Thursday, January 7, 2016

BB Junction Review (Closed)

As of Sept. 13, 2016 BB Junction has closed.

While back in Orlando over the winter holidays, my family decided to check out an Orlando Magic home game while I was in town. We all used to follow the team closely back when they made a couple runs in the Playoffs, but my interest in them has died out as the team has floundered and I have lived out of state.

Knowing that allergy-friendly options at the Amway Arena were slim to none, I suggested that we eat at BB Junction, a farm-to-table burger restaurant that has been on my "to-try" list for awhile now. With a menu focused on customization and a good gluten-free review from Edible Orlando Magazine (click here), I knew the cozy Winter Park spot would be a good pre-game choice to please every member of my family. 

The menu at BB Junction is expansive with plenty of burger and sandwich options for all palates. Gluten-free sandwich bread and buns, both from DeLand Bakery are available for a $1.50 upcharge, as well as a bun-less or lettuce wrap options for those who want to skip bread altogether. 

What's really cool about the menu at BB Junction is that the ingredients- from the meat to the veggies- are locally sourced. I love BB Junction's focus on keeping it local and making their menu transparent.



When I stepped up to order, the woman who helped us asked if it was celiac or just a preference. Confirming that mine was an allergy order, she made sure the kitchen was aware that precautions needed to be taken to ensure mine was safe. While not a dedicated kitchen, I was impressed with her willingness to go above and beyond to make sure my food was safe.

Other gluten-free menu notes include that gluten-free and vegan desserts are available. They are made by Valhalla Bakery, a local vegan bakery, and selection does vary. The cute chocolate cupcakes in the case the day I visited looked simply divine. Elsewhere on the menu, do not order fries if you are celiac or cross contamination sensitive because they are fried in a shared fryer.



Because fries were off limits, I ordered a side salad. The vegetable medley of lettuce, radish, onion, and peppers was fresh and flavorful, and accented by green goddess dressing. The dressing is gluten and dairy-free. The dressing was cool and creamy and was an unexpected surprise as I normally do not like non-vinigarette dressings.



For my entree, I ordered the classic and simple burger with a turkey burger. Not too fancy, the burger came topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion and BB Junction's special sauce. I loved the freshness of the vegetables and the turkey patty, which had onion in it. The DeLand bun was soft and supportive of the rather thick patty. I was impressed by how well the burger held together, given that most gluten-free breads succumb to sogginess and crumble into a messy disaster. BB Junction's burger was the real deal, and won me over easily. 



The Fairbanks location was once previously 4 River's original smokehouse (for those who've been in Orlando awhile). I like how BB Junction has made the space their own with a cute patio area and fun decor inside the small building. The place definitely has a local feel to it, and the staff couldn't have been nicer in answering all of my questions. 



Overall, I really liked BB Junction. I love the focus on real, fresh foods and abundance of gluten-free offerings. My family often laughs that Orlando is home to the $10 hamburger with so many high end burger places, but I am more than willing to fork over a Hamilton for the top quality burgers BB Junction serves up. Besides, the meal was a perfect stop before heading to the Amway Center, where gluten-free offerings are practically nonexistent. 


The Basics

Address: 2103 W. Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: bbjunction.com
Cuisine: Farm-to-Table, American, Burgers, Sandwiches
Ideal For: Lunch, Dinner
Price: See menu prices online (click here)
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Special Features: Join their loyalty program to earn points towards free food! (click here)

Disclaimer: This review is based upon the information I have at the time of the review and does not reflect changes in ingredients or availability of items. Please contact the restaurant directly for up-to-date information and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I was not compensated for this review and it is a reflection of my personal opinion.

B&B Junction Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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