All-beef patty, toasted bun, lettuce, tomato and cheese — that pretty much sums up the burger experience in burger-crazed Tucson.
But the soon-to-open Cayton’s Burger Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Dove, Mountain Resort hopes to kick the burger business in its brioche bun with a menu that adds gourmet flashes and dashes to the classic American burger experience.
Starting with the foie gras option called the "Not in California": For $12, you can add 2 ounces of seared foie gras to any burger, from the $11 turkey burger dressed up with black bean spread and avocado to the $13 double burger slicked with grain mustard aioli and topped by smoked gouda cheese and beer braised onions.
“We are going to take the standard American classic burger to a new level and really roll out some gourmet style burgers,” said Shaun Beucler, who manages the upscale hotel and oversees food and beverage operations.
Beucler admits the Ritz is jumping on the burger bandwagon: “We feel there is a kind of explosion of burgers done on a gourmet level. We feel there is appeal to it,” he said.
But the Ritz being the Ritz, simply adding a fancy cheese or rustic roll to prime ground beef isn’t gourmet enough. The bistro’s menu includes an ahi tuna burger smeared with a black garlic soy aioli and sesame seeds; salmon dressed in a roasted red bell pepper relish and lemon chive yogurt; and buffalo meat paired with Oaxaca cheese, guacamole and cilantro mayonnaise.
Cayton's also will specialize in $6 shakes that take their nods from the classic root beer float to the Arnold Palmer, that marries green tea ice cream and lemon ice cream.
The Burger Bistro, 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive in Marana, is set to open Feb. 1.
Read the full story in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.