Today was J and my weekly date day. Normally, it would be on Tuesday, but since J’s work schedule has been hectic recently, we stole a few hours together today. We’ve both been craving burgers recently, and since we still haven’t found the perfect grill- possibly because neither of us know what we’re looking for in a grill- we can’t exactly make them ourselves. What we can do, however, is head across town to Sofa King Juicy Burger.
Sofa King is owned by the same people who own the semi-famous Chattanooga restaurant Aretha Frankenstein’s, and the connection is obvious when you see Sofa King’s onions rings, dipped in Aretha Frankenstein’s pancake batter before a trip to the deep fryer. Pre-Celiac, I had been to Aretha’s a few times. They offer a pretty solid breakfast menu, and I have to admit I was a fan. Sofa King had some pretty high standards to live up to.
When we walked in, a waitress greeted us and told us we could sit anywhere we liked. The tables are almost all lined up against a long booth bench attached to the wall, except for a few tall tables with bar chairs and a few low tables in front of sofas. The decoration is sparse- sofa posters, menu chalkboards, and stickers proclaiming some of the things Sofa King considers itself famous for.
The menu is unusual, offering classic burgers and sides alongside unique flavor combinations and intriguing appetizers, like deep-fried cauliflower. If you’re vegetarian, fear not, you can order a falafel patty or portobello mushroom instead of traditional beef.
As I perused the menu, I cursed my Celiac before ordering a “Nutty Burger” on a gluten-free bun. The Nutty burger comes topped with peanut butter and bacon along with the traditional bibb lettuce and tomato, a combination which immediately caught my eye. J chose a slightly more traditional burger, the “Awesome Burger.” His came with bibb lettuce, tomato, strawberry jam, and boursin cheese. After some gentle upselling from the waitress, when she mentioned that the french fries were in fact, gluten free, we decided on a order of plain fries as well. Rounding out the meal was a water, vanilla coke, and a “Liquid Nitrogen Milkshake.” We picked the “King Creme” flavor, which would impress Elvis with it’s combo of peanut butter and banana.
Our food came out quickly, and was piping hot. Except for the milkshake, obviously, which was thick and creamy. The milkshake texture is almost like soft-serve ice cream, which I think is perfect because I hate runny milkshakes. Some people think the thickness of the milkshake is an abomination, and they’re totally entitled to their opinion as well. (Even though they’re wrong.)
J and I were both surprised with how much we liked our burgers. The Awesome Burger lives up to it’s name. Creamy cheese, gooey jam, and traditional burger toppings crown two beef patties between a bun. It’s a messy eat, especially on the gluten-free bun, which was slightly dry. The Nutty Burger took a few bites to get used to, but I am a peanut butter fiend, so I was definitely impressed. I had never thought to combine bacon and peanut butter before, but I could definitely get used to the combination. J and I were full after our burgers, so the fries were slow eating. We were impressed with how crispy they were, and they were good even before I doused them in salt.
Sofa King is a bit pricey, with our total coming out to $21 for two burgers, and order of fries, a milkshake, and two drinks. However, it’s not unreasonable given the portion sizes and the fact that the staff was knowledgable about Celiac and gluten-free. I am willing to pay extra for safety of mind when it comes to my Celiac any day.
As you can see, J and I left full and happy. We’ll definitely be heading back to Sofa King soon. If you’re in Chattanooga and you’re craving a good burger, you can check them out too. Their menu is available on their website so you can be ready when you arrive!
Also: Aldi’s special buy this week includes a bunch of new items from their expanded gluten free line! You should all go buy their new products to convince them to make this a permanent fixture in their product line-up.