I love a good burger, so when a few friends reached out to me recently about this intoxicating new burger with a croissant bun, I made it my business to go check it out. The burger, or rather, Le Burger, is the prized menu item from The Croissanterie food truck.
“The feedback has been fantastic. We’ve had comparisons to some great local burgers and a few people have said it’s one of the best they have ever had,” says co-owner Wendy Schay.
With the exception of the bun, the Le Burger is a classic burger, featuring local Jidona Farms beef, along with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, and mustard. Truth be told, I was a bit hesitant about the bun. Would it be too rich? Would it be too flakey and fall apart upon consumption? The answer: Not at all. The bun held together nicely, with just a bit of firmness that helped it stand up to the substantial ingredients. And while the bun was a winner, it was the beef that vaulted this burger above most of the competition. Schay, along with co-owner Jill McDonald, add a little house rub to the patty and send it straight to the flat top in a ball. Once the crust starts to form, they give the meat a smash and cook it to a perfect medium. The beef is impressive and so too is the story behind how Schay found the farm from where it came.
“It was fate finding Jidona Farms. We needed a circle drive put in at our house to park our food truck, so we reached out to several local small businesses for quotes. Jimmy Black Excavating was one of them. When Jimmy’s daughter received our message, she told him that we had a food truck and that he needed to call us back. Jimmy and his crew came out and did an excellent job.” She continues, “He brought us some jerky to try and told us all about his family and beef business at JidonaFarms in Mayflower. He explained the blood lines of his stock, how they are grass fed, then grain finished, and that nothing is added to his products during processing. He invited us out to his place in Mayflower to see what all he had to offer. It was beautiful meat, well marbled, cared for, great selection, and fair prices.”
And the partnership was formed.
“Buying local and supporting small family businesses is very important to us, so the fact that we could shake the man’s hand that is raising the cows, can see the cows grazing in the pasture,and then processed at Cypress Valley–all in Arkansas–made it an easy decision to partner with Jidona Farms. It’s truly farm-to-table, or truck, if you will. We got lucky finding a great product and Jidona Farms.”
From the taste of things, I think we’re the lucky ones. Go to The Croissanterie’s social media to follow where they’ll be and what’s on the menu, besides the Le Burger.