How I Met Your Mother has McLarens (for another 8 hours as I’m writing this on the day of the series finale), Friends had Central Perk and Cheers had, well, Cheers. I’m not a big drinker and can’t stand smokey places, so I am not so plugged into the bar scene.
Everyone needs a favorite watering hole, though. Mine is The Immigrant. The staff seems like a tight knit family and they are all so friendly. I have no qualms going there on my own and chilling out.
But who am I kidding? The people are great, but it’s the burger that sucks me in. The competition may be weak in Brno, but The Immigrant runs away with the “Best Burger Belt” here. Eventually I’ll write a top ten burger article, but I needed to get the word out on this one right away.
The burger beats out all challengers in the three most important categories: meat (great quality, good grind, cooked right), bun (custom made brioche) and fries (hearty steak fries). The veggies are always fresh and crisp. The bacon is not the best I’ve had, but it’s pretty good. I’m not a huge fan of cheese on a burger, yet I enjoyed the cheddar as well. I’m also a fan of the dipping/burger sauces; I always go for the American (ketchup/mayonnaise mix).
Given the fact that it’s a bar with a postage-stamp size kitchen, it is surprising they are not a one trick pony. They have great wings and a decent pulled pork sandwich. No fried cheese and pickled sausage here. Traditional American bar-food rules the day at The Immigrant. They also have a fantastic brunch on weekends. Great brunch burger, huevos ranchos and British breakfast plates.
The Immigrant is great, but it isn’t perfect. I found their meatballs to be bland and didn’t like their tomato soup (it was thicker than a bolognese sauce). But they deliver where it counts. They also have great cider or a nice pint of Guinness to wash it down. The beer price is a bit high, but not unreasonable.
If you want the classic, no-frills bar food, no one does it better than The Immigrant. Great warm atmosphere, friendly staff (and customers) and a place foreigners (or Czechs missing their travelling days) can feel at home in. Oh yeah, and the best damn burger in Brno.