Last week, Matt and I had the opportunity to enjoy a They Might Be Giants concert at Hard Rock Live over at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk. I know, we strayed from our home of WDW! While there are several options for table service dining, Hard Rock Cafe Orlando was our best option since it was right next to the concert hall. We kicked off our evening with a couple of beers while we checked out the menu.
After a few minutes, we both decided we were in the mood for burgers (although the Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta for $10.50 sounded delicious). Matt kept it simple by ordering The Big Cheese Burger ($14.95), which is topped with three thick slices of your choice of cheeses: American, Monterrey Jack, Cheddar, or Swiss. He chose American. Also, burgers are garnished with lettuce, red onions, tomato, pickles, and served with seasoned fries. He also asked for mayo on the side.
I believe he ordered his burger medium, but however he ordered it, it was cooked to his request. He enjoyed the burger and was a fan of the fries. The burger proved to be very filling.
Being a huge fan of barbecue sauce, I chose the Hickory BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger. It’s basted with Hard Rock’s special Hickory Bar-B-Que sauce and smothered with caramelized onions. It’s then topped with crisp seasoned bacon and melted cheddar cheese.
There was definitely a thick layer of cheddar on the burger, and while I typically like evenly melted cheese, I didn’t mind that it wasn’t the case this time. The cheddar could have easily broken and become grainy, unlike a processed cheese.
The onions were in fact caramelized, not just sweated down until they were soft. The natural sweetness of the onion came through, and it mixed well with the smokiness of the barbecue sauce.
While we took a few bites of the burger with bread, we did decide to nix most of the roll for a lower carb meal. We did feel there was a decent bread-to-filling ratio, for those who want to enjoy the entire burger. The bread held up to the extra toppings on my burger, which is very important.
And check out my rare burger below. Delicious!
We enjoyed our dinner and were fueled for the upcoming concert. We don’t venture over to Universal much at all, so it was an interesting change of pace for us. We were both impressed by Hard Rock Cafe’s burgers, and the bartenders were tentative without making us feel rushed. It was a great evening, and we would definitely go back.
Hard Rock Cafe can be found all over the world, and the only other one that I’ve visited is the one in Boston, and that was around 15 years ago. I have visited the one here in Orlando on several occasions, but it has been a few years since the last time. It seems to have gotten better food-wise than from what I recall, too.
Have you been to the one here in Orlando, or any of the other locations? How was your experience?