Burger Month 2019: DC Super Heroes Cafe’s Belly Buster Burger

Avengers: Endgame is killing it at the box office. Just a couple of weeks after being released, it’s already the second-most top grossing film of all time. On the other side of the coin, DC is still struggling to get a foothold and, while their movies are getting better, they’re still leagues behind Marvel. DC does have a saving grace: their television programs. They already have a successful animated series with their DC Animated Universe and, right now, they’re still riding high with their Arrowverse programs on the CW.

What does all of this have to do with this year’s Burger Month? Well, DC has another thing that Marvel doesn’t have. DC has their own theme restaurant, the DC Super Heroes Cafe. And they even have one of the burgers that has been featured in their CW shows: The Big Belly Burger.

For this week of Burger Month, I decided to try out DC Super Heroes Cafe’s Belly Buster Burger, which is inspired by the Big Belly Burger place, and see if this is indeed the best burgers in all the multiverse.

Before I do go through the actual review on the Belly Buster Burger, I think it’s appropriate to talk about the DC Super Heroes Cafe first. After all, it’s a rarity to see something that’s supposed to be geeky nestled in Megamall, least of all, Megamall’s Fashion Hall. Despite superheroes being a big thing these days, I wouldn’t exactly call them fashionable. Then again, Megamall’s “Fashion Hall” is just the fancy part of the mall. But the DC Super Heroes Cafe does stick out a bit because of all the large statues of superheroes and comics being displayed outside.

Is this a restaurant or a comic book store?

However, when you do step inside, it doesn’t really feel like a “geeky” place to be. Yes, there are a lot of DC paraphernalia strewn all over the place. There are POP! figurines and comics all in glass cases. They also blast advertisements for their Arrowverse programs and DC movies. The problem is the place feel a little too sterile and elegant for it to be a place for geeks to hang out comfortably. It’s more museum than comic book store. It’s a nice place, for sure, but it’s just too fancy, especially if it’s trying for a cafe/comic book store vibe.

But I didn’t go to the DC Super Heroes Cafe to talk about the decor. I went here to go check out the Belly Buster Burger! In the Arrowverse shows, the characters make it seem like the best burger ever. I forgot who, but I vividly remember one of them stating that Big Belly Burger makes the best burgers no matter what Earth you go to. And I do have to say that the description of the Belly Buster Burger does make it sound like it is. It’s a 1/3 pound angus beef patty in a brioche bun with cheddar cheese, lettuce and their “awesome sauce” whatever that is.

When I ordered the Belly Buster Burger, I forgot to ask if it came with fries because the menu didn’t state if it did. Thankfully, it turns out every burger does come with a side of french fries. The Belly Buster Burger does look visually impressive. It looked rather large and thick. The french fries came in a ceramic container, which just felt weird. I also could’ve done away with the superfluous plastic clear arrow in the burger. I get it’s inspired by the Arrowverse but that’s laying it on a little too thick.

Waiter, someone shot at my Belly Buster Burger with an arrow.

I also got to mention like my previous entry in this year’s Burger Month, DC Super Heroes Cafe’s fries came with two dipping sauces and they also just so happened to be ketchup and some kind of tartar sauce. Did this become a thing while I wasn’t looking? But these sauces are different and I’ll explain later. I just wanted to point out that this is beginning to be a pattern.

Once I took out the broken arrow of the burger (really, it’s annoying), I took a big bite out of the Belly Buster Burger. And you know what? It was really good! Much better than I anticipated, in all honesty! The meat patty was still full of flavor but wasn’t dripping in fat. It was pretty amazing that they managed to assemble such a tasty beef patty but didn’t drip down with meat juices. Everything was still tidy when I devoured the thing; no mess but it was still incredibly good.

The arrow is poking at my camera…

The bun itself was nicely toasted. The outside was firm yet the inside was still very soft. The cheese was also really good and came off as rich but never overpowering the beef.

I do have a couple of niggling complaints about the Belly Buster Burger, though. The lettuce could have been thinner. What I mean by that is that the lettuce were clumped together in parts and it was distracting when I bit into these areas. It’s almost like they didn’t break apart the lettuce and just left the leaves all bunched together when they served the burger. Also, I was incredibly curious about this “awesome sauce” the menu mentioned. But I couldn’t find any real trace of what this “awesome sauce” was. On the other hand, it was for the best as, with the Belly Buster Burger, the star of show is definitely the beef, which is the way it should be.

Let’s now move to the “sidekicks,” so to speak. The french fries, unfortunately, weren’t anything super, pardon the pun. They were essentially really large potato wedges. They were deep fried and seasoned well so the insides were nice and soft. The problem is the outsides weren’t crispy.

Eating the french fries with two sauces were actually a pleasant experience, however. The ketchup wasn’t your regular processed ketchup that you’d find in the supermarket. It tasted fresh and I would probably guess the folks at DC Super Heroes Cafe make their own ketchup! Yes, it was smooth but much more chunky than the one you would find in bottles. The tartar sauce was good but there was just a tad too much pickle flavor to be excellent. Even so, I liked the tartar sauce slightly more than the homemade ketchup.

I do find the ceramic fries container weird. I don’t like the idea of it breaking.

So, is the Belly Buster Burger the best burger in all the multiverse? Well, I can certainly see why the people from the Arrowverse think so. Not going to lie, this burger surprised me with how good it was. It might even crack somewhere on the top of my list of good burgers. However, the Belly Buster Burger comes at a steep price which can be a turn off. I still do recommend going to DC Super Heroes Cafe and trying out the Belly Buster Burger, though. If you like burgers and you like comic books, you kind of owe it to yourself to try it.

Have you tried DC Super Heroes Cafe’s Belly Buster Burger? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!

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