Chef Jarrod Gass and Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer co-owner Jason Bell are making burger dreams come true at 4 Vanderhorst St. Pub Fare is a pop-up that offers cheeseburgers, fries, cheese sauce, and sometimes wings in the Kudu courtyard. Bell says he thought about bringing a kitchen to Kudu, so Gass with a flat top grill and a fryer is a step to being able to offer heartier fare to patrons quaffing local brews.
The beacon of Pub Fare is Gass’ burger. It’s two thin patties, seared on a flat top, with American cheese, thinly sliced white onion, special sauce, and sour pickles on a Martin’s potato roll. It’s comparable to a Shake Shack burger, but minus the tomato and lettuce, and better meat quality.
Gass, who currently works behind the bar at Leon’s Oyster Shop, says he made this creation for family meals when he worked at Xiao Bao Biscuit and Kiawah Resort. “This is a burger I can eat all the time,” he says, “I want people to think they want to eat another one. I don’t want it to be overwhelming. I think all the flavors are there — fat, acid, and salt. It’s simple and satisfying.”
Pub Fare pops up at Kudu on Mondays, and has other dates at the Brew Cellar and House of Brews — for the latest events, check its Facebook page.