Eat This: Whiskey Burger At Flying Saucer Downtown
You know them for their huge beer selection, their plate-covered walls, and their semi-outdoor seating, but now the Flying Saucer downtown is making a name for itself with….burgers.
During their remodel this spring, the Flying Saucer made some interior cosmetic improvements, but the biggest change was upgrading the kitchen and expanding the menu. My friend and I tried one of their new gourmet burgers the other day, and I was really impressed.
Upon the recommendation of Flying Saucer manager Owen, we tried the Whiskey Burger with fries. It’s one of about a dozen gourmet burgers/sandwiches offered in addition to your usual starters, hot wings, and a few salads and sides.
The Whiskey Burger is a thick beef patty served with “whiskey cheddar” cheese, candied bacon, blackberry compote, lettuce, and mustard. When we first read that description, we were afraid that sounded too sweet. But it wasn’t. It was delicious.
Also, lemme tell you about the fries. They were awesome. They say they’re hand-punched (which seems true, based on the piles of full potato sacks in clear view), perfectly crispy and well-seasoned. I ate way too many of them because I couldn’t stop.
Other things I noticed/really liked about the Saucer’s new menu:
– All of the burgers are less than $10.
– You can have any of them made with beef, turkey, chicken, or veggie patties.
– Quite a few of them are named after Memphis stuff, i.e., Sputnik Monroe and Chickasaw Bluff.
– Instead of just a beer Fire Sale every day, they’ve expanded to have a Fire Sale beer, wine, cocktail, and food special.
The day we went, the food special was meatloaf, it was only seven bucks, and it was huge.
We talked with Owen a bit more and learned that the Memphis downtown location’s Saucer is really the only one in the country to have this kind of menu…for now.
The Saucer is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily, and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Maybe I’m imagining it, but it seems like the more recent burger trends are for a thin patty with as many basic toppings as you can get, i.e., Sear Shack, Wimpy’s, Dirty Crow. I really like all of those places but sometimes I’m in the mood for a thick patty, cooked medium, that’s more juicy than greasy.
The gourmet pub burger is back, y’all, and it’s at the Flying Saucer downtown.
Flying Saucer Downtown
130 Peabody Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38103