How long does it take to achieve burger domination? 10 years, apparently.
I still remember when Byron was relatively new and they were cropping up around London. Now they’re on every other corner and have seeped out of the city and across the UK. I remember being ecstatic in 2013 when Byron came to Milton Keynes! Byron for me is a successful chain that’s maintained their essence whilst expanding.
Well 10 years and 71 restaurants (I mean bravo) deserves a celebration right? So Byron have brought back the specials for Summer and I was invited to my local Byron to try one out.
The Miami Slice was a special from back in 2014 after a trip to Miami where some crispy shoestring potatoes inspired this burger. But first: Nachos.
For such an incredibly simple snack, so many restaurants get nachos so very wrong. Which is why Q and I always take time to appreciate the ones at Byron, where the toppings are piled on and the cheese is distributed evenly. No masses of chips welded together leaving the other half dry and barren; (argh I hate that!) just lovely, evenly cheesy tortillas for dunking in cool guac, salsa and sour cream.
It’s not a birthday without a drink, so Byron have paired each of their celebratory specials with a beer. The Miami Slice came with a can of ‘Pith & Love’; a fruity pale ale with orangey appearance and flavour. Ideal to offset the Miami heat, which I can assure you was very real.
This is a super strong and cheesy burger, crammed with those fantastic, crispy shoestring potatoes that have the same satisfaction as putting crisps in your sandwich. The fillings are then slathered with hot paprika ketchup and the burger is served with an extra little pot of hot sauce. Only the brave need venture near this extra, because that paprika ketchup is packing some heat! It’s a rich and tangy sauce; real tasty and a perfect match to the crunch of the crispy potatoes. Overall a really unique burger. I’ve gotta say I missed the brioche bun! I fear that I’ve grown close minded when it comes to burger buns, but what can I say, I just love the squish!
No two specials are the same; and I urge fellow burger fans to get down to Byron and enjoy these specials whilst they’re back! Here’s the schedule:
A football homage from the 2014 World Cup: crispy bacon, buttery onions, crispy fried onions and American cheese. Served 1st-14th August.
Created in 2011 by Chef and Food writer Gizzi Erskine: Welsh rarebit made with Barber’s cheddar, smoked Applewood and a splash of stout. Served 15th-28th August
Debuted in 2013: Roquefort and crispy onions, the ultimate combo! Served 29th August-11th September
This one’s only a year old! Rashers of miso roasted bacon, wasabi mayo, onion ring and pickled cucumber. Served 12th-25th September.
Which one sounds like your favourite? Let me know! You can tag me on Instagram or use #jogirleatsworld. I’ve got my eyes on that Gizzmo… and a new ambition to have my own burger created one day 🙂
Disclosure: Our meal was complimentary. As always all words and thoughts are my own.