Extreme Burger: Duvic’s Black and Blue

WHAT’S ON IT: Brioche bun from Forte Grove, green-leaf lettuce, purple onion, tomato, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise, bacon, Gorgonzola, half-pound burger patty. Photo by Collin Richie

When a cocktail bar dabbles in food, the results are sometimes hit-and-miss. When a serious cocktail bar puts together a serious food menu, it’s like the stars have aligned.

The Black and Blue Burger at Duvic’s Martini Bar will leave you seeing stars. It’s one of five burgers on the bar’s menu, but it’s definitely the most popular.

The half-pound patty features four different cuts of beef (owner Shane Courrege keeps the cuts a secret), ground and shaped in-house. The only seasoning is salt and pepper.

And really, that is all the extra seasoning you need on this burger. The juicy patty is smothered in rich, pungent Gorgonzola cheese, crisp bacon, all the fixings, Dijon mustard and mayo. Everything is sandwiched between a buttery Brioche bun from Plaquemine’s Forte Grove bakery.

That Gorgonzola cheese is the key, though, to stand up against Duvic’s array of popular martinis. Courrege’s favorite pairing: a classic, dry gin martini—a great combination for a great night on the town. duvicsbar.com