9664 West Linebaugh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33626
On the good advice of my coworker Derrick my family ventured out to Westchase to try Burger 21 on a sunny Tampa afternoon. My first impression upon walking in was that Burger 21 was going for a classy-‘Five Guys Burgers.’ There is a roped off queue to wait in if the restaurant happens to be that busy. In the queue there are copies of the menu. After my initial perusal I was surprised to find very reasonable prices (burgers started around $5) despite having many colorful samich choices.
When ordering you step up to a fast food style Register, spit your order and take a seat. Before you take your rest while waiting for your grub, they hand you a number that you place into a metal stand so that the servers can steer your eats to the right table. Derrick advised us that we had to try the milkshakes, so the milkshakes we tried. Dan and I split a strawberry milkshake and my parents ordered a chocolate peanut butter shake. I ended up ordering a Shrimp Burger Po’Boy and Dan ordered the Black and Bleu Slider 4 Pack. While biding my time for the food I decided to use the head. Below you can see some pics of their clean bathrooms:
On the way back I saw that they have a number of dipping sauces you can choose from. I took the Thai Ketchup, the Ragin’ Cajun, and the Chipotle Mayo. (The Ragin’ Cajun and Chipotle Mayo were virtually indistinguishable from each other. I also wished the Thai Ketchup had some more kick to it.)
When I came back the shakes had arrived. The strawberry shake was delicious. I could probably just eat one of those for a meal. I tried my Mom’s chocolate peanut butter shake and it caused me to reconsider the shake I had chosen. If you like Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups then you need to give that shake a shot.
Above you can see my Mom pulling off a good suburban cowboy impression. I don’t think anyone can wear a jean jacket with a red-colored scarf without pulling this comparison. Any cigarette smokers out there? If so, you should snap a picture wearing a jean jacket and a red scarf, smoking a cigarette (if you have a cowboy hat that would be great) and I will post it on the site.
My Dad ordered the above burger. I don’t have any insight into how it tasted but it looked quite edible.
Dan and I split the Po’Boy and the Sliders. Anyone familiar with Fish Sticks should find the Shrimp Po’Boy in good standing, although it is far more refined in its execution. The sautéed veggies and the sauce complimented the Po’Boy very well. One thing to note, this really isn’t a Po’Boy. A traditional Po’Boy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Po’_boy) comes in a sub/hoagie bun and is usually loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, a pickle, and fried fish or shrimp. I’ve never really seen Po’Boys offered in Michigan restaurants which is frankly a shame. Despite the Shrimp Po’Boy not really being a Po’Boy, it was still delicious.
The Black and Bleu sliders really stood out to me. They did a great job of getting the salt worked well into the burgers, but the they used a Bleu Cheese dressing and not actual crumbled Bleu Cheese. I would gladly order these again. Dan ordered a side of fries which, to use my mother’s words, ‘were very fresh.’ These were virtually shoe-string fries and they were well made.
Burger 21 had a solid atmosphere and served up some good food. Considering I ate the food in great company the experience earned a Rating: .
Matt in Tampa