A few months after I landed in Riyadh in 2008, I ate at Fuddruckers Riyadh in Sahara Mall. The place was your run-off-the-mill burger joint. I wasn’t surprised of their interior’s sort-of manly appeal. Even if I was a girl, I was hungry and I eat like a man (sometimes), so I ordered their 1/2 lb burger just to test if they really serve the “the world’ greatest hamburgers.” I was disappointed. The burger patty was rather bland and I’m not one to slap condiments on my burger just to give it taste. I didn’t get to finish the burger because I didn’t like it. This is why I didn’t return for two years but that vow was broken recently. I decided to give Fuddruckers in Riyadh a second chance. Maybe they did change… And change they did!
I came from an early errand in Takhasussi when I spotted Fuddruckers again. Seeing the stand-alone branch open in the morning piqued my curiosity. I entered the sun-drenched family area and was greeted by a display of freshly baked pastries – cookies, rice krispy, fudd volcano, apple pie, and pecan pie. I began to salivate. The sight of freshly baked buns in their open kitchen also appealed to me greatly. I wanted a burger immediately but the waiter said I was quite early. They open their regular menu at 11:00 am so I was given a brunch menu instead because it was just 10:45 am. Oh man!
Since I was hungry, I chose their steak breakfast. While waiting, I looked around and saw curtains and dividers in the second floor. I made a mental note to eat in the second floor if there will be a next time. The place is airy and wide. A mini arcade is in front to entertain the kids. As usual, a shelf containing bottles of hot sauce and ketchup and huge pump containers of mustard, BBQ sauce, and melted cheese is present for their famous burgers. My order came all piled up and warm. The steak was thin yet big; too much for me. It was flavorful and oozing with (fattening) juices. Like! The accompanying hash browns which I chose to be sauteed instead of fried was mildly savory. I was one full and happy girl. The breakfast made my morning! Of course, I had to take home a burger. After all, I came for it and I waited 15 minutes for their kitchen to cook burgers. I ordered the Swiss Melt this time wary that I had to dump a lot of ketchup and hot sauce for taste if I ordered the normal burger. Well, I liked the Swiss Melt. The combination of cheese, onions, and mushrooms was just lovely and not overpowering. The burger patty was bold in flavor. The sesame-topped bun was huge! Again, I failed to finish my burger. But this time, I didn’t get to finish it because it was simply too big for me.
I will be coming back for their steaks; to check if they’re better than other steak houses in the city. In my opinion, Fuddruckers still fail to become “the world’s greatest hamburger” but the fact that I want to return, enthusiastically if I might add, is a sign that their food is now above the run-of-the-mill offerings in all of Riyadh. In my book, at least.Fuddruckers,