Have you ever toyed with the idea of going vegetarian? Ever thought about leaving meat behind for a life full of greens and healthy stuff? Ok, if you are, pause, and pick up your phone. Open Instagram, go to the search bar and type in “Chomp Kitchen” and click on the account with the little burger as the icon. Ok now, scroll, scroll, keep scrolling…(I bet at this point you probably have liked a few photos). Still thinking about a meat-less life? HA! Chances are you’re looking at stacks on stacks of cheeseburger and fried chicken and considering spin kicking that salad and spitting in the face of a plant based life.
When I came across Chomp’s Instagram, I assume they quickly knew about Buns and Bites, because we liked and commented on literally all of their photos, because every.single.thing looked like it was taken straight out of Bon Appetit Magazine. They should have a disclaimer in their bio stating “Do Not Scroll down if You’re Hungry”. Imagine the happy dance we did when we finally made a reservation and got to go!? (Not very good at dancing, glad none of you saw it, it’s embarrassing).
Chomp boasts a scratch kitchen, two words that make my ears perk right up! I am such a sucker for scratch kitchens because it is like a guaranteed home-cooked style cooking. It is like comparing break & bake cookies to your grandma’s 65 year old secret choco chip recipe. AKA, a no brainer!
So naturally, we needed some Chomp style comfort food to really experience this little gem in East Bay. We started out with the House Burger; the signature succulent Chomp beef patty, smoked gouda (our favorite kind of cheese to put on any sandwich or burger), house cured bacon that was perfectly crisped, lettuce, tomato, pickles and the Chomp Sauce. Being the “House Burger”, it sets the standard for every other burger on the menu and shows that there is no room for boring or plain here.
We know they had the beef down, so we had to try out the chicken too. The Chomp Hot Chicken sandwich is a tender piece of Southern fried chicken, Chomp chicken hot sauce, buttermilk ranch, dill pickles and shredded lettuce. The flavors in held between the sesame buns here was rockin. The spice from the hot sauce and the tang from the vinegar in the dill pickles made for such a pop, and a bang when it evens out with the buttermilk ranch. It was just the right amount of spicy, and the chicken was fried to golden perfection that King Midas would approve of.
For the finale, we had The STACK. Judging by it’s name, you can probably guess what monstrous beauty is coming. A three story burger sandwich mashup that was just oozing with cheeses and sauces, daring you to bite it without a fork and knife. We recommend a napkin in the lap, as well as one tucked in the shirt collar, just for safety precautions. OK SO, resting right below the shining sesame up on the tippity top was a classic beef patty, followed by that crispy bacon, pickled jalapeños, dill pickles, and that tangy yummy Chomp sauce. On the second floor, we have the smoky pork and beef patty. Combining two types of meat into a burger adds flavor components that you just can’t get from a solo meat. American cheese, caramelized onions, and tomato jam served as in-betweeners before making it to the final stop. A fat piece of Mozambique fried chicken over the classic lettuce and tomato. If you don’t know. Mozambique sauce is a traditionally found in Portuguese cooking, comprised of garlic, Piri Piri sauce and spices, so it added a hot kick of flavor to the final layer. There was so many important components, it is hard to describe how they tasted all together. That being said, we recommend trying it for yourself.
We would like to thank the whole crew at Chomp for welcoming us in, taking great care of us, and feeling us extremely well. We certainly left feeling spoiled. We definitely can agree that the burgers, sandwiches, etc. are worth a drive to East Bay. Thank you!
Thank you to our Photographer Nigel @zoomedia and our model @a_worthy9