Archive for September, 2013

Sea DogSept. 2013

I hate admitting I like blueberry beer. My first attempt at this interesting concoction occurred in the summer of 2011, and I definitely had second guesses when I saw actual blueberries at the bottom of my frosty mug. The final result, though, certainly exceeded my expectations.

Sea Dog Blue Paw quickly crept up my list of favorite adult beverages, making its way near the bottom of my top 10. So when Sea Dog Brewing Company opened up a restaurant near the attractions in Orlando, Jess and I made it a point to try it out.

It may be located right off I-4, yet it is not the easiest to find once a restaurant-goer exits the highway. We eventually parked and walked to Sea Dog’s doors where three valet workers stood outside waiting for cars to pull up. By the looks on their faces, they were clearly not making any money tonight, and they kept eyeing the life-sized Connect Four game on the sidewalk due to their extreme boredom.

Once inside, everyone was very friendly and a live acoustic singer was proudly belting out random tunes to a small crowd. I opened up a menu and saw this fascinating item:

“Our 100% ground beef, bison and venison dusted with smoked paprika and chili powder, topped with Sea Dog blueberry BBQ sauce, bacon, and boursin cheese.”

Now, I am concerned with the fact it used an Oxford comma at the end of the description but not at the beginning. Anyway, behold the Game Changer Burger. I questioned the waitress about the legalities of serving venison since I had not seen it on a menu in forever, and she did not seem to know in some states it is illegal to serve it. So maybe it was ok since it was combined with other meats.

My feelings were so strong at diving into such a beast. This really had potential to be one of the best burgers in my lifetime. When it arrived, I wasted little time at getting messy. The sauce and cheese fluttered down my hand and on to resting tater tots below.

The burger was certainly scrumptious. I ordered it medium, and should have asked for it medium-rare knowing that venison and bison is a leaner meat compared to ground beef. So the burger ended up not being very juicy, which was a disappointment. The bacon, sauce and cheese would help to hide this a little bit, but I am starting to not enjoy bacon on a burger. If there is too much or if the bacon has a strong texture, it takes away from the flavor of the meat itself. I really hope I change my attitude, though.

I do want to return and try the Game Changer without bacon and served up medium-rare. I also would love to have this set up next to a couple of other burgers in Orlando to get a better sense of who has the best in town.