Sometimes when you have a hankering for a specific food, nothing else will do. I had a burger “itch” that desperately needed to be scratched, so we went in search of a local Happy Hour (HH) with a fabulous burger.
We landed at Grille 620 in Ellicott City. Their HH runs from 4-6:20 PM (the end time is a nod to their name) Monday through Friday, and Sunday from 3 PM to close. HH is only served in the bar area. We’ve been here a few times before when they used to extend their HH menu to their outdoor seating–which was lovely on a warm evening when there’s live music across the street. But no longer. If you want their HH menu, you must sit in the bar area. If you’re toting children, you may be able to score one of the few banquette tables in the bar; but those usually fill up first.
Grille 620 has a very nice HH menu with a diverse bar menu of $8 dishes, $1 oysters, and lots of drink specials and discounts. I ordered a hard cider; hubs ordered the house cabernet. It’s hard to find $1 oysters around here and their raw bar has been reputable in the past, so I ordered up a half dozen of the Chincoteagues. Fresh, briny, and good to the last slurp.
Of course, we still had a burger hankering to satisfy, so we ordered their $8 burger: aged white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled red onion, chipotle aioli; accompanied by hand-cut garlic parmesan fries. This was the two-fisted handful that I was yearning for. Perfectly cooked medium rare, flavorful and juicy beef. Craving satisfied. Mission accomplished. (And then some.)
Dessert was a fresh, but simple fruit tart. After a burger like that, I needed something sweet and light. Hubs had their brownie sundae, which featured two (yes, two) fudgy brownies. He needed no help polishing that off all by himself. I can also recommend their house made sweet milk panna cotta and their chocolate chip bread pudding with limoncello sauce.
So apparently Grille 620 does a nice brunch too. That will have to be on our next visit, dear readers.
Where do you go for your burger hankerings? Where should we go next?