Richmond, VA- Travel to any major city in the U.S. and you’re bound to hear about the local favorite burger joint in town. Relocating to the Richmond area, and having a love affair with burgers, I was on a mission to find where the best ones are. One evening, a broadcast on our local ABC affiliate station aired a “Best in Richmond” news special. The timing of this couldn’t have been better! They covered everything re: where to enjoy the best brunch, best BBQ, best cupcakes and more in the Richmond metro area. Being a new resident, I was taking notes so that I could eventually visit these restaurants/merchants. Then luckily for me, they covered “best burgers”- so now I introduce you to Burger Bach.
Burger Bach (pronounced ‘batch’- slang for vacation home), owned by Michael Ripp, is a New Zealand inspired gastro pub that serves gourmet burgers and a variety of craft beers on tap. So what’s the relevance of New Zealand to these famous burgers? Burger Bach receives their meat (lamb, chicken and beef) fresh from Silver Fern Farm where the livestock is raised free range with no steroids, antibiotics, or hormones. The seafood (fish and shrimp) is caught in the wild, not artificially farm raised.
I went to Burger Bach for the first time back in November. The menu is overwhelming- but in the best way possible. So many types of burgers to choose from, but ultimately I decided on the “The Original” beef burger (pictured)- onion, cheddar cheese, uncured bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Absolutely delicious- and I loved that the burger wasn’t huge, just the right sized portion without leaving me uncomfortably full. Oh, and what pairs well with a burger than french fries? I have to admit, these were some of the best tasting fries I’ve ever had- fresh hand cut Idaho potatoes cooked in 100% peanut oil. Plus, there is a variety of dipping sauces (for those who think outside the ketchup box) that pair very nicely with the fries. My favorite sauce so far is the Basil Pesto Aioli- but I still have many more to try. Sadly, I’m not a beer drinker- so sampling their selection on tap wasn’t an option. However, I am hooked to their homemade lemonades- they have a couple of varieties. I enjoyed the lemon/limeade and the strawberry-lemonade (both pictured) and I couldn’t have been more pleased.
As of now, Burger Bach is my personal favorite in Richmond when it comes to burgers and fries. There are currently two locations in town- the original location in Carytown and the newest addition in Shortpump. Do not be surprised if you see a location popping up in a city near you- giving your current favorite burger joint a run for their money. Just after one visit, you will be saying, “I’ll be bach!”
Carytown location: 10 South Thompson St. Richmond, VA 23221
Shortpump/West Broad Village location: 2225 Old Brick Rd. Glen Allen, VA 23060