When I was in Orlando a few weeks back and sitting in my car with my newest prize possessions from Park Ave Cds I flipped through Orlando Weekly. I came across a write up about B&B Junction that intrigued me. B&B Junction is a farm to table Burger Joint that is committed to quality ingredients. I showed up in the afternoon and there were a few folks ahead of me which gave me time to survey the menu. The Buttermilk Battered Chicken Tenders, the Creamy Blue + Pecan-Smoked Bacon Hand Cut Fries and a 6 oz. Burger with Cheddar Cheese and Pecan-Smoked Bacon made up my order.
Chicken Strips/Tenders are one of those things I see on a menu and am instantly drawn to ordering. In this case, the word Buttermilk had me sold from the minute I read it. The Tenders were nice and crispy like a great piece of Fried Chicken and were served with a side of Bourbon Barbecue Sauce for dipping. The Bourbon Barbecue was made better just because it wasn’t that usual dense liquid most BBQ sauces are like. It was great for wringing every last drop out of the little container it was served in but bad for my shirt which suffered some color integrity.
The Hand Cut Fries was the first thing I polished off. They were right on point and had the right amount of Blue Cheese to keep it great without becoming repugnant. The pieces of Pecan-Bacon had sunk to the bottom but it ended up making a nice surprise when I got to the last tier of fries.
The Burger can be cooked to order Pink or No Pink. I asked for Pink but got No Pink which I was fine with since it was still juicy. If you take a good look at the picture you will see that it is a beautiful specimen of a Burger that unfortunately did not deliver on its potential. It lacked something…what exactly? I did not know but I swore I would return, this must have been a mishap of sorts.
I forgot to mention how much I loved the ice at B&B Junction.
Two weeks later I found myself in Orlando again and decided that I needed to revisit B&B Junction. Very much like last time I had the Buttermilk Battered Chicken Tenders first. Just as I was about to dig into them I noticed something. They appeared to be in a spelling formation. It was a LOST-like conspiracy on my part to try and figure it out. I lasted all of about 15 to 20 seconds before I decided it was more important that I eat the Tenders before they get cold. Take a good look, let me know if you can decode the chicken. And for the record, they were still very good.
The Fries with Blue Cheese were great last time so I thought maybe I should change it up by getting the Chili con Papas. Chili (Turkey, White Beans), Jalapeño Relish and Cheddar Cheese topped the Fries. I’m not a White Bean fanatic but within the confines of a Turkey Chili, they work well. I really dug the Jalapeño Relish but the Chili overwhelmed the Fries. It didn’t help that I ordered “For The Table” instead of “For One” like I did with the Creamy Blue+Pecan-Smoked Bacon Fries. Yes I know, I’m well aware it was excessive.
This time around I ordered the Bison Burger cooked Pink with Pecan-Smoked Bacon, Aged Cheddar, and Caramelized Onion Jam. And it was…….
….so good, so very good to be quite honest. It was Pink, it was juicy and it was mucho excellente. I know this is the Burger I’m having next time or I’ll try adding the Ghost Chili Cheese or the Roasted Poblano-Bacon Jam or maybe even the Sriracha Aioli. It seems like the possibilities are endless.
See For Yourself:
B&B Junction is CLOSED
2103 West Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL.