In the past I have had burgers prepared poorly at high end restaurants perhaps because they’re not considered cuisine worthy of better attention but that was not the case here!
It’s true that a burger was all I wanted. But isn’t the customer always right? He or she is if the establishment wishes that customer to return and to refer your business to visitors! Burgers are taken very seriously here. In a valley known for elaborate gastronomy, competition is steeply pitched for who serves the finest steak burger. Locally raised beef free of growth hormones and feedlots is the first step. Grinding a flavorful yet well textured blend in house and cooking it to order gets another nod of approval. Complementing the beef with subtle yet effective toppings that do not overpower it bring an even higher rating. In this case grilled halloumi, caramelized shallots, fancy greens and sliced tomato within a perfect brioche created a most harmonious ensemble. Finally, polite, prompt, non dismissive service capped a perfect experience.
Between 54 local, non fast food restaurants (five were in teton valley) I have not had a finer pure, premium burger than at Amangani last night. A pure burger is one that doesn’t need bacon and egg and peppers to enhance it but which is allowed to “speak for itself.”
Kudos to manager Taylor who oversaw my meal masterfully.