Here is the MAC Rib Burger. I am generally not enthusiastic about the carnival food served in restaurants. But I make an exception for this sandwich beast because everything is delicious and I can’t stop thinking about it.
I’m not going to debate whether something can technically be called a burger when it’s made with toast instead of a bun. You will need to discuss this with the chef. Just know that this monster burger / sandwich at Craft by Smoke and Fire in Anaheim is legit. It’s meant to be shared though, so you’ll want to bring a friend.
If you look at the photo, this loaf may appear to be normal white bread, thinly sliced. But the camera doesn’t always capture the scale. The bread is indeed a very sliced and buttered Texan toast. The bottom room is topped with two smash-burger beef patties and cheese, along with pickles and onion jam. The middle piece of toast is topped with a caramelized beef brisket and a slowly smoked prime rib. The top slice is topped with a southern style back sauce and a tangy barbecue sauce. The bone slides out easily, leaving you with a hell of a Dagwood. Unless you have a six-inch opening where your mouth is, you may need to remove two inches of rib meat and eat it separately with a knife and fork. Or just a fork, really. The barbecue is very tender.
This new restaurant on Anaheim’s Center Street Promenade is an offshoot of Craft & Smoke in La Habra, run by chef Isaias Hernandez. Add this burger to your bucket list. It might be a good idea to eat this right away, however, before you start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions.
Crafts by Smoke & Fire
Or: 195 W. Center St. Promenade, Anaheim
When: Lunch and dinner every day
Cost: $ 31
In line: craftbysmokeandfire.com