The Pizza Boy – Marinara sauce, breaded mozzarella, red onion, pepperoni, American cheese and Swiss cheese served with our garlic and herb dip
Price of burger: £9.00
A lot has gone on since my last update. Don’t get me wrong, my love for burgers has not diminished in the slightest and despite not necessarily writing reviews, I certainly have had a burger or 20. The main change in my life is that I have become a dad!
After recently visiting a previously reviewed restaurant, I realised I needed to get my arse into gear as, not only their menu, but countless others on here have changed immeasurably and I cannot regard myself as “Mr Burger Journal” when I am so far behind the curve. So here it is, me, back on the straight and narrow. This decision was also helped by my wife who, on your behalf, has been nagging me almost relentlessly to get the blog back up and running – thanks love!
Anyway, on with the show!
I thought I would get back on the horse (no Tesco burger jokes please) by visiting somewhere that had been recommended to me by both my barber and a client of mine (yes, I do have a day job)!
That place, was The Beefy Boys in Hereford. At first, I thought this was like Five Guys – a restaurant chain with multiple locations around the country – but I was pleasantly surprised to find this was not the case. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against chains but I find there’s something more satisfying helping smaller businesses trying to make the world a burgery-er place!
Reviews on Facebook, Trip Advisor and elsewhere certainly backed up the recommendations I’d received, so I thought I’d give it a go.
Firstly I’ll start with the staff – what a lovely, friendly, accommodating bunch of chaps and chapettes they are. Despite being busy, they were so polite and couldn’t do enough to get us a table, even though we hadn’t booked (which, by the way, I would suggest you do) and we were dragging a pram along with us.
The restaurant has a huge glass front, both upstairs and down meaning it’s always lovely and bright. The outside area – complete with heated bench (awesome, I know) and other heaters – is also a great place to sit.
On this occasion, we were inside. My eight-month old loves nothing more than watching the world go by so, as we were sat close to the glass frontage, it was ideal to keep him occupied whilst we perused the menu.
I admit that I had expected a little more selection but that being said, I found a burger that tickled my pickle in “The Pizza Boy” consisting of marinara sauce, breaded mozzarella, red onion, pepperoni, American cheese and Swiss cheese served with a garlic and herb dip – sounds lush, right?! The burgers come on their own with sides being optional extras. This does make The Beefy Boys quite expensive when compared to pub grub (£9 for the burger alone). But when you compare it to other places in the area (Frankie and Benny’s, Chimichanga etc) the cost does fit in. Of course, this is little consolation to your bank balance but perhaps it’s a case of you get what you pay for…
Incidentally, the sides are epic – we decided to go for the Bacon Fries (skin-on fries, baconnaise, bacon dust, bacon – £4.00).
The burger didn’t take long to arrive and what a thing of beauty! The bun had an amazing shine to it, the patty looked juicy, the pepperoni was an incredible deep red and don’t even get me started on the breaded mozzarella!
Unusually for me, I began, by digging into the bacon fries! First things first, they are bloody massive! I would recommend sharing unless you are a greedy fella like me as they really do go a long way. The Beefy Boys allow you to take food away should you not finish it though, so who am I to tell you to share!?
The burger was next on the hit list and I started by cleaving it in twain (“cutting it in half” for you non-geeks). The burger was thick and juicy and the mozzarella oozed out. “Food porn” is a common expression these days and I see it being used for all sorts of things – I mean, how on earth can a loaf of bread be food porn for goodness sake? In this case, however, the use of the term has never been more appropriate. Total decadence and I was about to indulge myself in the food I love most!
Having re-read what I have written, I realise this is more an erotic novel than a food review so I’ll keep it more PG. The burger was as tasty as it looked and was absolutely bursting with flavour! The bacon fries complemented it perfectly and I had the biggest smile on my face – people walking by were looking at all the food and I could see them chatting to their friends as they walked off.
If I do have one criticism – and it really can only be one at this stage – and that is that the fries are a little on the salty side as a result of the bacon, bacon dust and baconnaise. My wife actually had different fries and the story was the same. But again, this really is looking for fault.
I must say though, that The Beefy Boys is quickly becoming (if it is not already) my favourite place to eat and I am now on my fourth or fifth visit. As I travel there once a month, it would be rude not to pop in and I can honestly recommend you do the same! Top-drawer!
Entire meal 9.5