I am visiting my parents in Largo Florida and Dad decided to take me to lunch. We went to Square 1 Burgers. Dad had been there before and knew I would enjoy it. Square 1 Burgers has 8 locations in Florida and will not disappoint if every location is to the same standard as the one we visited today.
Entering you are met with a red and black color theme, with some booths in a white and black cow print. There is a lot of dark wood and colorful chandeliers. It definitely says we are not your ordinary burger joint, we like to have fun but offer a high quality product. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive.
There is a wide variety of specialty cocktails, beers and wines to quench your thirst. We just enjoyed a couple of beers, Square 1 Red and a 3 Daughters Beach Blonde ale, both were excellent. Although we sat inside because it was getting ready to storm, I love how in Florida most of the restaurant have an outside seating area. Most of the locations are also dog friendly (outside) and there is even a doggie menu for your 4-legged family member.
I decided on the Poblano Peno Burger. This 1/2 lb 100% all natural Angus burger had roasted poblanos, jalapenos, swiss cheese, tomato, onion and a cilantro-lime cream sauce on a grilled brioche bun.
This is definitely not a “date” burger, it was messy and juicy, had a little bit of heat from the fresh jalapenos but not overwhelming. The cilantro-lime cream sauce was a perfect complement to the two peppers. My side, coleslaw, was a good basic slaw. A little too much liquid but otherwise good, not too much vinegar and not too creamy.
Dad ordered the 3 mushroom burger made with porcini, portobello, and garden mushroom sauté, gruyere cheese and square 1 sooner sauce with fries. He said it was perfect and left no crumble behind.
The fries appeared to be the only way fries should be made–fresh cut. We ordered our burgers medium and medium-well and each came out to that exact temperature.
They do have other items in addition to burgers for the non-burger and non-bun fans. Instead of Angus beef you can substitute ground chicken, turkey, lamb, Kobe, or buffalo for an additional charge. Today’s special burger was a crab cake burger that sounded delightful.
Do yourself a favor and visit Square 1 Burgers next time you are in Florida!