The latest addition to New Orleans' restaurant scene is a highly-anticipated burger joint: Company Burger, by chef Adam Biderman, opened yesterday.
New Orleans-born Biderman left the Crescent City for Atlanta, were he worked under Linton Hopkins as the opening chef de cuisine at Holeman & Finch Public House. Holeman & Finch is widely regarded as Atlanta's premier gastropub (and a favorite target for thieves), being named the Best Overall Restaurant in Atlanta, the Best Burger in America by Alton Brown, and one of the top 25 burgers in America by Food & Wine. Biderman, "instrumental in making the Holeman burger the mythical being it is today," brings that sort of style and sensibility to New Orleans with Company Burger. People here are psyched.
More recently, Biderman was at Donald Link's fine dining restaurant, Herbsaint, before leaving to open his own operation. As at Holeman & Finch, Company Burger use naturally-raised, freshly ground beef and freshly baked buns made specifically for Biderman.
For his new burger concept Biderman chose a stretch of Freret Street that just five years ago was home to more vacant lots and vagrants than restaurants. Now that same stretch of Freret Street - uptown, just a few blocks off St Charles Avenue - is home to a number of the city's brightest stars in dining and nightlife. The area is quickly becoming a destination for those looking for good food and drink in the city. Now they can get a damn good burger and some beer there, too.
·Company Burger opening caps a Summer of Hamburgers in New Orleans [TP]
·The Company Burger [Official Site]