I have to say it isn’t often that I find myself eating out on a Monday evening – generally these are strictly reserved for PJs and an early night on the sofa with Netflix and a relatively healthy dinner. But on this particularly dreary, wet Monday evening after a long day in the office, my friend (who clearly didn’t go out at the weekend) suggested we go check out Hove’s new burger joint 7Bone Burger Co – the halo from head was quick to slip away!
7bone Burger Co describes itself as “servin’ up American comfort food classics including dry aged burgers, smokehaus BBQ, craft beers and cocktails, in a feel good speakeasy joint.”, this was enough to raise my interest and venture out into the cold.
Within seconds of being through the door I had almost forgotten the miserable evening outside. The vibe in the restaurant was relaxed, warm and extremely buzzy as a friendly waitress showed us to our table. The decor is much what is to be expected from an american style diner with neon signs and bright lights, red leather booths and vintage style prints dotted around the dark blue walls.
I felt it rude not to order a beer while we still pondered over the menu. I was delighted to see a Tropical IPA on the menu so opted for the Wild Deer Pogo, a beer featuring all of the key words that accompany my favourite ‘on trend’ tipple. My friend went straight for the cocktail menu and chose a dr polska – a sweet treat of vodka, maraschino, amaretto and coke!
The waitress came over and introduced herself by name in true American fashion. She was very friendly and helpful and talked us through the menu, helping us out with the couple of items we weren’t familiar with and explaining some of the meal deal options. I asked for some recommendations and her eyes lit up as she began reeling off various options we should go for – whilst nudging my friend to order different food so we could share, as neither of us could decide on one thing. Despite Dorigan (our lovely waitress) giving us a heads up that we may not need to order provisionals (starters), we decided to go all out (what else are you going to do on a Monday?) and ordered a portion of pork rinds and tater tots served with garlic butter and an apple & maple dip. As soon as they arrived, and after seeing the rather large main-food portions on other tables, I realised we probably had over ordered, but nevertheless the crispy, salty deep fried delights went down a dream.
Our mains followed in quick succession and Dorigan was certainly not joking about the portion sizes! We had been recommended the ‘Prince Charles is Overrated’ with a side of frickles (deep fried pickles) and the ‘One Big Chicken’ with a side of dirty fries. The food came out piping hot, served in the typical red plastic baskets you would expect in a hip burger bar. After 10 minutes of absolute silence whilst we devoured the goods – we looked up to agree quite how delicious everything was!
The ‘Prince Charles is Overrated’ beef burger was perfectly cooked to medium rare in a soft white bun, with bacon, pickles, lettuce – dripping with dirty burger sauce and melted cheese. The ‘One Big Chicken’ burger had buttermilk fried crispy chicken, hash brown, cheese, chipotle ketchup, hp sauce and mayo! We shared everything in a messy facestuffing competition, including the dirty fries topped with their signature dirty spread, lettuce and smoked bacon. But my favourite part of the meal had to be my introduction to Frickles – a sweet and sour slice of gherkin covered in a crispy-fluffy batter which I can only describe as a total mouthgasm. We topped off our indulgent dinner by treating ourselves to a couple of cheeky cocktails – My friend opted for the ‘French Bone’ which was a sweet and fruity short pink beverage. I felt I had made a winning choice with the ‘End Game’ which was a dangerously tasty concoction with ‘lots of rums’ and a velvety secret passion-fruit mix.
We could hardly move at this point and thought we had finished but one last at-tempt to get something sweet, for the journey home, we ordered two milkshakes to go. A berry freeze and a maltoreo – a delectable and gooey mix of ice cream, caramel and Oreo pieces. It wasn’t long after my visit before I started telling all my Hove pals that they have to try this place, – so what are you waiting for?
7bone Burger Co is at 120 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2EA
Words by Anya Zervudachi