Hey all! And welcome to a rather quick bite of Fantastic Feasts and Where to Find Them! Tonight we’re going to take a look at a place where–give or take a few weeks ago–the MoarPowah staff writers hung out and noshed on some good food! And, in keeping up with our “theme” (So to speak) we decided to refuel for more power at a place known as Action Burger.
So since Silverwolf is a bit of a social butterfly, he pretty much organized a staff writer outing to a themed restaurant — specifically honing his sights on the humble Action Burger. This Brooklyn-based joint is the brain-child of Steve Bala (Owner, creator, comic-book and G.I. Joe guru, action figure collector) and Vlane Carter (Co-owner, and sci-fi author/art director for his own BIO-Sapien/BIAlien series, more here) and is a loving homage to comics and nerd culture. Just by walking past the little store you can take a gander inside and note the arcade games up on display — and, bonus points now, the arcade games are free, so you can get your game on with some old school Mortal Kombat, or if you’re feeling nostalgic after Wreck-it Ralph they’ve got Tapper on tap for you to play with!
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Fenrir this doesn’t look all that impressive/different from other burger joints, why should we eat here (Even if there are free video games on offer)?
Well my young Padawans, Action Burger is far from unimpressive. It’s in fact the sort of restaurant that can be termed as a “dive”, that is, a resto that may not look particularly nice on the outside, but serves some pretty good food or company on the inside. And while I admit that Action Burger’s food offerings are typical of a burger joint that has good food at a good price– like several other places in the city–what’s really unique about Action Burger is its space and the charming people that run it.
Because if there’s one thing that Action Burger will offer unlike the other joints — it’s that there’s been a measure of love put into it, and the owners–comic book nerds in their own right–certainly made a fun, friendly resto for comic lovers.
During the Moar Powah staff writer visit we were greeted by Vlane Carter who was manning the cash register that day and were treated to a nice meal. They were also kind enough to turn on a nearby flat screen TV and put on X-Men: First Class (Much to my own delight because, bromance). Anyroad, as the food came out I was particularly eager for a good old taste of American diner classics and Action Burger didn’t disappoint in satisfying my craving for all that is deep fried and delicious. I got an order of some nice, crisp onion rings and mozzarella sticks — which were both served with generous orders of ketchup. And if you think mozz sticks are only good with marina sauce you’re rather mistaken.
The rest of our team went for the more traditional burger route. And by the by, the burgers here are all themed, and named after Carter’s characters in BIO-Sapien, with “super hero” and “super villain” burgers respectively. Also, as yet another bonus, action burger has vegetarian burger patties on option — so our pal Silverwolf, who is a strict vegetarian, could enjoy some divey burger goodness, too. It’s a fun concept and again, ties into the love that has been poured into this resto with such attention to detail.
Unfortunately I was too distracted by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender to take nice shots of my compatriot’s burgers. Woops.
Anyroad, Action Burger’s charm does lie in its eclectic decor, no doubt the hard work of Steve Bala. There’s figurines and collectibles rounding the walls and put on display with pride, as well as comic covers literally covering the tables. So you can scan through some classics while eating, it’s all good.
And then off to the side there are the free arcade systems which are fun to mess around with. It certainly brought me back to a nostalgic past where the local mall arcade was a hip-and-happening little joint. And again, I think that’s where Action Burger’s strength lies in: That homey aura that surrounds this place.
The MoarPowah staff certainly made themselves at home and felt comfortable to kick back and relax, and even chat it up with Carter at the cash register. It’s a nice environment without the stereotypical rude New Yorker service, along with a unique dining experience — so if you’re in Brooklyn Action Burger is definitely worth a minute to check out! (And, if you live in the area, it seems like they deliver food too – yay!)
Annnd that’s all there is for this exciting addition of Fantastic Feasts and where you can literally find them! Tune in next time as we hopefully, actually, maybe, tackle cooking something! (For realsies!)