25 Degrees is a super cool burger bar that opened up at City North. It is one of only two locations in the United States, there is a third location in Beijing, China. If you live in the Phoenix area you are seriously in for a treat as the burger I had here is definitely on my top 5 list of best burgers I’ve ever had!Also, for you thirsty folks there is a full bar and an amazing wine list and large selection of draft beer on tap.
I recently came here for a “tweet up” and had a great time with foodie friends, enjoying 25 Degrees Happy Hour specials and eating some of their delicious food. While sipping on my dirty martini I decided to order some bacon wrapped dates ($8.0). In my bacon loving life I have wrapped a lot of things with bacon, but haven’t had the pleasure of dates. They were delicious, soft and sweet in the middle with the smoky salty crunch of the crisp bacon on the outside. Another item I recommend that I tried of a friends was the tempura green and yellow beans ($9.0). The beans were fresh and not over fried with the tempura, they still had a great crunch and came with a yummy dipping sauce.
After a couple martinis my hunger was substantial as I saw lots of burgers and dogs coming out of the kitchen. I decided it was time to order up a burger to see for myself. Granted, this is not your $5. burger, so if you’re coming here, be ready to spend about $10-$15 on a burger alone. Everything is a la carte, so it can certainly add up, but it’s worth it in the end. I decided to build my own burger when I learned that you cannot make any substitutions to their 4 specialty burgers on the menu. So, here is what I ordered, that I so lovingly dubbed, “The Food Tramp” : ground sirloin, smoked mozzarella, jalapeno bacon, caramelized onions, fried egg over easy, and thousand island dressing ($14.5).
I don’t quite know what to say about this burger, as it was just so damn good! The burger itself was cooked medium with tender juiciness in every bite. The additions I had on the burger added the perfect blend of spicy, salty, cheesy goodness. Definitely up there on my list of top burgers along with Umami Burger , BLT Burger, and The Raft Burger. The only thing I would change next time, is that I would get the garlic aioli instead of thousand island. I am a lover of garlic and didn’t notice it on the list when I ordered the other dressing. I also had a bite of my friends bacon wrapped Sonoran Dog ($10.5) which was also super delicious and I am eager to order one of those as well the next time I am there. Oh, and did I mention that they even have adult milkshakes??!! I didn’t get one, but I tried a sip of the “bourbon bacon” milkshake and it was just cool, creamy and yum-E!!!
I throughly enjoyed everything about 25 Degrees. From the atmosphere, to the beautfiul wallpaper of half naked sexy ladies in the bathroom, to the food. It’s really a great place to go for a drink, for a burger or both! Check it out SOON.