As I have stated before, I’m not typically a fan of build-your-own concepts, because I sort of feel like it’s the restaurants job to come up with interesting combinations. Otherwise I could just make it myself. But since it was their way or no gozleme ( hey that rhymes!), I shelved my principles and started pointing at everything like a kid in a candy store. Spinach, cheese, olives, hot peppers, corn, mushrooms, more spinach and more cheese… And ya know what I learned that day? I make a damn good gozleme foreman.
And to drink, they have ayran, which is a salty yogurt-based drink that goes perfect with spicy food and even perfecter on hot days. So the fact that it was both, made that ayran go down like an elixir.
I guess I’m not a “build your own burger” lover. I mean, isn’t part of what makes a restaurant great a point of view? Inventiveness? Show me what YOU can do. I know I can stick a ton of shit on a bun to suit my own palate. But when I walk into a restaurant I don’t want what I would do. I want what YOU would do. “Perspective” as Ego from Ratatouille would say.
So, Elevation scored zero points for me on the menu, per the rant above (shocker), but what about the quality of ingredients? They’re just okay. I honestly can’t say they’re any better than Shake Shack or 5 Guys or In and Out or BGR or Westchester Burger Co. And at least most of those guys bring something new to the party with an inventive burger or two… or ten.
But, with all of that said, if you happen to already be at Ridge Hill and you are jonesing for a burger, Elevation will do. Just don’t make a special trip and keep your expectations… less elevated.