Woodchuck’s Cafe (Tallahassee, FL) Review
By William Kristoph
Ding. Ding. Ding. In the Battle of Tallahassee Burgers, the winner, and NEW heavyweight champion of Tallahassee, Woodchuck’s Cafe!
Okay, so maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but unless something drastic changes I know who is getting my vote for the best burger in town when the 2013 TFBA awards roll around. On a nasty and rainy Saturday I met up with my friend Ryan at Woodchuck’s Cafe to try out a burger which was highly recommended to me.
First up, Woodchuck’s occupies space that was formerly a laundromat in a gas station complex. For me that’s usually a good sign. The best “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants are always in a unexpected places. It’s cramped parking as is usual for the best burger places in Tallahassee, but it’s not worst. Patience is key. The inside is relatively small, but they’ve done well with seating considering the limited area they have to work.
There was a large party gathered inside Woodchuck’s. After a few minutes they had what looked like some excellent breakfast items piled high, pancakes, eggs, biscuits. It looked so good I can’t wait to go back to Woodchuck’s to try breakfast. Instead of breakfast I opted for hamburger. The Western Burger is an 8oz Black Angus beef burger with Onion Rings, Bacon and Cattleman’s Gold BBQ sauce. I opted for the fixings too, lettuce, tomato, raw onion, mustard. I figured I’d go big. I chose the fries over the potato salad and waited a few minutes for my lunch.
My order thrilled me when it arrived.
My friend Ryan took one look and said, “You’re going to have to Guy Fieri that thing and hunch over the plate.” He was right, fully assemble and squished down the burger was a challenge to eat by hand. When Ryan suggested the fork and knife, we both laughed. If you’re going to eat a burger like this, it’s worth the pain of trying to hold it in your hands. My first bite was wonderful. The burger was cooked to my specifications, the bacon was perfectly crispy and the onion rings where slathered with Cattleman’s Gold. It was huge, it was sweet, salty, crispy and melty. It was the best burger I’ve had in a long time.
If there was one downside, it was the steak fries. I’m not a fan of steak fries generally. These were cooked perfectly and I ate them, but I’d love a different fry cut. That’s a very small footnote to the whole Woodchuck’s Cafe burger experience though. I rated Woodchuck’s Cafe as a new “Favorite” on Urbanspoon and I urge you to check out a burger there and tell me it’s not the best you’ve had in town!