Don't Skip This Burger
You can walk down a few block street of Oak Street in New Orleans and find almost any type of cuisine your little heart desires. But if you pass by Tru Burger, you're missing a great experience.
With fresh ground in house quality beef, a choice of meat or veggie patties plus occasional special offerings and Zweigle Beef Hot Dogs, Tru Burger has a lot going for it in a city (now) rich in quality burger offerings. Until this raft of new burger places openings, locals favored a pitiful outlet on the east border of the Quarter, whose real claim to fame was serving an oversized baked potato (WTF?) with their burgers. Never impressive, IMHO.
I went to Tru in search of a Zweigle, as I have had them at the source. (They are from Rochester, New York). I lived with a vegetarian woman in Paris, and we visited her home town in upstate New York, and she insisted on having mom get and prepare the local favorite Zweigle White Hot, a white hot dog in a natural casing. They were also available at a local joint where I lived in Portland, Oregon, and they make a high quality dog.
Alas, the only dog option at Tru Burger was a skinless, and I'm a natural casing snob, so I ordered a burger. It took awhile to cook, but that's OK. Burgers are served with "Tru Sauce", pickles and raw onion.
When I am trying a new place (to me), I go with "as plain as possible" to get a true feeling for the individual ingredients. At Tru, you can add American, Swiss or Cheddar for 50 cents (I wish pimento cheese, a local favorite, was an option), as well as other condiments. The pickles are bread and butter, and I'm not really a fan, (preferring dill), but I know folks in the south like B&B pickles for the sweet factor.
Additional options include a fried egg, sausage patty, bacon, avocado and chili. Rest of the menu is over here ..... no, there, here.
Tru is one of several places in New Orleans buying burger meat from Creekstone Farms, a Kansas beef purveyor, who I think now makes the finest burger meat in all the land.
New Orleans has a number of great burger places now, and Tru deserves a spot on that list. If you're a visitor to the Crescent City, take the St Charles street car from the Quarter to Oak Street, and walk a few steps towards the river to hit the Tru.
Tru Burger in New Orleans, LA
order up front
After eating at this place, I can now say I have eaten at every burger joint in Nola. When I walked in, it kind of reminded me of summer camp with all the brown and yellow themed decorations. The outside patio looked very nice. I had called in my order from their online menu and thought there weren’t many choices but when I got there, I saw they had all these specials on the walls. dang it!
My burger came with 2 thin meat patties, cheddar cheese, smoked applewood bacon, caramelized onion and tru sauce. The tru sauce is a unique mixture of steak sauce, soy sauce, and a bunch of other unique flavors. I really liked the flavor of the caramelized onions on this (it was one of the dominant flavors). But in terms of overall burger excellence, I’d rank Cowbell and the Company Burger above this burger experience.
fresh cut french fries
The french fries came out with chili and cheese on top. The chili had a very smokey salty flavor to it. The fries were doused in grease and oil. Not great.
The strawberry milkshake was probably my favorite thing here. I liked that someone thought of the small details like getting wide-mouthed straws for milkshakes so that the chunks of strawberry could get through. This was the perfect drink for a hot summer day!
Overall: Truburger is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. This restaurant received three out of five stars rated by 153 reviewers. Truburger does not offer delivery and does offer take out. They do not have outdoor seating and do not accept reservations. They do accept credit cards. They offer street and bike parking and are wheelchair accessible.
Food: Truburger is a restaurant that offers a variety of burgers and American cuisines. Many reviewers enjoyed the variety of burgers, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, milkshakes malts, and the french fries that are offered here, these were highly recommended by many diners. Some diners found the food to be mediocre in comparison to similar dishes they had consumed elsewhere. Most diners found the prices to be reasonable. This restaurant does not serve alcohol.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Truburger was noted to be casual and comfortable. It is good for groups and is good for children. It has an average noise level and casual attire. Diners did note that the establishment is family friendly and has a classic diner feel.
Service: The service at Truburger was rated by many patrons as friendly and efficient. Most diners said that the service was relaxed and never rushed and that the servers were very attentive and helpful.