I can't believe it took me so long to visit the Hardy Park Bistro and now that I've eaten there, I regret not going sooner. I was told and had read that they had great food, and the burger in particular was something I might appreciate. Never were truer words spoken. The rest of the menu was really tempting, but since I went there for the burger, I thought it might be a good idea to stick to my plan.
I've had a few good burgers in my time, but the HPB burger is the best one I've had in well over a year. My hat's off to you, Philip Darmon, and the person at your grill. The burger was well put together and the combination of tomato chutney and fried onions really complemented the nice crust on the outside of my perfectly-cooked medium-rare patty. The bun itself was almost substantial enough to handle all the juices that came off the burger and went into my fries. (Mmm. Beef fat fries.) The fries were hand-cut and done properly--they were crisp enough that I wouldn't be surprised if they had been subjected to a third fry.
Frans, my server, was on top of my needs even though he was waiting on tables outdoors as well as mine indoors.
The Hardy Park Bistro is worth a 30-mile drive to get to, for the burger alone. I'll update my review when I've tried more of their menu.
With twelve meals here, I've sampled much of the regular menu at HPB. (I'd probably have tried everything by now if I didn't order the burger every second visit.) I love how they keep the menu so simple and offer such interesting specials. Sometimes dishes don't work as well on the plate as they do in prose, but HPB absolutely nails it nine out of ten times. The menu is spot on and the service has been excellent with only two exceptions in recent memory.
- the HPB burger
- the pork chop
- the pork belly sandwich
- the BLT
- any fish special