1409 R Street/ Sacramento Airport
It's usually not fair to base your opinion of a restaurant on their airport outpost, but in this case, I was pleasantly surprised.
Burgers and Brew is a Sacramento tradition, as most everyone loves burgers and everyone loves beer. Taken together, they are truly a match made in heaven.
I decided on a classic jalapeno bacon cheeseburger. I did skip fries, however, because I was flying up to Portland next, and I had lots of eating to do there upon arrival.
The Niman Ranch appplewood smoked bacon was awesome, crispy, and satisfying. The combination of marinated jalapenos and fresh jalapeno mayo was perfect. The acidic tang from the marinated version paired perfectly with the hot bite of fresh peppers tempered with creamy mayo.
The patty itself came out nicely medium, and the toppings were quite fresh.
This was not your typical airport food. I was a big fan, and especially because I was able to grab it from a takeout counter instead of going through the whole sit-down experience.