Eating in downtown Orlando is not something I am very familiar with, within the past few years. Yes I’ve eaten at the sushi places, the pizza spots, the late night hot dog carts, and even Jungle Jim’s and Hooter’s during my UCF college years. That was a long time ago, and now its time to explore the newer restaurants. In my case, it took a friend visiting from Atlanta (who’s been to this restaurant a few times already) to get me to finally go to Pine Twenty 2 for some burgers. After walking inside, I wondered why haven’t I been here before? A nice interior space that serves wine, craft beers, burgers, and more sounds like my kind of place.
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The “Burginator” – 1/2 lb of Deepcreek ranch grass fed beef, fried (LM) egg, smoked bacon, charred onions, herb aioli, fontina cheese
Normally I’m “that guy” who wants to create their own burger, adding this and substituting that, to build a burger to my liking. After reading the menu to “build your own burger” of 100% Angus beef burgers and the plethora of add-ons, cheeses, sauces, toppings, I found a burger that was listed with everything I wanted. The “Burginator” (pictured above) was a combo that came with a choice of fries, I chose sweet potato fries. This was a deal for $10.50, because if I would have built this burger myself, it would have cost a bit more after adding everything.
With all of the add-ons, I still tasted the burger. Not sure if its because it was Deepcreek ranch grass fed beef, but it tasted like real beef should. I was also being a little adventurous and ordered the burger medium rare, which is how I usually have my steaks, so maybe that added to the beefy flavor. The burger overall tasted good with all of the added components combined together. I cannot resist a burger with bacon, fried egg, and cheese either. The bread even was able to hold up the entire time which is a good thing with so many ingredients.
I was happy with The “Burginator” and will be back to try more. This is my “First Bite” here so I will be creating a more in depth post with more photos once I go back. I think I will create my own burger next time to see what I can come up with.
Pine Twenty 2
22 E Pine St
Orlando, FL 32801
Words and photos by Julius Mayo Jr.
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I’ve eaten here a couple of times, and must say I was less than impressed. Perhaps it was what I ordered. Not quite sure.
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