Five years ago, New Orleans wasn’t really a burger town. Things change. Tru Burger, Cowbell, Smashburger, Charcoal, and Company Burger are all competing, just in Orleans Parish. Camellia Grill opened a second location in the French Quarter. Mid-Atlantic favorite Five Guys is coming soon to Elmwood. Now, a diner with a craving has choices.
I satisfied my bacon cheeseburger jones at Company Burger (4600 Freret St, New Orleans, LA). Thick cut Nueske’s bacon puts it over the top, though I’d prefer a more assertive cheese to the mild American used at Company Burger. Medium cut, skin-on fries ensure that the burger isn’t lonely, and counter service makes the transaction quick and food-focused.
Company Burger also offers daily changing specials, so a a non-bacon-cheeseburger-craving diner will have choices. A recent smoked pork/green onion sausage from boutique butcher Cleaver & Co, pictured at right, nestled happily beneath fried onions on a toasted roll.
If you gave up bacon cheeseburgers on Ash Wednesday, don’t fret. Throughout Lent, Company will offer daily fish sandwich specials–think griddled scallops and griddled flounder with fennel slaw.