The Burger Joint on Cotham Hill used to be oh so simple. Choose a burger, choose toppings, choose sides. Wait for burger. Eat burger. Pay. Leave. You can still do that, but this is a business with an expanding plan. There is now breakfast, brunch, and – wait for it – choices of salad.
Credit where credit is due to the people behind the Burger Joint, because they can now also offer outside catering to more than 300 people, quite a jump from the restaurant which can sometimes be a bit of a squeeze.
The business may be expanding, but burgers will always remain the key component of the Burger Joint: six-ounce prime beef, Welsh lamb & mint, venison, grilled chicken, peri chicken and three veggie options.
All of these are freshly prepared on the premises (situated next to Flinty Red, a very different type of restaurant) and chosen by the novel system of ticking your selections on a small piece of paper that has always reminded me of a golf scoring card.
It’s possible to have a huge cheeseburger, chips and beer here for just over ten pounds, a few pounds less than Gourmet Burger Kitchen on Park Street which is the Burger Joint’s only real rival in Bristol.
This is a Bristol business founded by Bristol University graduate Dan Bekhradnia in August 2009, anticipating the trend for design-your-own menu eateries that are now popping up all over the place such as The Real Wrap Company and Mission Burrito.
There will always be demand for great burgers and the Burger Joint serves the best burgers in Bristol. Choose, wait, eat. It’s thankfully still that simple.
The Burger Joint, 32 Cotham Hill, Cotham Hill, Bristol. 0117 329 0887.