If you like burgers, there’s a new pop-up in town you don’t want to miss: the Cobra Burger pop-up at The Veil Brewing Co.
After seeing a pictures on our Instagram feeds of drool-worthy burgers (kudos to Robey Martin for this great shot) after the pop-up’s first installment, we decided we had to try them ourselves and oh man, were we in for a treat.
The team behind Cobra Burger has one goal: to make a burger that will knock your socks off.
The menu is simple, just burgers and fries — you won’t find anything vegetarian here. You can opt to get a junior size version of the Cobra burger with one patty, like we both did, or the full-size burger with two patties but that’s about the end of the decisions you’ll have to make when ordering here. A junior burger with fries will set you back just $10 and the standard burger with fries comes in at $13.
What’s on a Cobra burger, you ask?
Part of the allure is the mystery, but we can tell you this: Virginia-raised beef, Martin’s potato rolls, Kraft American cheese (because it’s the only cheese you should put on a burger), Cobra sauce and a few accouterments including pickled onions and homemade pickles do just the trick. The burger is smashed and cooked quickly on a flat-top and all burgers are cooked fully through (no pink). This a burger for burger purists. You’ll be hard pressed to find a classic, no frills, no fuss burger with the same attention to detail and quality that Cobra puts into its burgers.
There’s no shame in the Cobra Burger fry game, either. These fries are first pickled and then fried in beef fat. Yes, you read that right, beef fat, people! So let’s just say these aren’t your average potatoes, especially when you make good use of the Cobra sauce that comes served on the side. The fries are quite salty, in a good way, so you’re going to want to make sure you have a beer from The Veil at the ready to wash it all down.
The pop-ups are scheduled for every other Thursday at The Veil, and the next one is happening this Thursday, September 14 starting at 5 p.m. Future dates on the schedule include September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9 and November 30.
If you plan to go, get there early, because rumor has it these burgers sell out before the night is through. You’ll likely run into a line, but grab a beer and be patient, the Cobra Burger is worth waiting for.