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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Quick Bites: Hom Burger Boutique & Ping Pong Lounge

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 10:20 AM

After opening for dinner July 31, Hom started serving lunch earlier this week. The ping pong bar/burger joint has been in the works for quite some time, and we were eager to check it out. The Stumphouse-designed space is sleek but comfortable with exposed brick walls, bouncy orange benches, and a long bar. Art from local artists like Marius Valdes adorn the walls. The ping-pong tables — there are just two of them — are set up in the back room along with a few bar tables.

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On the menu, the drinks caught our eye first, with affordable options like the British Ginvasion (cucumber infused gin and tonic, $6), Ren & Stumpy (house infused strawberry vodka and lemonade, $6), and the BLT Bloody Mary (homemade bloody mary mix and bacon infused vodka, $6).

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Then we turned our attention to the food. There are seven beef burgers and six specialty selections (black bean, turkey, tofu, falafel, lamb, and "the fist" a.k.a. pork and beef meatball). The Southern (fried green tomato, pimento cheese, chipotle ranch, red onion, b&b pickles, $9) and Hom Wrecker (apple-wood smoked bacon, pepper jack, fried egg, green tomato chutney, $9.50) both looked tempting, but we all opted for the Couch Potato ($8), a burger resting on bacon-ranch potato fries and topped with smoked onion remoulade and grilled red onions.

I opted to split my burger with a tablemate, but quickly regretted the decision. Although the patty was fat — almost round — and juicy, the burger was almost slider-sized and left me wanting more. It doesn't help that fries aren't included with the burgers, which is surprising considering the price — for close to $10, you'd think they could throw in a handful of fries. That said, the burger was delicious, and the basket of fries we ordered for $3.50, which came with two sauces, managed to feed three people.

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Hom is just one of a handful of burger joints that have opened in the last few months, but we think it will succeed as a popular nightspot because of its prime Upper King location, creative but affordable drinks, and of course, the ping pong. As for the food, if you're willing to spend around $15 on a burger and fries (with tip), they have some tasty selections.

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