We wish to poke enjoyable at the mid-2000s gastropub eating scene, partially as a result of its choices really feel so contemporary in our minds, but so removed from present tendencies. Simply as sun-dried tomatoes are an awesome shorthand for ’90s-era delicacies, the mid-aughts introduced us issues like brief rib flatbread pizzas and baconified every thing. But it surely was additionally the period of the large honking dinner burger, for which diners had been all the time given a alternative of three to 5 completely different bun choices. White? Wheat? Pretzel? Potato? Ciabatta? I miss that type of choice. And it appears like Burger King is kinda, sorta bringing it again.
Beginning September 12, Burger King will debut a brand new brioche bun coated in every thing bagel seasoning, which might be subbed in for a standard bun whenever you order a Whopper, Royal Crispy Rooster Sandwich (substitute for the Ch’King), or Breakfast Sandwich. Solely prospects in Huntsville, Alabama and Albuquerque, New Mexico will have the ability to attempt them for now, however as with every take a look at run, early success might imply the remainder of us get to style it for ourselves quickly after.
Doesn’t it really feel prefer it’s been some time because you had been supplied a bit of menu of bun selections from which to pick out? The explanation might need to do with the rise of the crispy smash burger and the truth that a comfortable, squishy bun is de facto the one factor that pairs structurally with the salty, lacy-edged type popularized by Shake Shack. However this new BK product seems to be one of the best of each worlds, combining the superior seasoning of a bagel with the pillowy crumb of brioche.
The largest hurdle I anticipate for this menu merchandise is maintaining salt ranges at bay. Quick meals is a sodium-rich panorama at one of the best of instances, and whenever you add a crust of every thing seasoning on high—a mix consisting of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion, and salt—the added savory kick may ship an already salty sandwich excessive. Then once more, possibly this bun will meet the identical destiny as each airport every thing bagel buy I’ve ever made and lose 99% of its seasoning by the point I unsheath it from the takeout bag.
Burger King, Chicago hopes to be given a possibility to do this salty, zingy menu innovation quickly. All advised, it’s a tiny tweak to the menu, however one which provides only a trace of customization that prospects are all the time searching for.