After checking out newly opened Fultummy’s sandwiches in Red Hook, we headed west to Crown Heights to check out Dutch Boy Burger.
The recent addition to Franklin Avenue is connected to Franklin Park–the bar and the burger joint linked by a hallway. The restaurant is named after the paint company that once occupied the space, and the old Dutch Boy sign adorns one wall. This afternoon, the small space was packed.
The menu offers five distinct burgers: a basic with lettuce, tomato and onion; another with Maytag blue cheese and bacon; the Dutch Boy burger with cheddar, crimini mushrooms, and caramelized onion; a lamb burger with feta and mint; and a veggie burger.
The Dutch Boy burger costs $8.50 and is made with seven ounces of ground brisket and short rib from Los Paisanos butcher in Carroll Gardens, plus a substantial slick of sharp orange cheese and a slithery pile of the caramelized onion and mushrooms.
Although the burger was ordered medium-rare, it arrived much closer to medium, barely pink through the center. It’s a thinnish patty, no more than a half-inch thick, easy to overcook. On the other hand, the meat was nicely seasoned, and its wide surface area sported nice char, almost crisp around the edges. The sesame-seeded brioche bun held up well and contributed considerable charm to the whole. Overall, a good, quality burger not a great one, although it might seem like the best burger in the city after a few pints at Franklin Park. (Or one of Dutch Boy’s bourbon-spiked milkshakes.)
766 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn