Restaurant Talk: Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House

It is a little embarrassing that Goodfriend has been open for over a year now, and I just tried it for the first time last week, not that I haven’t tried before.

But editor Emily Toman featured Goodfriend in the July Advocate, and I discovered they have a burger called the “Redneck.” From the menu description: Beef burger with crispy Rudolph’s bologna, Redneck cheddar, red onion, lettuce and Miracle Whip. It’s a burger with fried bologna. Rudolph’s bologna. So I made it my mission to get this bologna burger in my belly.

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When I ordered this, the server asked, “Medium OK?” Normally, I would order my burger bloody, but something about the slight embarrassment of uttering, “I’d like the redneck burger, please,” and the fact that she and I both knew I was there for the fried bologna, prompted me to just say “OK.” So as appealing and secretly shameful/awesome as a bologna burger sounded, the actual meal didn’t do much for me. I would rather just have a fried bologna sandwich, which I knew how to make at home before I learned long division. Next time, I will order the “Loretta,” which comes with blue cheese and onion-bacon jam. Mmmm. Onion-bacon jam.

We also ordered fries, which don’t already come with the burgers. One order is plenty for two people, but we were a threesome, so we should’ve ordered two.

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The burger cost $10.50; the Ommegang Rare Vos draft cost $6; and the fries cost $7. Goodfriend is a cool place to hang out in the neighborhood, they have a wide beer selection and the food is tasty.

Owners Matt Tobin and Josh Yingling say they opened Goodfriend because they saw a need for young families in the neighborhood to have a place to hang out. Tobin and Yingling also have plans to open a to-go beer and sandwich shop across Peavy from Goodfriend.

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  • Squared

    There are great burger joints that do not charge near that price.  I’ve been to Goodfriends, but I’ve never eaten there.  It’s going to cost $30 to feed my wife and I and that’s if I drink water.  These $7 fries are made from potatoes, correct?  Or are they special spuds to warrant $7?

  • Jaycee

    If you want to spend $7-10 per person for burgers, fries, and drinks in a family-friendly atmosphere, Whataburger is always an option. Goodfriend’s burgers are extraordinary and the beer selection unparalleled. Those aspects combined with great service and atmosphere make Goodfriend worth every penny.

  • hmm

    Kind of expensive for what it is. Your price range of $7-10 in the article is misleading, as a burger, a side, and a beer will set you back $20 before tip. Not really worth it, IMO. 

  • Kevin

    These people are doing the Lord’s work.