The Hungry Man Eats

Dinner: Glory Days Grill

The Glory Burger

As the Hungry Man approaches his late 30’s it’s not every day that he has a chance to stumble across something he has not consumed before. Fugu? No. Haggis, don’t think so… Durian? I doubt you have enough money on you to even pay me to try that.

Now let’s digress briefly, I bet you that 99% of the time, the next food or meal that you are about to eat, you have had before, possibly hundreds of times before. That bowl of cereal you just poured yourself, how old were you when you first poured yourself a bowl of it, or were so young that you had it poured for you? Only once in your life can you learn that Grape Nuts contain neither grapes nor nuts, and that filling the bowl to the top with Grape Nuts will leave you with a full stomach and a half eaten bowl of Grape Nuts.

Perhaps it’s Tuesday, so it must be pork chops, as it has been for the past 30 years of your life since you married the lady whose mom always cooked pork chops on Tuesday, whose mom always cooked pork chops on Tuesday…

Sooooooo how does that relate to the Glory Days Grill and that delicious picture at the top? Well per their website, that is what they call The Glory Burger: “Our fresh seasoned and grilled burger, zesty BBQ sauce, fried onion straws, bacon and cheddar cheese. Topped with a fried egg.” So here’s something new…I’ve had lots of burgers, but this one was the first one with a fried egg as one of the ingredients.

Besides the novelty of the burger, the restaurant was a new one for me as well, it is a 20 restaurant chain with locations in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. They are a casual dining sports bar restaurant. Think of a cross between Applebees and Buffalo Wild Wings, with a focus on the sports aspects of both. It struck me as a surprisingly affordable place to eat with entrees priced from $6.99-$17.99 with lots of good looking dishes on the lower end of that range.

My friends and I decided to order a batch of 12 wings for an appetizer, half with the hot buffalo wing sauce and half with the medium wing sauce. Both were good, the medium wing sauce was very traditional and rather buttery tasting, the hot wing sauce had some real bite, with pickled jalapeno slices draped menacingly over the wings just daring you to eat them.

My friends split a Caesar side salad and a half rack or ribs, which is usually 6 ribs, but their rack had just 5. Must have been short ribs… (oh I kid, they were baby back ribs) The salad and cornbread on the side were reported as delicious, but the sauce on the ribs was not that flavorful.

My burger? Even without the fried egg it would have been delicious, but somehow the egg added a whole extra level of unexpected deliciousness. It was a well behaved egg, it was cooked well enough that the yolk was firm with no undesired runniness. The cheddar cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, onion and egg all came together really well with their flavors cooperating in a way I would not have expected. This burger made it into my top 5 restaurant burgers on its first attempt.

Would the Hungry Man come here again? Very much so, the prices were right and the food was good, and for a sports bar kind of restaurant it was not too noisy.

Hungry Man Eats Score: 80/100

The Glory Burger Assembled


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