It might not be as well known as Sobelman’s or AJ Bombers, but Stack’d Burger bar located just south of the Third Ward can hold its own with either of those places. If you are a burger connoisseur we highly recommend throwing this place on your list of “must visit.”
First of all, the facility itself is modern and sleek. According to their website, they have taken the space of an old foundry building. It has been cleaned up and restored very well. The restaurant has a very open concept feel with a view of the kitchen and bar from almost every seat. The bar area is large and has multiple televisions for people who want to take in a game. It is a great place to have your burger or maybe just a drink.
While the ambiance is great, the food is what it is all about at Stack’d. Everything is made fresh and from fresh ingredients. While some might be skeptical, let me say, diners can taste the difference.
We started with Loaded Fries ($8.00). To say these are loaded may be an understatement! They are the fresh cut french fries topped with cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives. This is a huge plate and definitely something to consider sharing with table (or not!). We also sampled the pulled pork nachos ($11.00) which included cheese, sour cream, chives, tomatoes, onions, and bacon (yes!). Simply put, either of these dishes could be there own meals. Both were very good, and very fresh.
Onto the Burgers. Stack’d offers a list of burgers on their menu, or you can build your own. Personally, I went with the build your own style. However, a number of the burgers on the menu, including The Hangover, looked appetizing.
I tried a build your own with grass fed beef ($12.00), a pretzel roll, cheddar cheese, and onions. In my mind this is a pretty standard burger. However when the waitress brought it out to the table, I realized that this was not the run of the mill bar burger. Fried pickles (they are great!) top the burger and fresh pretzel roll complimented a perfectly cooked patty. The freshness of the entire meal is what truly stood out. We also tried a blue cheese burger made with bison meat ($14.00). Again, this was cooked well and the lean bison meat stood out.
The atmosphere within the restaurant is fun. The servers are all very personable and the service on each of our visits was great. We never waited for more than just a few minutes for our drinks or food orders. Everything is made fresh, so it does take a little longer than the usual burger place, but it is definitely worth the wait.
Stack’d may not have the notoriety of some of the other burger places in town, but if it keeps producing this type of food, it won’t be long before it is on that short list. Maybe even on the top of that list.