I cannot say enough how important it is to nail the basics in the burger world. The burg will live or die based on the basics: quality beef, correct salting, proper ratios, and of course, the right ingredients. The people at Stoic & Genuine in Union Station nailed every one of these.
Stoic & Genuine only has their burger on their lunch menu, making this a tricky item to review. I don’t work anywhere near the restaurant; but with some well-deserved time off, I found myself sitting down with the Baroness for a late Friday lunch.
The first thing to notice was that the beef was fantastic. Very tasty, well-salted. What the Baroness likes to call the “Grizzle,” or the burger crust, was perfect. Two thin patties with two slices of American cheese is my favorite, and just happens to be my recent at-home construction.
The cheese was perfectly melted, cascading over the patties like one would hope and the LTO was crisp, fresh and added a nice after flavor to the burg.
The bun has a nice crispy grilled layer protecting something so soft that you might think it was in a Downy commercial.
Overall, I don’t think I can praise this burg highly enough. I would wager to say this is easily one of the top 5 burgers in Denver at the moment. Five stars, no question.