Huntington's hipster burger joint, The Peddler, is back to flipping patties -- with extra cool ingredients.
The Peddler, along with Backyard Pizza, went up in flames a few years ago but has recently reopened -- much to the pleasure of locals. And me.
The Peddler is a cool place, with an arcade upstairs and game-themed decor. It's also supposed to be opening a brewery, Cootie Brown Brewing Company, in the near future.
After playing a few games, we went downstairs to browse a menu and order some burgers. The menu features some really tasty-sounding one like the "Big Texas" with beef patty, brisket, blueberry BBQ, cheddar, onion strings and candied jalapeno. Then, there's the "El Camino" with beef patty, housemade pimento cheese, tomato, field greens and aioli. I ultimately went with the "Brass Monkey," which has a beef patty, sliced banana, smoked applewood bacon, cream cheese and Thai peanut sauce. A friend got the duck fat fries, which I was more than happy to try.
This burger, as crazy as it sounds, was so flipping good. I had never had cream cheese on a burger, but I don't know if I ever want to have another burger without it. The banana and Thai peanut sauce were a perfect flavor combo -- plus the salty bacon gave a nice crisp bite.
The duck fat fries didn't do a ton for me; they tasted kinda like regular fries? But, they're not bad. Fries are fries.
I really liked this burger place. I love the creative burgers, especially the one I ordered, and the idea of an arcade + brewery is great. I could see myself spending an evening there -- if it were just a bit closer.