The burger concept from Parasole-the restaurateurs behind Manny's, Salut, and Chino Latino, among others-anchors the east end of the Calhoun Commons shopping mall and has made the former Applebee's space more modern and appealing, with its black-and-orange color scheme and sleek-looking bar. Parasole has a reputation for brash, cheeky humor and bold decor, but except for a Chuck Close-style image of a burger-eating man on the wall-depicting a rather unappetizing thicket of arm hair-the restaurateur's signature kitsch seems somewhat toned down. The Burger Jones team visited the country's best burger joints before deciding on their meat's signature mix-a blend of chuck, brisket, and hanger steak that comes out a little chewy, with a robust, beefy flavor. The buns resemble a dense, eggy challah, sprinkled with sesame seeds on top. And while the menu lists all the usual suspects, such as bacon-cheddar and mushroom-Swiss, someone in your group will inevitably order the White Trash Burger, topped with fried cheese curds, Velveeta, and chicken-fried bacon. The burgers are good and the salted caramel malt is better, but none of it is worth waiting two hours.
Full Bar, Lunch, Outdoor Dining, Reservations Not Accepted, Takeout