Laura, a friend I met through Sara, talked up The Redhead as her neighborhood joint for stellar cheeseburgers. Since I’m ALWAYS interested in a place that has good cheeseburgers, I organized a group of people to meet there after work for some food before going out for drinks. I didn’t realize our dinner party was going to get so large (8 people!) so we had to end up waiting for quite a while. While we were waiting, we ordered some bacon peanut brittle to snack on:
Everything is better with bacon, right? Well, these peanuts were definitely good – they were slightly sweet, crunchy, roasted, and the bacon bits attached to the peanuts added a salty contrast. A perfect bar snack to go with a beer while you’re waiting for your table (especially if you end up waiting for an hour and a half!)
Since there were so many people, I decided to strategically sit next to people that were ordering a burger (so I wouldn’t have to) and have David order something else. Audrey and Lou both ordered burgers and I shared half of Audrey’s burger:
Laura was right – the burger is definitely good, especially with the strips of bacon on top of the patty. The freshly cut potato chips were really crunchy and seasoned well (I think I ate most of Audrey’s AND Lou’s). However, the waiters didn’t take into account the way Audrey wanted the burger cooked (granted, she wanted it cooked medium well, but the center was still very pink when she got it) AND the patty was significantly smaller than the bun – they need to freaking either buy smaller buns or make bigger patties!!
David ordered another popular menu item, the buttermilk fried chicken:
The fried chicken was extremely tasty (much better than the cheeseburger!) – it was crispy on the outside, really tender and juicy on the inside. The cornbread, on the other hand, was really dry and crumbly.
David and I are huge fans of grits, so I ordered the grits with shrimp and sausage:
For some reason, there was a ton of tomato sauce on the grits – I wasn’t a fan of the dish, but David really liked it. I like grits to have more of a creamy/buttery sauce but the grits at The Redhead were really watery (BOO!)
If I ever head back to The Redhead, I’d definitely go with a smaller party; the waiters weren’t very attentive and we had to practically beg for water refills (even though waiter continuously walked by our table).
A big thanks to all of the people that came:
Lou, me, Audrey, David, Sara, Larry, Laura, and Karen. (Karen and Laura live across the street from the restaurant, Audrey and I have been friends for a long time, and Lou, David, Sara, Larry, and I work together.)