The beginning of a new year often means new experiences, but The Straight Beef, being the contrarians that we are, decided it was best that we do a re-review of one of our most memorable burger visits, Bad Daddy’s. Memories of the first visit still haunt Reverend Don to this day, and he shies away from anything with the terms “Bad” and/or “Ass” associated with it. But knowing that one must face their demons to truly move on, he agreed to join his partners in burgiatry, Michael and Carolyn, for a re-review. What follows is an abridged transcript:
Rev: I almost didn’t come tonight. The pain is still fresh.
Michael: That was seven years ago…
Rev: Still too soon. I can remember we sat right there. (He points to a half booth next to the reviewers. Then proceeds to review the menu.)
Carolyn: Michael, does he always shake when he looks at the menu?
M: Special occasion…things didn’t end well the last time.
Rev: I am going simple and old school – make your own with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, cooked medium, can’t screw that up.
M: Pittsburgh for me.
C: Carolina it is.
Burgers come about ten minutes later:
Rev: Ok here goes… (Bites, checks to make sure it is fully cooked this time, chews, contemplates.) “Now that is nothing special. I mean, it barely has any taste. The patty is a tad dry, unseasoned, and a bit over-cooked. Closer to medium well, I think. Any one else getting a pronounced lack of flavor?
M: Flavor? No. However, they did manage to do almost everything wrong when it comes to the build. That’s something, right? A giant leaf of lettuce about 30% larger in area than the burger, a thick tomato slice, and about a quarter of a red onion all under the patty. By the time I was halfway through, it was all over the place.
C: Holy heck, what is this thing on the plate? Some sort of mediocre yet voluminous mess, with an atrocious build and WAY too much of everything….except taste. Every single bite got worse than the bite before, and the first one was no delight. Even underneath all of the accouterments, the meat was bland and under-seasoned. 2.25.
M What I said about them in our previous review of them still stands. “If they were striving for mediocrity…, they nailed it.” 2.75
Rev: Ok it didn’t make me sick, and I did finish it this time. But I still don’t see why people love this place. 2.75
Re-review rating: 2.58 out of 5
Original rating: 2.63 out of 5
Combined rating: 2.61 out of 5
Overall updated rank: 77 out of 91