One of the biggest food trends in recent years is the shift by a lot of restaurants to use more local ingredients in their menus. While not completely restricting themselves to a microcosm such as only using Pennsylvania suppliers, JG Domestic (one of Jose Garces‘ many fine dining establishments) does its best to keep it as close to home as possible. As my waiter informed me, everything on the menu – from the food to the beer and wine – comes from the US (save for Tequila and Scotch, which we Americans apparently haven’t “perfected yet”, according to him). I came in for one of those unicorns of the food world: the “Lunch Menu Only” burger – paired with a side of duck fat fries because hey, who said I need to start working on my New Year’s Resolutions just yet?
The JG Domestic burger is comprised of Wolfe’s Neck sirloin, bibb lettuce, a Jersey tomato and 1000 island dressing, sandwiched between a seeded brioche bun (similar to the ones at Royal Tavern). I also added Grafton aged cheddar for an extra $3 (which seemed fair seeing as $15 seems to be the standard price point for ‘high end’ burgers these days). The only down side is that the fries do cost extra ($4 for regular, $5 for duck fat), so it quickly turned a plain $12 burger into a $20 lunch.
My burger came out and it was a behemoth! Definitely similar in size to the Hickory Lane burger and just as delicious. Once I managed to get my mouth around it to take a bite, all these delicious juices started flowing (which was good since it was slightly more on the medium-well side but without that dried out taste/texture). And the bun held up really well against the “drippage”.
The duck fat fries were also amazing. They come with a side of ketchup and a malt vinegar/mayo/aioli kind of dipping thing. But after finishing that burger, I could barely finish my fries; a shame since they were so delicious and crispy.
Burger rating: Once again, like with the Burger Bar Bistro burger, I’m going to have to knock down a few points since the burger didn’t come with fries. But these fries were definitely way better than BBB, so I’ll give the JG Domestic burger a solid “B+”.