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When is “another new burger joint” more than just “another new burger joint?” How about whenever that new burger joint sources its ground beef for its burgers from local vendors. Even more, this new burger joint is a contender in the chicken tender category. I’m talking about Burger 318, the newest burger joint in the 318 located at the rear of LSUA’s campus across from the basketball gym. With its 1950s retro diner aesthetic, Burger 318 is a throwback to simpler times in fast food gastronomy without all the hype and gimmicks of other fast food burger joints.
I skipped lunch today with eager anticipation for my first visit to Burger 318. I was greeted by Mike Chapoy, Director of Dining at LSUA. During our introduction, he mentioned he began his culinary adventures at the original Chimes on LSU’s campus, and I knew immediately that my taste buds were in good hands. At Burger 318 your options are burger and fries, tenders and fries, or a salad with or without chicken.
First up, I’m checking out the tenders combo … Three golden battered tenders, buttery Texas toast, fries, and the General’s dunking sauce. This may sound like the tender combo you find on most fast-food menus, however, these big boy tenders excel over the competition in size and flavor. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you I split one in half and easily turned the 3-piece combo into a 4 piece. Underneath that crunchy goodness is juicy white meat chicken fried up fresh out of a brine concocted with Louisiana’s own Cajun Nation seasoning.
The 318 burger patty as previously mentioned is a collaboration with Coastal Planes Meat Company right down the road in Eunice ensuring you get the freshest burger every time you place your order. It rests in all its glory between toasted buns and well dressed with all the fixings; mayo, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and grilled onions. Add thick cut fries and an ice-cold coke to wash it all down and the 318 burger combo is a bona fide crowd pleaser.
Under normal circumstances, the salad comes to the table first. Today though Burger 318 is emphasizing the easy on the go convenience of their salads. Served in sturdy to go containers and loaded with fresh romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and grilled chicken these hearty salads are favorites among faculty, students, and student athletes in search of a healthier option.
And, you won’t find an executive chef working the grill at most burger joints. That’s another advantage Burger 318 has over the competition Kandis Pierre holding things down in the kitchen with her white chef’s jacket ensuring recipe integrity and restaurant quality are served up with every order.
Burger 318 is open Monday – Saturday 11a-2p and 5p-8p.