The Bad Boys Have Arrived: The Burgery in McKinley Hill

An exciting food adventure awaits carnivores in McKinley Hill as two burger joints are set out to open this year. Zark’s Burger, famous for its humongous Tombstone, is replacing Stackers Burger Café from its spot in the Venice Piazza. The other one, The Burgery, has opened on the last week of April in the foodie strip, Tuscany.

With a menu dominated by an extensive burger selection and accompanied by other American favorites, The Burgery has its sights on being an all-around comfort food provider for the hungry yuppies of McKinley. And while it inhabits the rather pricey restaurant strip, The Burgery offers food that are comparably easy on the pocket.

A casual ambience greets diners upon entering—a venue for hearty group dinners or for some late-night beer. Guests can choose to dine on the main area in front of the counter or have a more intimate time upstairs. As with all restaurants in Tuscany, al fresco dining is also available.
The main dining area.
One should not visit The Burgery and not indulge in one of their burger creations. From the plainest tomato-cheese-and-lettuce to the craziest burger with all the vein-popping toppings, The Burgery definitely has one for you.

Jimmy Blue Eyes, my personal choice on my first visit, is a 1/3 lb. burger with onion relish, tomato, lettuce, crumbled blue cheese, and blue cheese sauce. Ever since I tried 8 Cuts’ blue cheese burger, I’ve been craving for another one like it. The Burgery’s is quite different since the cheese was mostly in liquid form—for me, it was a bit too runny and seemed a bit diluted, but the blue cheese flavor is still there.

Jimmy Blue Eyes, P168
Bacon lovers are bound to get excited over The Executioner, a sinful meat extravaganza composed of two 1/3 lb. patties and a double serving of bacon and cheese. If all that calorie makes you think you’ll explode anytime, you can opt for its baby version, the Fat Tony: single patty, single-serving of bacon and cheese.

The Executioner, P245
The best one I’ve tasted yet was the Big Lou: a smorgasbord of garlic aioli, caramelized onions, candied bacon on top of a 2/3 lb. patty stuffed with mozzarella, Jack and cheddar cheeses. Each bite was an explosion of sweet, salty, and creamy—an irresistible combination of tastes, I would say.

Big Lou, P235
All of The Burgery’s patties are cooked well-done (their standard doneness) but you could definitely state your preference. Upgrading your meal gets you a drink and a selection between fries or potato wedges—choose your desired size and carb!

We were served FREE iced tea during our two consecutive visits! Thanks, The Burgery!
The Burgery’s The Greek pasta is purportedly one of their bestsellers—and I can understand why. This dish is a healthy, delicious concoction of spaghetti, garlic, tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese, and basil, all tossed in olive oil. It reminds me so much of Mary Grace’s Tomato and Herb pasta, with an added bonus: feta cheese! This is my favorite from The Burgery.

The Greek, P155
Fifi, which was named after me (LOL), is The Burgery’s version of the carbonara. The sauce was thick and creamy and blended nicely with the abundant squares of bacon. I just wished they didn’t sprinkle too much parmesan on top.

Fifi, P150
Diners craving for a light meal – or perhaps an accompaniment with beer – should try the Buffalo Chicken Wings. Crispy and slightly tangy, and served with what seemed like a blue cheese dip, their wings reminded me of the decadent ones from Big Daddy Jay’s.

Buffalo Chicken Wings, P195 (6 pcs.), P335 (12 pcs.)
also available in BBQ, Chili BBQ, Chili Garlic, Garlic Parmesan and Lemon Pepper
Can’t live without rice? Fret not because The Burgery also serves rice meals! Do not leave without trying the BBQ Bacon Rice: crispy bacon strips smothered with a sweet BBQ sauce, served on top of a 1/3 lb. patty and a mountain of herbed rice. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this!

BBQ Bacon Rice, P140
I don’t really know, but The Burgery seems to have harbored a special fondness for bacon and cheese. Just look at the Crispy Chili Garlic Bacon – deep-fried strips of evil served with a sweet-and-spicy sauce – and the 3-Cheese Rice: burger and rice with a creamy cheese sauce. Delightfully sinful, yes? Believe me, even their herbed rice tastes so good.

Crispy Chili Garlic Bacon, P148
3-Cheese Rice, P135
The Burgery hops in to the buttermilk chicken fad by serving their own Buttermilk Fried Chicken Chops. A good move if you ask me, since their version is incredibly moist and crispy, and not too salty. Oh, and you must try the side serving of coleslaw!!!

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Chops, P198
For desserts, The Burgery currently only has two selections, so we tried them both. First, the Bacon Cookie Dough: freshly baked cookie, served warm, topped with vanilla ice cream and candied bacon. OMG, The Burgery executes the candied bacon thing really well!

Bacon Cookie Dough, P98
Second, the Brownie Mug: essentially a lava cake in a mug, topped with vanilla ice cream. The warm, dark chocolate inside the lava cake (or brownie, whatever) is so thick and gooey and OMG. I loved this dessert! One of the best lava cakes I’ve tasted.

Brownie Mug, P98
I haven’t tried drinking in The Burgery but this group I spotted one night seemed very happy. Currently, they serve only beer—I hope they expand the booze selection soon.

For me, The Burgery is the type of place I would automatically visit whenever I’m craving for something filling, satisfying, and delicious—whether it is a pasta dish, a burger, or something with rice. And yes, even dessert. With its extensive menu and affordable prices, The Burgery is one restaurant worthy of repeated visits. Of patronage, I would say. Yes, I think it’s currently my favorite hangout place.

The Burgery
McKinley Hill:
G/F Unit RJ-RJM Building 5, Tuscany,
McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

Paranaque Branch:
231 C. Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque City
(02) 238-2284

Facebook: TheBurgery
Twitter: @theburgery
Instagram: @theburgery
Budget: PhP150-PhP250/head

What's your favorite burger toppings? Can you finish a whole Tombstone burger?  Does The Burgery seem appealing to you? Leave a comment below!

UPDATE: As of 01 October 2014, The Burgery has been renamed as Lucky's Burgers and has redesigned its interiors to go along with its new concept.

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