Black Jack’s Pub

Downtown Jefferson, NC has all the art without the hipsters and honking horns. It did have organics and family values, all shops close at 5 and none are open on a Sunday. You have a limited choice of dining options, 2 of which cover the bar and grille genre. Black Jack’s Pub claims to have the best burgers in town… we had to give them a whirl.

As you know, we like meat. And when it comes freshly ground and hand made into patties, it deserves a running for good burger. I’ll be the first to admit, I was not going in with high expectations, but…

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He had the black and bleu burger. Fresh hand patted patty stuffed with bleu cheese and Romanian spices, grilled to a juicy pink color. He omitted the standard toppings of lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo, but added bacon, naturally. The juices soaked into the soft bun. The medium rare temperature was not ideal, but he loved it. The bleu cheese thankfully did not over power any of the important flavors. ($11 with bacon)

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I had the black jack burger. The same perfectly seasoned patty without being stuffed with cheese. It was topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, mild pepper jack cheese and pineapple. I took off the fatty mayo. Typically the burger gets lost amongst my pile of toppings, but this patty stood tall and left good flavors in our mouth on the way back to the cabin. ($9)

No shortcuts on food prep were left out. They were slicing their own fries along with getting those patties perfect. If you do not like the food, you get it free. I wouldn’t plan on experiencing that policy, as those burgers were hard not to love. The service was personable and the owner made sure to check on his guests.

**If you want to consider their reuban (it looked amazing). Their corned beef is sliced on site, topped with melted cheese, homemade sauerkraut and even homemade dressing. As he explained it, I considered taking one for a midnight snack as some other patrons have done. But, the burger had me already busting at the seams.

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