BGR Burger Joint Opens Doors in South Orange

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It’s official: BGR, or Burgers Grilled Right, opened its doors at 9 W. South Orange Avenue in South Orange on December 21.

The venue is the first BGR in New Jersey. The gourmet burger chain started in Bethesda, MD in 2008 and currently has more than 20 locations, mostly in the Washington, D.C. area. The closest one to South Orange is in Yonkers, NY. BGR is frequently written up in the Washington press as one of DC’s best burgers.

How are the reviews in South Orange so far?

The South Orange Village Center Facebook page raved, “BGR looks beautiful inside and out, including the Pirates Corner wall honoring our very own Seton Hall Pirates! Stop in, taste the great burgers, salads and sandwiches, and say hi to the Sannitti family, Seton Hall alums, who have brought BGR to our Village Center. They’re open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to Midnight Thursdays through Saturdays. BGR is located at the Gateway, 9 West South Orange Avenue.”

“BGR The Burger Joint is the second national franchise, in addition to Pet Wants, to locate their first New Jersey store here in South Orange,” said Bob Zuckerman, executive director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) told Village Green back in August. “I think that’s a big deal, and says a lot about how the South Orange Village Center is becoming a real destination downtown for new, emerging businesses. I am very excited that the Sannittis and the BGR Franchise choose South Orange for their first New Jersey location, and I’m sure that they will be a great new addition to the casual dining scene for area residents, commuters and the Seton Hall community here in the Village.”

In addition to traditional beef burgers, grilled over an open flame and served with a variety of toppings, BGR offers side dishes and shakes. Some specialty items include The Wellington, a burger topped with caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms, black truffles and blue cheese; Salmon BLT, wild caught salmon over tzatziki sauce with applewood bacon, lettuce & tomato; and the Greek, ground leg of lamb, Tzatziki, feta, cucumber, red onion, lettuce and tomato.

Check out their menu here.

Read more about BGR’s philosophy here, from their website:

“At BGR, our kitchens are open for transparency into the quality food we use everyday and for customers to connect with the process. Our burgers are crafted with the highest quality beef and grilled to temperature over an open flame — not fried on a piece of stainless steel. Our bread is made for us by local bakers and delivered fresh daily. The tomatoes are the finest available and hand sliced – the way a tomato should be. It’s not fast food, its food made right.”

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