aA
Drama Burger’s sizzling reviews continue to pile up as high as its burgers after the Lithuanian burger chain opened its first US restaurant in Tampa, Florida.
Drama Burger Tampa
Drama Burger Tampa
© Facebook nuotr.

Tampa Bay Tribune food critic Laura Reiley welcomed the “Lithuanian invasion” saying in a review: “I welcome the invaders with open arms, despite a long-time vow to court less drama in my life. Evidently, these successful restaurateurs fell in love with the Tampa-St. Petersburg area while on vacation, smitten with our craft beer scene and our grass-fed beef. And so the Lithuanian invasion began”

But it wasn’t a burger but a housemade pastrami sandwich that most caught her attention: “The single best sandwich isn't a burger at all,” Reiley writes, “It's the thin-sliced housemade pastrami ($10.99) piled onto a glossy, soft brioche bun with a spicy house mustard-mayo, thin curls of red onion with some snap, and tangy herbal pickle slices. The meat itself is the star, the swaths soft but not stringy, with a discernible smokiness. Its preparation takes about a week, with marinating, then cold smoking, then boiling gently for days to get the texture just right.

“The second best sandwich is the burger upon which that pastrami has hitched a ride. I couldn't quite envision the successful union of ground beef and pastrami, but clearly my imagination is limited. The bounciness of the beef, the plushness of the pastrami, a little smokiness, a little juiciness — it's worth its $12.99 price tag.”

The Tampa Bay Tribune food critic was also complimentary of the ambiance of the new restaurant complimenting it on its funky décor and “cool” Lithuanian music.

She also felt the echoes of the food’s Lithuanian origins: “We tried all three potato options — skinny sweet potato, fat Belgian twice-fried planks and skinny skin-on rustic russets — and all were good. They were offered with house-made truffled ketchup and mayo just different enough that you might have a moment's reverie about what life in Vilnius is like. It feels American, but with a hard-to-place accent,”

“There are Drama dishes that some folks will shrink from (the nearly medicinal ginger caraway lemonade, the crunchy black breads sticks with a blue cheese dipper), but most of the novelties will make you wonder why other hamburger concerns don't follow suit. Still-crunchy harissa-blushed young carrots (salty, sweet, spicy) and snappy okra pods dotted with meaty bacon are perfect burger foils,” Reiley said.

If the positive reviews keep piling up, surely it can’t be long before Lithuania’s leading burger aficionados take their drama to other American cities.

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Lithuanian to open embassy in Australia

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to establish the country's embassy in Australia .

21 Venezuelan Lithuanians willing to move to Lithuania (2)

Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it's in contact with 21 Venezuelan Lithuanians...

4th Honorary Consulate opened in Australia

On 13 December, the Ambassador of Lithuania to Australia Gediminas Varvuolis opened the Honorary...

Lithuanian February 16 school in Germany picks new principle

The Lithuanian February 16 High School in Germany will be led by Rasa Weiss , board chairman of...

Nauseda vows to get back to dual citizenship issue "one way or another"

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has met with Lithuanians living in the United Kingdom and...

Top news

Vietnamese student feels happy living in Vilnius: back home I wear mask every day

Vietnamese student Tri Huynh Viet Minh from Saigon is full of curiosity. Having won a scholarship...

President proposes nine legislative initiatives for Seimas spring session

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has proposed including nine legislative initiatives into the...

Experience Lithuanian culture: Užgavėnės in Kaunas

In Lithuania, we call the holiday Užgavėnės, which can be loosely translated into ‘Before fasting...

Leader in gaming and VR platforms to undergo major expansion in Lithuania

Unity Technologies , creator of the world’s most widely used real-time development platform for...

German polymer specialist establishing microduct systems production unit in Klaipeda

REHAU , a family-owned polymer specialist with annual sales of around EUR 3.5 billion, is...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina