. Folks, this here is a 1/2 pound burger patty that has been battered, deep fried, and slathered in wing sauce. No joke.

Do you think even my wifes warnings that I would surely get heartburn from the thing would stop me from ordering? No, certainly not. I was a little shocked when the waitress asked me what temp. would I like my burger. For some reason I thought a deep fried burger would have to be fairly well done, but I threw caution to the wind and requested medium rare.

Here she is, a closeup.

Are you scared? I was a little. That sucker was like an inch and a half high! I poked the strange creature a little with my finger until my wife snapped that I was being weird. My initial thoughts were that I simply could not live at this speed, I was scared to bite into the thing. I decided for a cutting in half approach.

The actual burger was on the thick, juicy, and rare side. You all know that I am generally a fan of the thin, diner style burger a la Five Guys, as opposed to thick Juicy Burger type deals.

This creation was not necessarily bad, but I would have liked to see a little more spice (I ordered it hot) and maybe a little more "wing" sauce. I actually think this idea would benefit from a thinner burger, it would become kind of chicken fried steak-esque... only in burger form.

In any event, I admire Swifty's pluck. It takes some serious juevos to throw a deep fried burger on your menu.



  1. Okay, for real - is that mayo on a deep fried burger?? Either way, I am imagining one greasy little meat bomb. No?

  2. You sir, are the kind of trouble that I just don't need.

    Damn, that looks good. I'm assuming of course that the white goo is blue cheese dressing. And should I feel like life just isn't worth living anymore, I'll head down to Swifty's and make sure to ask for some more hot Buffalo sauce on the side.

    Never would have expected this from Delmar.

  3. I think I have PTSD from sharing a table with that thing (ok, sharing a table with someone consuming that thing, but still...) The flashback made me shudder. My boyfriend gave a similar review. Maybe Swifty's will heed your advice - if they're going to do it, they might as well make it awesome.

  4. God, that thing looks really good. Thank you for documenting your experience, because regardless of how tempting it looks, my digestive system would never forgive me if I actually ate it.


  5. Beffs was garbage...place was a roach nest

  6. I had the same burger at a place in Utica and it was incredible. I will have to try this one to see how it compares

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