Anyone reading Methods Unsound yesterday will have seen the news that London burger pioneers, Lucky Chip and Bleecker Street, will be combining forces this week to create what I’m hoping will be the ultimate cheeseburger!
Tonight (Wednesday 30 September) representatives from both Lucky Chip and Bleecker Street will be at The Old Queen’s Head in Islington for the grand unveiling of their new cheeseburger hybrid, dubbed The World Peace Double Bacon Cheeseburger.
You can get tickets to attend this for free on Eventbrite, but if you can’t make it, Methods Unsound will be there so be sure to check back in a day or two (depending on how hungover we are) to read our thoughts on how the WPDBC went down.
To prepare for this momentous occasion, I went back to both Lucky Chip and Bleecker Street to remind myself of what each burger would be bringing to the party and to see which one offers the best burger in London. To keep the comparison fair I only reviewed a bacon cheeseburger in both venues. Yesterday was the turn of Bleecker Street’s bacon cheeseburger. Next up, Lucky Chip in residence at The Old Queen’s Head:
Kevin Bacon Burger (£8.50)
This little fella is much saltier than the Bleecker Street burger and I think it’s mostly coming from the Applewood smoked bacon, which is really tasty. The bacon is definitely the most prominent element, it’s a thicker, smokier and, yes, saltier beast. The cheese also seemed to be in larger abundance, but the ‘in your face’ meltiness is pretty much never a bad thing on a cheeseburger.
The bun in question is a brioche bun rather than a sesame seeded number, which tasted good but the bottom half of the bun fell apart completely about half way through eating so I had to finish it off with a knife and fork. I am not adverse to this but it’s not ideal and some people may think this borders on the edge of burger heathenism.
The burger itself is very juicy with a slight greasy texture – I say this as a compliment rather than a criticism as I like a greasy burger. The patty was cooked to nice medium pink but to be honest I would say it’s probably not as flavoursome as Bleecker Street. It was still very yummy but I feel like the flavours here mostly came from the additional toppings – the cheese, the bacon, the sauce, the pickles – rather than the patty itself.
Just to be clear, I did still really like the Kevin Bacon Burger, I guess it’s just a different beast to Bleecker Street. Where Bleecker Street may be more simple and refined Lucky Chip is a no-holds barred, dirty burger flavour-fest. I suppose it just depends on what your type is?
Scores out of 5
Cheese & extras: 4/5
Be sure to check back at the end of the week for our thoughts on the World Peace Double Cheeseburger.