On Friday’s episode of “Burgers, Brew & Que,” Michael Symon’s three favorite food groups were on this episode titled “Spiced, Salty and Succulent.” Michael is bringing fans across the country for a visit to places he deems to have the best “Burgers, Brew & Que,” and everything in between. Michael gives advice at each place he visits and calls them his “Symon Says,” the featured foods are his recommendations.
His first stop was Jersey City, New Jersey to meet husband and wife, Daniel & Nina DeAlmeida owners of the Left Bank Burger Bar. These Jersey City kids met in the restaurant business and married. Tired of going to New York for a good burger, they decided to open their own burger joint. They hooked up with Chef Joo Han and the rest is history. In the kitchen, Chef Joo showed Michael how he makes the Ghostface Burger, but first he made the sweet-potato-bacon tots that go on top. He used an espresso rubbed patty, ghost pepper jam, smoked Gouda, the tots, red onion & mustard barbeque sauce. He made Jersey Devil fries too using twice fried potatoes, his homemade extra cheese blue cheese dressing and buffalo sauce that was amazing.
On to Louisville, Kentucky to the Crescent Hill Craft House that specializes in local beer and local food. He met with Beau Kerley the owner and went into the kitchen to meet with Chef Tim Smith, who made him a Pastrami Spiced Salmon Sandwich, which contains seared salmon with traditional pastrami spices, housemade lager kraut, whole-grain mustard aioli, butter lettuce on a cracked wheat bun and Pretzel Monkey Bread and washed it down with Goodwood Louisville Lager.
The next stop was to Austin, Texas for barbeque. Michael met up with LeAnn Mueller, heir to the throne of barbeque royalty. She never expected to get into the business until she met pitmaster John Lewis. The pair joined forces to create some of the best BBQ in Austin. Michael visited their joint La Barbeque at the Aztec Food Park where John showed him how he prepped his brisket and put it in one of his decommissioned thousand-gallon propane tank smokers. When it was done, it was a work of art. John made him the El Loco sandwich and ex-NFL cornerback and now Chef Eddie Jackson met with Michael to have some too. These two barbeque and football lovers had much to talk about while they ate some of their favorite food on this episode of “Burgers, Brew & Que.”