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Ahhh, the good ol’ days of enjoying a burger, fries, and a shake!  But those days are not gone forever, at least not on Bonaire!  Enter BLT Burger center-stage!

Whenever a new restaurant opens on Bonaire, it’s always fun to go and try it out and see what is offered! The experience is heightened when the new restaurant offers a tasting menu on the evening of their official opening.

Thursday, April 26th, BLT Burger officially opened their doors with a fantastic tasting menu, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try out this new restaurant.

BLT Burger offers popular starters, salads, burgers (of course!) and luscious milkshakes.

BLT Burger is now happily ensconced poolside at the Courtyard by Marriott Dive Resort, just a minute’s drive away from Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport, and still very convenient to anyone staying in Kralendijk or at the southern resorts or villas.

One of my favorite things about tasting menus is you have the opportunity to taste-test a variety of menu items, so it’s easy to find your favorites. I found my favorites with the starters, burgers, and shakes we tested, but in looking at the menu, I fear I shall have to return to try a few more items. There might be something which I like even more!

The tasting menu.

Our opening night tasting menu consisted of a platter of four bites from the selection of starters: Mozzarella cheese stick, chili with cornbread, Buffalo chicken, and Pigs in a Blanket. Our burger menu was a half Classic Burger and a half Buffalo Chicken Burger. For “dessert” we sipped on three different mini-shakes.

The starters.

As my dining companion is a cheese aficionado, he went straight to the fried Mozzarella stick. After devouring his, he attempted to confiscate mine as well, but I was able to fend him off with my dinner knife.

I, on the other hand, went right for the chili and cornbread. Now, I make a mean bowl of chili myself, so do not take it lightly when I say this chili is seriously good! The depth of flavor was so delicious, I asked–twice–what spices were in it, but unfortunately, lips were sealed. There was a Blue Cheese sauce for dipping the Buffalo chicken, and the Pigs in Blanket bites were sausages wrapped in a pastry.

Our favorites?

For me, the chili and cornbread definitely hit a home run, while my dining companion was mad I wouldn’t let him consume my cheese stick, so I guess it’s safe to say the Mozzarella stick was his favorite.

The wait staff is friendly and efficient.
The starter tasting menu consisted of bites of four different appetizers.

The burgers.

On our tasting menu, we received two half burgers to try–The Classic and the Buffalo Chicken Burger. Putting the size of these two burgers together easily showed how generous the portions are. What we found really nice was the bun was soft, with sesame seeds, and it didn’t overpower the burger; instead, it complemented it.  Burgers are served with a scoop of home-made coleslaw.

Additional sides are available, and we had the opportunity to try out both fries and onion rings. Perfectly done onion rings are rare, as they can come with too much breading, or too greasy, but these were just right, with a nice breading with lots of taste! The fries were fine, as well, but personally, I really enjoyed the onion rings.

When our server asked which were our favorites, it took me a moment to decide, but I ultimately went with the Buffalo Chicken Burger, as I really liked the fresh avocado and Blue cheese that melded all the flavors together. My dining companion agreed.

 

Here's a bright idea!

Stop by for a shake and order of onion rings to satisfy those after-dive munchies!

 

The milkshakes.

Served as a dessert, our three tasting milkshakes included Mocha Mudslide, Berry Me, and Rocky Road, all served with whipped cream on top.  I started with the Mocha Mudslide, and it went down easily.  I found it would be a great companion to any of the burgers. I next went to Rocky Road, which, with chocolate ice cream, brownie, and almonds, was much more like a dessert.  I would have one of these at the end of my meal!  Or, as the “bright idea” above suggests, with an order of onion rings.

My dining companion raved about the Berry Me shake, so we actually had to admit that all three were excellent.  However, in looking over the menu, I might have to return to try out the Monkey Business–chocolate ice cream, peanut butter, and bananas! Although we had mini-shakes to try out, I was told that the regular sized portions are large.  It’s not a problem to share a shake, just let your server know.

Luscious milkshakes are topped with whipped cream.

Oh, there ARE salads!

BLT Burger realizes that not everyone wants to indulge in calories, or they might prefer a lighter meal. There’s a nice selection of dinner-sized salads, including Caesar (plain, or with grilled chicken or grilled shrimp), Asian chicken salad, grilled chicken salad, or an all veggie salad. We were advised in advance that these salads are meal-sized, so don’t plan to order one as a side dish!

About the menu.

The menu is nice with some creativity worked into it. All beef burgers are 100% Angus beef, made up of a mix of sirloin, short rib, chuck, and brisket cuts, and served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles. Additional toppings, including a variety of cheeses, are available. Prices average about $12.00 per burger, starters run from $6.00 to $12.00.  Salads run an average of $14.00, depending upon which is ordered, and sides–a variety of fries or onion rings–average $4.00.  There is actually a dessert menu–although I think the shakes can already serve as dessert–for those who want to indulge; options average about $4.00. A kids menu includes chicken fingers, skinny fries, and a soft drink for $8.00.

Milkshakes average about $8.00, but spiked shakes come in at about $12.00.  Of course, there is a full complement of cocktails, soft drinks, and wine or beer.

About BLT Burger.

BLT Burger is open seven days a week.  Lunch is served from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 PM.  Dinner is served from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM.  Walk-ins are fine, but if you wish to make a reservation, call the resort at +599-715-2222. For a complimentary golf cart shuttle to the restaurant, stop and inquire at the resort’s reception.  They will have you at your table in a jiffy!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)


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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


 

 

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