What on earth is a pizza-burger?

While I was traveling the weekend before last, I saw a commercial for a food called a Dr. Oetker PizzaBurger. It was part pizza and part burger and it was entirely fascinating.

My friends, my happy friends, I have tried the PizzaBurger so you don’t have to.  I have thoughts.

Is it a pizza or is it a burger?  Which phylum of junk food does this fall into?   The box says “2 burgers,” but I think it has more pizza-like qualities than burger-like qualities.  Here, let me show you.  This is the box:

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Inside the box, there are two sleeves, each containing one “burger.”  The burger is both the top and bottom half, which you put in the oven, like so.

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After about twelve minutes at 220 Celcius, this is how it looked.  To me, this looks like two small pizzas.    There’s nothing burgerlike about them except the shape-  no meat patty, no wilted lettuce, no burgeriffic condiments.

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However, the next step is to put the two parts together with their gooey cheese bits touching.  It was roughly burger-shaped, but it was pizza-flavored.  It turns out that the bun is the one thing that’s burgerlike-  even after being baked in the oven, it’s soft and fluffy like a good hamburger bun should be.  Alas, a burger is not made by fluffy buns alone.

My opinion:  I think it’s just an interesting new form factor for pizza, and not a burger at all!

Sure was tasty, though.

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Have you ever tried a PizzaBurger?  What do you think- is it a pizza or is it a burger? 

The Grillhouse in Regensburg

I’m taking a page from the Sherbet and Sparkles playbook for this post. She sometimes writes small restaurant reviews for places she’s been to around Frankfurt and I think that’s kind of a nifty idea.

The weekend before I traveled to the US, I went with my partner-in-crime Jenny and her boyfriend Robert to The Grill House, in Regensburg.  I hadn’t heard much about this place, but I was entertained by the fact that they chose purposely to use the English spelling of house in their name.

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Inside, the walls have art that makes my ten-year-old brain giggle endlessly-  the large wall painting is clearly a cow being mounted by a horse.  The opposite wall is covered in smaller illustrations, many of which also show various forms of country western humping.  This amuses me terribly.

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The menu included some delicious sounding burgers and steaks, as well as chicken dishes.  We each got a steak- mine was the smaller filet with grilled vegetables.

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The steaks come with sauces to add flavor.  We got one of each type.  I can’t remember what they all were, but the green one was a chimichurri (heavy on the cilantro- yum!), and the bottom three were thyme, red wine, and honey-whiskey, which I thought was particularly delicious.

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All three of us demolished our steaks-  they were delicious.  The Grill House has officially moved up to be the single best steak I’ve eaten in Europe.  Anyone I’ve talked to about steak in Germany knows that this is a big deal-  German steaks tend to be less delicious than steak in the US.  This place was absolutely delicious.

The Grill House can be found at:

Prüfeninger Straße 98/
Ecke Lilienthalstresse
93049 Regensburg
Open 11am-Midnight.

For reservations, call 0941 / 38 38 6606