- Action Burger is a sci-fi, comic book, and retro-themed restaurant located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
- At Action Burger you can play thousands of games, read comics from the ’80s and ’90s, and eat like a villain or a hero.
- We tried the Nutella burger and the mac ‘n’ cheese double bacon burger.
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The following is a transcript of the video
Hey, guys! I’m Alana. And I’m Manny.
Alana: And today, we’re at Action Burger. It’s a legendary spot here in Brooklyn mainly for its food.
Manny: But it’s also a place where sci-fi and comic-book fans can come to nerd out. Now today, we’re here to try the Nutella burger
Alana: And afterwards, I’m gonna whoop Manny’s a– in some “Mario Kart.”
Manny: That’s not happening.
Alana: Oh, oh, it is.
Manny: To get started, let’s head inside and meet the owner.
Vlane: I’m Vlane Carter, co-owner to Action Burger in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. So I wanted this place to be more like a home feeling for the customers, so they feel like they’re at home. They’re having food that’s like made at home and bringing them back to their childhood in the ’80s and ’90s. So customers, when they come, they can choose to eat like a superhero or a villain. Villain food is mostly fried stuff like beef burgers and chicken and fried chicken and stuff like that. Well, the Nutella burger is interesting because how can I mix Nutella with a burger and make it work? And I thought about it in my head, I said, “OK, it has to be different.”
Alana: To make Action Burger’s delicious Nutella burger, Vlane starts with a fresh beef patty and throws it on the grill. He then takes two Belgian waffles and deep-fries them to golden perfection. After that, he cooks two pieces of bacon until they’re perfectly crispy. Add some American cheese on the burger, let it melt, and voilà!
Manny: We had the honour of adding the Nutella ourselves, and we did not hold back.
Alana: There you go. Crew: How do you think that they did? Vlane: That’s good. It’s just gonna be very sweet.
Manny: Look at that steam coming off of that burger.
Alana: First things first, fried waffle as a bun: Genius! It kinda like reminds me of a doughnut meets, like, a crossover with funnel cake ’cause you have that savoury fluff inside, but the edges are crispy and perfect. I think going into it, I was worried it was going to be too sweet, like, Nutella? Like, how’s that going to work? Is it going to throw the flavours off? But it’s just enough so it’s not overpowering.
Manny: If chicken and waffles are a plate that everyone likes, I can’t see a reason why waffles and burger wouldn’t work.
Alana: It does.
Manny: I’m going to try it out. First bite, probably one of the best burgers I’ve had.
Manny: It’s so good.
Alana: So I know this burger belongs on the villain menu, but to me, they all kinda work together as a team.
Manny: How’s that?
Alana: I think that the bun, aka the fried waffle, is definitely the superhero of this. It kind of holds the team all together. It adds complexity, adds that strength on the outside, but it has like a hidden, secret, brooding side on the inside.
Manny: Who’s the sidekick?
Alana: The sidekick of this, I would say, is the Nutella because I think that the Nutella plays off the waffle really, really well. Just like, it’s a no-brainer. Then, I don’t know if it’s a villain, maybe like an anti-hero I think is the beef patty because it’s hearty. It’s, like, firm. It’s dependable, but it adds a sort of girth to the burger that you want and that you expect when you order from the villain side of the menu.
Manny: Right. And then the actual villain of the sandwich is the amount of calories, probably.
Manny: The sandwich is evil.
Manny: The sandwich is actually evil in terms of its calorie count and because of how good it is, but I would eat this every day. This is amazing.
Alana: All right, so we just got the most-ordered burger in the restaurant. It’s the customer favourite. It’s a mac ‘n’ cheese burger. Oh, my God! And it’s covered with their Action Sauce.
Manny: So what we’re working with here is you got your bum…not your bum. All right, you got your bun on the bottom, mac ‘n’ cheese nuggets next, the burger…
Crew: Bacon. You forgot bacon.
Manny: D—. All right, here we go. Bacon, the actual burger patty, more mac ‘n’ cheese…
Vlane: Double bacon.
Alana: Double bacon!
Vlane: There’s four pieces of bacon in there.
Manny: More mac ‘n’ cheese, Action Sauce, and then the top bun.
Manny: What kind of cheese?
Vlane: American cheese.
Manny: All right, I got it this time… What we’re working with here is the bun, the mac ‘n’ cheese nuggets, double bacon, mac ‘n’ cheese, American cheese, and Action Sauce.
Alana: So it’s basically like the Thanos of burgers. After trying the burgers, we had to play some games. And, of course, we started with “Mario Kart.” It’s telling me, “You’re going the wrong way.”
Alana: It said, “Make a U-turn.”
Manny: Remember when Alana said she’d kick my a–? Yeah… Did you think this was a game? Did I tell you I was…
Alana: OK, but now I got Venom.
Manny: I’m done. I’m done! I had to do it to you.
Alana: Anyway, we also tried the WTF Arcade with Vlane. I like this game ’cause I can’t die.
Vlane: Well, you die, you just…unlimited credits. You just push the button for credits.
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