ROK:BRGR dishes out burgers and beer with a modern 20’s vibe

Burger and beer joints are popping up all over town, but Rok:Brgr is the newest burger-bar on the block – or Atlantic Avenue – and they’re proud of it. Boasting about local sources and natural ingredients, I had to get a taste.

Rok:Brgr located on Atlantic and Swinton in Delray Beach | Photo by Alexis Paige

When you walk in, you’re greeted by a friendly host and a modern day 1920’s bar atmosphere. You can sit outside to experience the Ave, or inside and forget you’re in South Florida while surrounded by brick walls and black floors.

With an extensive list of craft beers, wine and spirits, you can choose to keep it casual or step it up a notch. Sticking to craft beer, my friend and I chose The Crisp, a pilsner, and Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, a wheat ale. Having never seen these names before, we were impressed with their broad selection.

Photo by Alexis Paige

Since “Quality Burgers” was in lights on the wall next to us, we resisted the comfort foods like chicken and waffles, short rib grilled cheese and a Chicago hot dog, and opted for one of their 17 unique burgers. We went with the classic “Rok:Brgr” and the unique “Bacon Jam”.

Each burger comes with your choice of side, some having an upcharge, but that’s to be expected since truffle fries aren’t on the same level as naked ones. We got the Rok:Brgr with truffle fries and the Bacon Jam with regular.

“Rok:Brgr” with truffle fries | Photo by Alexis Paige

Before we knew it our food was delivered by the chef himself — or at least someone dressed as a chef. The presentation itself is worth it just for the Instagram likes, but the tastes are there to match.

Both burgers were cooked medium rare, but they came out slightly more cooked than we were anticipating. So, if you prefer your burgers with a pink center, make sure to clarify with your waiter.

The Rok:Brgr is a take on a classic burger, but with all the right ingredients. Aged Vermont cheese, smoked pepper bacon and something that I have never seen on a burger (really on the side), was bbq sauce.

Since we played it kind of safe with the Rok:Brgr, we had to try something special too. The Bacon Jam consists of creamy brie cheese, maple bacon jam and garlic aioli. The maple bacon jam adds a nice hint of sweetness to combat the bold aioli. It winds up being a better addition than the too-salty “tomato jam” over at The Office.

As a lover of truffle fries, these were some of the best ones I ever had. They weren’t too greasy and had the perfect amount of parmesan. These two-at-a-time size fries paired deliciously with both burgers, best extra two bucks I’ve spent in awhile.

For two people, the bill came out to be around $50 dollars. We would both go back to try other burgers on the menu (we already did and highly recommend the “El Jefe”), and especially check out their lunchbox specials for lunch during the week.