I’ve been sitting on a Groupon for Babs (Bao’s Awesome Burgers) for quite some time. We’ve tried to go a couple of times when it didn’t work out but this past weekend we finally made it in! Jake only had to circle us around the tiny lot once before someone left a spot that we were able to grab. I think Jake is a parking good luck charm.
For the Babs Groupon deal, we had the deal where you could get two burgers or sandwiches, plus fries and two drinks. Jake and I both opted for the iced tea which tasted like it was freshly brewed.
[canton wings / $6.49]
Originally the three of us (Jake, T and I) had decided on getting the macaroni and cheese bites… but they were out! I almost ordered one of their bao appetizers but wings kind of sounded like a good idea so we got an order of those. These are basically just fried wings without any sauce or seasoning. Kind of like salt & pepper wings… but without the good bits! The wings were just okay. They came with a side of ranch which was okay. They had a nice crispiness but there was nothing special about these.
[the b-b-beast / $9.99]
We split one sandwich and one burger between the three of us – which was plenty! The B-B-Beast is a three meat sandwich that’s piled high with pastrami, roast beef, and corned beef. We had a choice between white bread and sourdough and picked the sourdough. There’s a layer of coleslaw on the bottom plus hot french fries sandwiched in between the meats and the coleslaw.
I squished the sandwich down a little bit so I could cut it in half so we could maybe get a bite out of this sucker…
I took a photo of Jake trying to get his whole mouth around the sandwich – he couldn’t! But he sure did try.
Of the two entrees we had, this one was my favorite. The pastrami was super juicy and flavorful without being overly salty (which some pastrami can be). The layers of meat worked really well with the coleslaw and fries, melding all of the flavors together to create awesomeness! Normally I can’t stand coleslaw in my food… but somehow this worked for me. It’s a HUGE sandwich so I do highly recommend sharing with a friend (and maybe also a teenager).
[texas burger / $8.99]
All of BABS burgers are “Quicksand Burgers” – they’ve got the cheese in stuffed into the middle of the burger. Of the ones on the menu, we figured the Texas Burger would be the best one for us. There was kind of a measly amount of fries on our plate, but they were kind of boring fries anyway – just regular shoestring. They have other kinds of sides – skin on fries, sweet potato fries, waffle fries and tater tots – which we could have upgraded to for $2, but we opted to just keep it simple.
The Texas Burger comes with an onion ring, chopped bacon and BBQ sauce.
Somehow I forgot the cheese was in the middle (duh) so I tried cutting it in half and kind of made all the cheese ooze out. Oops. At least it made for a dramatic photo…
The sad face thing about this burger? Our it-is-practically-burnt bottom bun. It’s not *quite* burnt but it was SO crispy and really hard that it made it really unpleasant to eat. The burger was cooked to well done and was pretty dry. Overall this just did not work for me. I’ve read other positive reviews about their burgers though so maybe we just got a really bad one…
Our service was also kind of lacking. Our waiter asked to see the Groupon right away, redeemed it, and then took a long time to come back and take our order. It seemed like he was taking orders for everyone around us and just totally glossing us over. We had to flag him down to actually come and take our order. Also whenever we would ask him for something (more water, more napkins, etc) we would have to ask him several times before he would deliver. Not too impressive on the service.
But… Jake and I (and T) all loved the B-B-Beast so much that we would come back just for that sandwich! There’s your saving grace – the food was still mighty tasty! I’m sure we’ll be back to try another overstuffed sandwich and maybe some of their bao’s. Maybe they would like us better if we didn’t have the Groupon… oh well.
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Babs (Bao’s Awesome Burgers)
4646 Convoy St., Ste 103
San Diego, CA 92111