Does anyone believe in bacon more strongly than The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro? LA’s The Oinkster, maybe, but few others. For the third time, Oakville, Ont.-based The Works has mounted a “Baconism” menu promotion, this time titled “Believe in Baconism,” and the burger specials are impressive as always.
One of this year’s new burgers is the Fritos Bacon Chili O’Mine burger ($16.48), a 100% Canadian fresh beef patty topped with house-made all-bacon chili, a blend of shredded cheeses, smoked bacon and Fritos corn chips, all drizzled with sour cream & green onions. Also new is the Bacon You Fancy Huh? ($16.98), a signature 8-oz. bacon/beef-blend patty topped with extra old aged white Cheddar, thick-cut maple-glazed bacon, bacon-roasted tomatoes, arugula and creamy mayo.
Back by popular demand from Baconism II is the Six Degrees of K’vin Bacon burger ($15.98): the signature 8-oz. bacon-beef patty with smoked bacon, Canadian bacon, bacon ketchup, bacon-roasted-garlic aïoli and house made bacon sticks.
Also back is the Bacon-Wrapped Wrecking Balls ($9.97) appetizer: bacon-wrapped Cheddar tater tots topped with bacon-roasted garlic aïoli on a bed of bacon sticks. The Hunka Hunka Shake ($7.91/16 oz.) has real banana plus peanut butter and crispy bacon blended with creamy Canadian ice cream topped with whipped cream and, yes, more bacon.
As I noted yesterday in assessing Ruby Tuesday’s recovery plans, casual-dining chains keep calling on burgers to help them bring customers. This week, T.G.I. Fridays has a new lunch campaign themed “Make Lunch Count.” Lunch has always been a softspot for casual dining, but a prime daypart for quick service. So TGIF has brought in a juicy burger to take the spotlight.
Its new Truffle Stacked Burger (below) is a blend of four cheeses with truffle oil, onion-bacon jam and Asiago cheese between two burgers, with truffle aïoli and applewood-smoked bacon added for good measure. Other new choices are a Mediterranean Mahi Mahi Naan ‘Wich and a California Chicken Club. All new sandwiches are, of course, “handcrafted,” apparently distinguishing them from machine-made sandwiches.
The burger is a premium option but there’s also a new “On the Double” lunch pairing option: choice of one appetizer—such as mozzarella sticks,Turkey Kale Soup or Caesar Salad—with one of several entrees at three price tiers ($6.99, $7.99 or $8.99). Jack Slider mini burgers are an option at the $8.99 level.