Close to perfection!?
The truth and nothing but the truth
Life is unfair. People living around the Kollwitzplatz on Schwäbisch Pregnancy Hill, sometimes known as Prenzlauer Berg, are already looking much better than the average Berliner. Their kids are more talented, their neighborhood looks polished and shiny, and their houses have been renovated mainly by city subsidies, at the expense of tax payers.
And in recent years all their money has also attracted some of the best burger joints in the city, making it almost the epicentre of burgerworld. The pulled pork of Hirsch & Eber (best fries in town), the overestimated Bun Bao, the underestimated Asian joint Fräulein Kimchi. And we recently discovered Grindhouse, a name that probably refers to grinding the meat for the patty, but which is also a classic cult movie genre, with a lot of violent bloodshed. There is no trace of that bloodshed in the interior, unfortunately.
The interior was a bit cold and impersonal anyway. And the waitresses were Berlin-typical unorganized, but Berlin-untypical friendly (and a real treat for the eye, according to the #SecretGayGuy). But the fact that the service wasn’t atrocious was already an accomplishment in itself, as we unfortunately know from many past experiences. Because in Berlin, the customers are there to serve the personnel of course, not the other way round.
That was a long story, dude. Ze burgers?!
Yes, sorry, we got distracted. We even had to wait almost half an hour for the burgers, which was close to the tolerable pain point. But goddamn… the American Crispy was close to perfection. A small stream of fat was leaking on our plate, and the first bite learned us why: This was as juicy as it should be, with an excellent homemade sauce to make the whole experience even better. Not too dry, not too juicy, and of course way too fat and unhealthy. That’s the way a burger should taste like.
The only point of critique might be the price, because more than 11 euro is a lot. But even the more standard burger we tried was very good. And you can always leave out the fries, which were okay but average. The pommes remain a weak point in the Berlin burgerworld, a side product which doesn’t get the attention it deserves. So let’s give it one last shot: Just go down the road to Hirsch & Eber and try the ‘thyme sea salt’ fries… go!
Famous last words?
Well, we don’t necessarily do ‘the best’ or a ‘top-3’. But let’s just say Grindhouse would be a very good candidate for every list we compile. We could even pay by card. In Berlin! Verrückt!
- Price: Burger 8-14€ // Pommes 2,90€
- Address: Kollwitzstraße 50, 10405 Prenzlauerberg
- Website: http://www.grindhouseburgers.de/
- Our ratings:
- Burger: 9 / 10
- Fries: 8 / 10
- Atmosphere: 6,5 / 10