Bourbon & Burger Co in Batavia

Yesterday Austin and I drove an hour and a half through a blizzard so we could go buy a tractor!!! For anyone who doesn’t know we recently bought a house that includes 26 acres and a farm so a tractor was definitely on the to-buy  list once we moved in. Here she is:


Feels good to know we saved and accomplished finding one that was decent. After dropping that load of cash we figured that we should keep it going by rewarding our hard work with lunch. The options in the town looked pretty dismal- I think we passed Denny’s and Applebee’s on the way. Until I pulled out my phone and found this gem: Bourbon and Burger. It’s a craft burger and beer place. I was literally blown away by the choices on the menu.


Pretty hard to read but choices included a Philly Cheesesteak burger, Buffalo Burger, “Pittsburgh Style” with coleslaw, “Garbage Plate” burger (a Rochester thing- a garbage plate usually includes some sort of meat piled with beans, mac salad, fries, and other things mixed together)..I mean the list goes on. It was just refreshing to see such a simple idea done right (as we found out when we tasted). The beer selection was impressive!


I held off though……might have had something to do with the Christmas party we attended the night before…. :-X

I chose the California Avocado Burger (arugula, onions, tomatoes, avocado & bacon) with no bun and subbed sweet potato fries (obv). They did not skimp on the fries. And they came with a side of pure maple syrup. Mmmmmmm.


Who needs a bun??? Seriously

Austin went with the “signature” Kentucky Bourbon Burger- it was marinated in bourbon, topped with BBQ sauce, bacon, onion rings, and cheese. I had a bite and it was glorious!!!!


I usually refrain from whipping out my phone and looking like a total weirdo taking pictures of everything unless a place is really good. Like I said, this burger place is such a simple idea. You can’t really go wrong. So it’s a surprise to see it in such a small town. Service was good too.I feel like whenever we go out to dinner (unless we’re home in Syracuse or in a big city that I’ve spent hours Yelping where we’re going to go) I feel like we get the WORST service and mediocre food to boot. I know running a restaurant isn’t easy, but I’ve seen enough Restaurant Impossibles to know that if you just stick with simple, good ingredients you can’t go wrong.

And as far as the miserable service….I feel like having been a waitress I know it wasn’t the greatest job in the world. But you have to WORK for your tips. I basically found out if you don’t kiss the person’s butt you might as well not go to work. Austin and I are usually cursed with terrible service because it seems as though people feel like all they have to do is show up for work and get paid and not worry about anyone else. When I go out to dinner I am spending my hard earned money and expect a decent experience. I know there are some days when you are so in the weeds everything just goes out the window, however we experience this nearly every time we go out to dinner. I can’t say I haven’t been on the other end because I was a waitress for 4 years!!!


Our waitress here, however, was excellent so we seemed to have dodged the bad service curse.

Overall a great experience! You should check it out if you’re from WNY.

Do you leave good tips no matter what?

Why do you think waitresses give bad service?

Ever been a waitress?


6 thoughts on “Bourbon & Burger Co in Batavia

  1. Diane @ Life of Di.

    I was a server on and off for a few years. Being in the weeds does stink but I would always try to let people know that I saw them and didn’t forget about them. I think it’s hard when a server barely greets the table and rarely comes back for the rest of the time you’re there. That said, I always make sure to give a tip just because I know that it’s the way a server makes their living. Maybe they are having a bad day or received bad news or they were up late with a screaming baby. I just try to assume the best – though it’s hard sometimes!
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    1. Andrea @ PencilsandPancakes Post author

      I was a hostess too for years before being a waitress. I agree it’s terrible!!

  2. Taryn

    I 100% agree about service at a restaurant. I completely understand that servers make all their money through tips. I also understand that there are circumstances that are sometimes beyond their control. I have never faulted a server for slow service (as long as I’m updated on the fact that it’s taking so long) or even getting the wrong order (as long as it’s corrected), but I do not tip well if I have a rude server.

    That restaurant is exactly my kind of place! I’ll have to keep that in mind if I’m ever in that area of NY.
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