Having won BOTB (Battle of the Burger) for five consecutive years, many would say that Lola Jeans deserve a patty on the back for their contribution to the toon’s burger scene.
But do their burgers really live up to the hype? And how does their 2019 ‘Battle of the Burger’ dish compare to their older burgers?
On Wednesday night, I was very kindly invited along to their city centre branch to try their burger menu. Out of pure selfishness (definitely not greed or excitement), I accepted their offer as a means of answering the burger-based questions every Geordie wonders. So, without much further ado – read on to uncover my honest opinion of the North Easts most hyped burgers.
First Impressions of Lola Jeans
You may have only tried one of their burgers at BOTB or the Hawker’s Market. If this is the case, then you’re missing out on the full Lola Jeans experience. As a first impression, the restaurant is full of character. You should expect lots of exposed bricks, fancy chandeliers and their famous floor-to-wall mural, which you’ll no doubt photograph for the ‘gram. It’s all a bit mismatched – especially the furniture – but it works and feels super cosy rather than cluttered.
Also, I would like to point out that the furniture is hand-picked by the owner’s wife. As I’m all for supporting independent businesses and hearing the sentiment behind them, I loved discovering this and thought I would pass it on. I was also informed that ‘Lola’ is the name of their first-born – which also brought me a lot of joy.
Another thing that made me smile was the atmosphere. It’s super chill – which is a hard vibe to pull off considering it’s always busy. Actually, if you look around, you’ll no doubt see a dozen people in their early stages of dating. I think Lola’s is a classic choice for a first date. So if you’re a nosey little Nancy like me, and like to people watch, then I’d definitely recommend heading here. You could even play the grand old game of trying to work out. Surely I’m not the only one who plays this, right?
Are Lola Jeans Burgers Really Worth the Hype?
Now for the creme de la creme of the review: the grub! I’m actually a regular of Lola Jeans but always go for the same burger: the ‘Baby Got Back’. In 2016, this burger not only won BOTB but also become my favourite burger in the toon. Ironically, I reckon my countless visits to Lola Jeans for the ‘Baby Got Back’ is one of the main reasons I no longer have an itty bitty waist. But, there are no regrets.
On Wednesday night, I did, however, go against all odds (or well, just my boyfriends) and choose an alternative burger. Rather than picking my firm favourite, I decided to be very ~selfess~ for you guys reading this, and try something else. I wanted to put Lola Jean’s stature as the ‘best burger’ to the test and opted for their latest burger.
The ‘Clancy Wiggum’ consisted of two signature beef patties, American cheese, streaky bacon, an onion marmalade, Tennessee barbeque sauce, baconnaise and frazzles.
As a serious sauce connoisseur, this burger was the obvious choice with its entree of not one, not two but three sauces. Better yet, the frazzles left me feeling nostalgic and made it the obvious choice.
Thankfully, the burger lived up to my expectations. The burger was juicy and tender, and the bacon gave it a nice crisp. All in all, I wolfed it down in an embarrassingly short-while – whilst taking mini-breaks to grab a triple cooked chip. These were also spot on – soft in the middle, but with a nice jacket. All in all, the meal was divine – and definitely worth the hype. Heck, I’m even feeling swayed to stray from my beloved ‘Baby Got Back’ in the future – and try the other burgers.
I also want to mention that Lola Jeans serves platters. Although I’m too much of a burger fiend to have ever ordered one, I’ve heard nothing but good stuff about them – especially the steak platter.
Why are Lola Jeans Burgers Award-winning?
That’s right – I have the tea. At the event, I was told that every burger is made using the same cut of the beef knuckle – which nope, is not an actual knuckle but part of the underbelly. More importantly, it’s the most tender part of the cow.
Whatsmore, the fat residue is cut prior which makes, in my opinion, makes it a leaner piece of meat than Chris Hemsworth in Thor. (My observation but Lola Jeans might also agree.)
Next, they brine the beef in a salt and sugar mix for 24 hours – which is what gives the burger the famous succulent and juicy flavour, without the need of fat.
Lastly, they make and mince all of the burgers in-house before salt-baeing a seasoning specific to each burger. Basically, it’s an art-form.
Where Can I Find Lola Jeans?
Interested in trying the best burgers in Newcastle first-hand? The city centre branch, where I visited, can be found between 1-3 Market Street (NE1 6JE), which is only a minute’s walk from the Theatre Royal.
Opening times are as follows:
- Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
- Friday – Sunday: 12:00pm – 1:00 am
Or alternatively, if you’re at the coast, you could their Tynemouth venue. This is actually my go-to branch as I often head to Lola Jeans as a treat after a long walk along the coast-line.
This branch can be found at The Arcade, Front Street.
Opening times are as follows:
- Monday – Thursday: 11:30pm – 12:00 am
- Friday – Sunday: 11:30pm – 1:00 am
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Lorna at Lola Jeans not only for the invite but also for being a lovely host. I also want to mention that although I was invited to Lola Jeans to try their burgers, it was in exchange for a post on social media. However, I have decided to write a blog post as I love their burgers that much.
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