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500 Degrees (Five Hundred Degrees)
Posted by Dan on 08/05/2011
Burger was so-so but not worth the money. The cheese was still cold. Could not get orders out in order. People who ordered burgers after me had their order before me and mine was ordered medium.
Posted by Shannon on 06/30/2011
First, the good: they offer a vegetarian sandwich that, on a good day, is very tasty. They also have truffle fries-- TRUFFLE FRIES!--and locally brewed sodas. I placed my order to go and when I got home, my sandwich was neatly wrapped and not at all smushed and the fries were all still in their little pouch. Now for the bad: even though the cost of the Philafel sandwich by itself is the same as most of the burgers, they don't offer it as a combo. I hate to break it to you, management at 500°, but vegetarians (and people who just feel like eating falafel that day) might also want some fries and a shake with their tasty sandwich. So why would you penalize them for eating a sandwich that's significantly cheaper to make than a real burger would be? My chickpea patty with lettuce, tomato, a few slices of cucumber, and a dollop of flavorless, mayonnaise-based sauce, soggy fries with a barely detectable trace of truffle flavoring (I know it's expensive but come on now. Truffles have a strong, distinctive flavor that comparatively mild potatoes carry very well and I only noticed it on a few piecesin the whole order.), and soda came out to just under $14. Seriously. I could've made the same thing myself for a quarter of what that cost without the attitude from the guy behind the counter or the grumpiness of the guy making my food (which may have had something to do with the bad attitude being directed at him from counter guy, who was about as pleasant to him as he was to me). I won't go back. If I want falafel and fries, I'll go to Maoz. If I want a decent quick burger, Five Guys beats 500° by a mile. Their fries are amazing and the staff is friendly and doesn't make customers wait to order until they've finished their personal conversations. I most definitely DID NOT get what I paid for at this establishment.
Posted by anonymous on 04/02/2011
Was expecting alot more out of this place, but wound up with a bad taste in my mouth. Good fries...good cookies...creepy patrons.
Posted by Jsorel on 03/12/2011
Best burger under $10 ever
Posted by Dale on 12/17/2010
Eating one is 10 minutes of cheeseburger heaven.
Posted by Daniela M. on 08/09/2010
Had the Classic with American Cheese and Fried Onions and was pleasantly surprised. The burger was tender and nicely spiced. They get extra points for putting it on a brioche style roll, not some crappy hamburger bun. I ordered the burger medium well, and it turned out to be well done, so they lose points there. Still at $6, it's a good quick burger. I've been on a quest to find the best burger in the city...from Le Bec Fin to Pub and Kitchen...Valanni's burger still beats everyone else's hands down.
Posted by Jay C. on 07/19/2010
As it should be, the menu is pretty simple: burgers ($5), fries ($2), and drinks with slight variations for each. The “Classic” burger comes with bibb lettuce and a tomato, and variations include cheese (five varieties) and toppings (jalapenos, grilled onions, avocado, etc). A good thing about the burgers is that you can specify how you want it cooked, and the burgers are thick enough that they can pull this off effectively. As height has replaced width, the burgers look small at first glance, but don’t be fooled, they’re actually very filling. They’re served on an eggy bun that’s a cross between brioche and unsweetened challah. The taste of the bread and butterhead lettuce pair well, while contrasting nicely with the salty tender beef. Fries are shoestring/ribbon cut, and don't carry a lot of substance to them. They are seasoned well, especially if you get the truffle fries, but too thin to really be worthwhile for my tastes. The Shakes ($5) are really good here. They use Bassetts local ice cream, and you can tell they don't skimp on the ice-cream to milk ratio. The chocolate shake is very very rich in flavor, so you may want to opt for the black and white. The strawberry is very good as well. Overall, it's worth stopping in and trying this burger. If the fries were better and the shakes were not as expensive, I'd probably make this place a regular visit. They've only been open since March of 2010, so maybe they'll still make some changes and I'll start showing up more. We'll have to see.