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Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique

posted on December 11, 2008 at 1:15 pm
Hey guys and gals. The restaurant is now open for lunch and dinner. The full website has gone live with hours, the complete menu (I pasted it below), address, etc. I went over for lunch after the restaurant officially opened–not during the friends and family period. I am going to wait to give you my thoughts on the food after I revisit and they have had adequate time to iron the kinks out. But I do have pictures for you. Check them out:

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25 comments

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Anonymous · December 11, 2008  1:49 PM

    Oh My GOD!!!!

    Richard is back!!

    I Love Iron Chef!

    That food looks amazing.

    Richard, I Love you, can I have your third baby!

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: cook eat FRET · December 11, 2008  1:57 PM

    i just wanna whine
    not fair

    nashville? why can’t you do better…
    i am begging you

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: A. Sunshine · December 11, 2008  5:52 PM

    I thought he was working on the World’s best veggie burger. I don’t see it on the menu.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Leah · December 12, 2008  8:10 AM

    im sure someone else has already told you…but Mark’s last name is Nanna, not Hanna.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · December 12, 2008  8:21 AM

    Oops. Typo. Will change when I am back at my computer.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Anonymous · December 12, 2008  11:32 AM

    Corned beef burger very good.
    Fries, tots and rings are decent but the portions are too small for the price.

    Pistachio milkshake very good but not worth the $$.

    Everything is $2 more than it should be because of the Blais name.

    A novelty.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: About this Tim Roth guy... · December 12, 2008  4:03 PM

    There is a veggie burger. It’s the Turf ‘n Earth. It’s Chanterelle mushroom based and earthily delicious. I would agree on the milkshake prices being a bit steep, but I don’t agree with the “$2 more than it should be because of the Blais name” comment. I think for the service, space, and amazing burgers, the prices are reasonable. Unless you cannot afford to eat here, I’d advise stopping your complaining about the prices.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: biskuit · December 12, 2008  6:58 PM

    I was there for lunch today and think the burgers and shakes are a good value – good ingredients, creative combinations, well cooked, fun atmosphere. I’ll be back for more.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Aubrey Longley-Cook · December 13, 2008  9:55 AM

    I am literally eating the turkey burger as I type, and it is the most amazing combination of flavors.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Matthew · December 14, 2008  3:17 AM

    My wife and I went there yesterday. Service was good, but a bit too hovery (we ate around 2-3 pm). The pistachio milkshake is very good.

    My wife had a regular burger. They had a great deal of trouble with “Leave everything off except the lettuce (she has allergies))”. But they were pleasant about it.

    MY hangar steak burger was very tasty. The jam was a bit too sweet, but overall it was very nice. The tots and fries were quite good.

    I think it is a bit pricey. However, it was very nice to be given human sized portions. We could clean our plates in good conscience knowing that we weren’t wasting food or over-eating.

    I just don’t see this as a regular haunt. It’s more of a semi-special occasion place.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Jon Bresler · December 14, 2008  7:04 AM

    I went there last night around 8 and came away satisfied, not blown away. We got there, and it appeared fairly crowded and they hostess told us it would be around an hour for our party of 5. We decided to wait, and were seated in under 15 minutes. I don’t really know how they could overshoot the wait that much…but whatever, they did.

    I ended up with the lamburger, some tots and some onion rings. I also split 1/2 of a pork belly burger with my friend. The lamburger was very nice. Subtle sweetness, great tanginess from the yogurt and lamb that actually tasted like lamb. I would definitely get that again. The pork belly burger was also good, great mouth feel from the meat, rich pork belly “bacon” and clearly homemade ketchup (the little things make the difference). My sides were another story. I found the onion rings to be nice, albeit overly salted. The dipped sauce was very good- kind of like a mild honey mustard. The tots were very disappointing. They were not crispy enough on the outside, a bit stringy on the inside, and not seasoned particually well. I really like sweet potatoes so I had high expectations.

    For dessert, I had a nutella shake, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, they ran out of marshmallows, so this was basically just a nutella shake. However, the texture was great- the liquid nitrogen may be a gimick, but it did make a great milk shake.

    Chef Blais did come over to our table twice to see how we were enjoying our meal, which was a nice touch. The service was good, not overly abrasive. Overall, for the money, I think there are better options (for $45 I spent total, I d rather get $50 at Holeman and Finch, for sure), but I ll definitely go back, probably when it is nice out for lunch. Burger and a milkshake on a hot day sounds really good!

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: CheeseMonger · December 14, 2008  10:02 PM

    The pics are nice- would be better without the annoying RF swoop and zoom.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Anonymous · December 15, 2008  7:33 AM

    Anybody who thinks those shakes are worth $7 is kneeling before Blais.

    And the portions on all sides should be doubled.

    For what you get, the place is a rip. The burgers, which are more like sliders, are very good but you end up spending $16 bucks for a burger (because you need to order two).

    I have a feeling that the Blais cult will go once or twice then realize in this economy $30 on lunch isn’t cutting it.

    Tim Roth, you fancy big spender you.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Sue · December 15, 2008  8:30 AM

    Well, heck. Perhaps we eat less than the average blogger, but I actually came away from Flip thinking it would become one of our “economical spots”. (The best bargain in town is easily La Pietra Cucina.) For good quality food, two of us spent $35 at Flip. No, it's not as cheap and "Welcome to Moe's!", or perhaps even as satisfying as cooking your own meal, but we are talking value here.

    Food-wise, I agree with Jon Bresler. I was "satisfied, but not blown away." We ordered the corned beef burger, southern burger, onion rings, Caesar salad, and Nutella milkshake. The egg on the corned beef burger was perfect. I liked the pimento cheese on the Southern, but I would have liked to taste the beef more. The onion rings were not greasy, but strangely extra crispy. The Caesar was fine; I quite liked the tempura-fried anchovy concept, but unfortunately it was served cold. The Nutella milkshake had a great texture, but it was the burnt marshmallows that made it. Altogether, we had an enjoyable, simple meal that didn't make us feel ill afterwards, as many burgers and fried foods do.

    We will be back. I look forward to trying a plain beef burger (although maybe I'll ask for that perfect egg also), the Turf 'n Earth, and the pistachio milkshake.

    BTW, I LOVE Holeman & Finch, but we usually spend at least $70 there for two.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Jessica · December 16, 2008  8:53 AM

    i’ve been twice now and i have to say… i think it is a GREAT value! a side and a burger is plenty enough food and you end up spending less than $15. the fried rutabaga was great, the sweet potato tots have this unforgettable blue cheese foam, and the martinis are super fun because they have smoke billowing out of them! i will definitely return time and time again! i went with a group of friends and we each got a burger and a side and tried everyone elses! my favorite burgers were the turf and earth, the southern, and the lamb!

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Anonymous · December 16, 2008  1:55 PM

    I'll agree with it being pricey.

    You probably spent more than $70 at H&F cause it is a BAR and you probably have really good drinks with your food.
    You can't compare that to Flip. I spent way too much(over $20) for a small burger,tots, and a milkshake…How is that affordable? I'm not complaining about the portion size, I'm complaining about the cost of the portion given.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Sue · December 16, 2008  2:26 PM

    No, actually, we rarely drink. I think my "problem" at H&F is that I want to order everything on the menu, and most items are at least $12 (Yes, that would be one and a half Flip burgers). At Flip, I am satisfied choosing one burger, one side, and maybe splitting a milkshake. I am not complaining about the value of either place. Like I said, I like them both.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: lamb · December 17, 2008  6:03 AM

    the food was good. i was really optimistic and pulling for the experience to be GREAT, but i seriously wished i had gone to the vortex. i had the “bun mi” burger – vietnamese pork sausage, etc. the portions were laughable – whoever said the burgers were comparable to sliders was right on. my husband joked we could have gone to krystals.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Emily · December 17, 2008  8:42 AM

    Some of the above comments are a pretty clear indicator of why Americans are becoming supersized. Does anyone complaining about portion size have any idea what they are supposed to be eating? Clearly not. A portion of meat is 3 oz, that is roughly the size of a deck of cards. I sat at the burger bar and saw at least one of every kind coming out and I can tell you, with the possible exception of the shrimp po-boyger, every one of those burgers was at least 3 oz. As for the sides, all of the fried sides are portions big enough for two or three people. I’m not saying that anyone going to FLIP is expecting to eat healthy, but you really can’t complain about portion sizes when you are being given a correct serving.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Anonymous · December 17, 2008  10:40 AM

    Emily, who is complaining about serving size. Everything is $2 too much for what you get.

    End of story.

    Those burgers should be $5 each.

    End of story.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Richard Blais · December 19, 2008  7:47 AM

    the burgers are 5-5.5 ounces raw depending on the protein.

    We have greatly increased our portion size on the sides. And have not increased the price. This started Thursday night.

    We grind short rib, hanger, and brisket for our beef burgers. I can assure you, if anything, we are eating it cost wise, per the quality / price of ingredients.

    Thanks for the comments.

    rB

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Anonymous · December 23, 2008  12:36 PM

    Wow. Now that Richard himself has chimed in, I feel a little bad for what I’m about to say. After picking up a friend from the airport late Monday night we decided to swing by FLIP. We got there around 9:30pm and the place was packed with a 20 minute wait for two (did I mention this was a Monday night?). After waiting and people watching for about 15 minutes we decided to head out for a combination of reasons:

    1) We were hungry, and although the place was packed with customers and servers, during our wait we only saw one (yes, just ONE) table with food. Everyone was waiting and drinking, but not eating. Maybe we just came at the wrong time? Either way we weren’t going to hang around for another ten minutes to be seated only to wait for an another hour on the food.

    2) We were hungry and (sorry, Richard) the burgers at that one table who were eating were really small. The poster who called them sliders was right on.

    3) It was really loud.

    The above reasons coupled with the posts here led me to believe that the food may not be worth the wait and the noise (remind anyone of two urban licks?).

    Again, take this for what its worth since we didn’t actually eat there.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Julia · January 14, 2009  8:35 AM

    People are really having problems with portion? I had a burger and split a side and I was completely satisfied, and I’m pregnant with a crazy appetite! I really don’t see how these couldn’t satisfying, unless you’re used to eating portions that are way too large.

    That said, I didn’t realize the jam on the side was for my rutabaga tempura and I put it on my burger, which hurt my experience with it. I didn’t taste it the way it was meant to and the jam was way too sweet for the rest of the ingredients. That’s my own stupid fault though, I would love to come back and try something new at FLIP.

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Anonymous · February 2, 2009  5:51 AM

    …after two visits, here is my suggestion Richard. Reduce the burger size to a “slider” portion and the price to $3-$4 a pop. This way, a typical diner could order 3-4 and if one doesn’t hit the mark, the others will compensate. I like variety and would like to experiment with more than one of your creations per sitting without sharing. Sharing gets messy, especially with your juicy burgers. Good Luck.

    pd

  • Re: Just a peek at Flip Burger Boutique
    posted by: Anonymous · February 6, 2009  10:12 PM

    I just ate there today. The “turf and earth” was amazing. Sweet potato tots ruled!! If you’re in towm, GO!

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