The hubby and I lived downtown during our time in Richmond and would pass this new restaurant during it's building phase (or renovating phase) and was looking forward to patroning once it opened. Too bad that we moved so close to when it finally did.
When it was suggested by Courtney that we go there, I was excited to try this new burger joint out. After all, deluxe burgers are having their moment and for good reason too. They are delicious and besides, who doesn't love sitting down to enjoy a fat laden meal instead of driving by a window?
Station 2 is housed in a historic firehouse in downtown Richmond with all the bells and whistles of a laid back yet upscale burger joint.
There is a bar in the back that is pouring some amazing brews and a menu chock full of almost every hamburger that one could dream of. They also were blaring my type of music. It was like a soundtrack from my favorite radio station on Sirius/XM, Alt Nation. I basically sang along to just about every song.
Did I also mention those sweet potato tater tots? Ryan had turned me on to the idea of them before we even got there, telling me all about them after she checked out the menu online. Needless to say, I literally had tater tots dancing through my head.
Besides, who doesn't love tater tots? Even Napoleon Dynamite loved them so much that he squished them into his pockets and decided to share!
Okay, I do love tater tots, but say it with me, "Ewwww..." Yeah, I don't think I would like them out of someone's pocket either.
Once we arrived, I noticed that for their appetizers they had a "Beer Cheese" which was a dip that consisted of puréed veggies with cheddar, lager and came complete with pretzel bread pieces for dipping. I immediately ordered it as it was the end of October and I was in the mood for some Oktoberfest type dishes.
Courtney ordered the Potato Shingles which is basically huge pieces of potatoes (or a glorified potato wedge) that have been fried and came with a garlic aioli sauce for dipping.
The Beer Cheese was absolutely fabulous and paired very nicely with a Pumpkin IPA (India Pale Ale) that I had ordered. When they brought out the Beer Cheese, there wasn't much pretzel bread that came with it, however our server was happy to bring more out when we requested.
As for the Potato Shingles, they were good. However, I don't know if I would order them again. I think the one item on the description that stood out the most was "garlic aioli". Otherwise, it just tasted like your average potato wedge. Good, but nothing to get excited about.
It took me a while to finally be able to choose which type of hamburger I was going to go for. Although there were many great options to choose from, I decided to go with a classic. Their griddle-pressed burgers which was a 3.5 ounce burger that came with lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles. I opted to make it a double (who's counting calories today?) and topped with a slice of cheddar cheese.
Station 2 seems to take great pride in their hamburgers. They are after all a hamburger joint. On their menu, it states that their burgers are char-grilled to order (funny, our server never asked me how I like my burger. Thank goodness it actually came out medium-rare which I love) and it is served on top of a bun that has been baked by the local bakery: Lucille's.
For me, the burger missed the mark. While I ate it and reveled at the fact that I was eating a big hunk of meat, the meat was under seasoned (or not seasoned at all) and the bun did not taste fresh to me and had a very dry mouth feel. This was obviously not the type of burger that I had enjoyed at Flip Burger of Richard Blaise fame.
The star of the night, was those sweet potato tots. Crunchy little pieces of sweet heaven. I actually found myself preferring the appetizers and side dishes over the main show, which would be the hamburger. My husband also agreed with me about the burger being under seasoned and the bun tasting a bit stale as I had brought him a hamburger home along with fries for dinner.
Sweet Potato Tots
By the time that I had eaten here (the end of October), Station 2 had only been open for close to three months. I'm hoping that they are still just working out some kinks within the kitchen and within their service.
While our server was friendly, she would disappear for a period of time and even asked if we wanted to switch tables when Courtney had spilled her milkshake because they were really busy and she didn't have time to wipe it up but that she wanted to make sure that we had a clean table (this was as we were about to leave).
At the time, I thought they were truly busy (as many of the seats were full) however, once I went outside to take a conference call, I noticed her chatting it up with other servers in the back. Busy indeed.
However, even with all these kinks, I would go back. For me the atmosphere, mixed in with great beers on tap and that amazing beer cheese, is enough for me.