National Burger Day takes place once every year, but when we were contacted by Coast to Coast, an American restaurant and bar, we were excited to hear they were hosting an entire Burger Appreciation Week!
Not wanting to miss out on the celebrations of all things burger, we decided to make our way to the restaurant in Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays (there are over 20 other branches in the UK which you can find here) with a £30 voucher*.
We’d both been to Coast to Coast before, but had visited the restaurant in Brighton after a long couple of days at a conference. Surprisingly we didn’t have burgers then, so we were keen to see how they compared to those at other American inspired restaurant chains.
The menu was broken down into ‘old favourites’ and ‘new discoveries’. We both picked something from the classic half of the menu; Sean had a chilli cheese burger, and I chose the buffalo blue burger.
We didn’t quite have the appetite for the double burger… as you can see, it’s quite a beast!
Our waiter let us know which beers were on tap, so we ordered a couple we hadn’t tried before. I had the Blue Moon with a slice of orange, which turned out to be really drinkable with a slight tang and sweet taste, and Sean had a pint of Goose Island IPA.
It took around 15 minutes for the burgers to arrive; the portion sizes looked much more manageable than the double burger!
Sean’s chilli cheese burger was topped with streaky bacon and homemade chilli cheese sauce. It was served with fries and slaw; not a bad price for £13.95 on the everyday menu. The burger itself was a 7oz beef patty, which is made from 100% farm assured, grass-fed beef.
The bun was one of the things that Sean enjoyed the most – it was toasted sourdough, and it kept the components of the burger together without the bun getting too soggy.
My buffalo blue burger had the same patty and bun, but my special ingredients were melted blue cheese and hot Buffalo sauce. Also for £13.95, it’s a reasonable price when served with fries and slaw. Despite some of the Buffalo sauce dribbling on to the bun, it still kept its structure as I ate the whole thing with my hands.
I usually prefer a pinker patty, and these burgers were served well done, but they’re very family friendly (maybe not with Buffalo sauce mind you!). Saying that, we both enjoyed the fillings we had, and thought that the slaw on the side was also incredibly tasty.
When I visit again in the future, I think I’d try the roadside sliders for £15.95. You get three mini burgers served in brioche buns with a side of fries and red slaw. Interestingly, two of the three are what we ordered here, but you also get a BBQ pulled pork slider too.
Coast to Coast is a welcome addition to the other restaurants found at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, and I’d definitely go back for another meal in the future thanks to the wide selection on the menu, as well as the incredibly friendly staff!
Coast to Coast can be found at Boulevard Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ. This review took place on 21/08/16 and most of the cost of our meal was covered by Cult LDN.
Coast to Coast is running their Burger Appreciation Week from Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th August, with most burgers at a special offer price of £9.95. On National Burger Day itself on the 25th August 2016, you can double up your double for no extra cost (yikes!).
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