There’s one thing we simply cannot resist. Even when temperatures drop way below zero, we’re ready to put 17 layers on and go try that new burger place in town. Because a good and well-cooked patty in a bun is all you need to keep your heart and your belly warm.
We’ve discovered Kelly’s Grill & Bar where we discover most of the places we visit – Facebook. A very good looking burger kept popping up on our feed for days and we knew what we had to do. So, midday Saturday, half-frozen and starving we strolled through the city center until we’ve reached our destination – Petrinjska 55. You won’t notice Kelly’s until you come really close to it and that’s a good thing. The place can stay our little secret.
Super-minimalistic interior, big tables and a large chalkboard above the counter with the menu. Kelly’s isn’t one of those places that offers a thousand dishes. 3 types of burgers, 2 types of sandwiches (chicken and tuna steak), 3 different salad options, fries… and oatmeal! And oatmeal with whey! And protein shakes!
Yes, yes, a lot of exclamation points, I know. But, this is the only place in Zagreb’s city center that serves protein shakes and oats with whey. Please, do correct me if I’m wrong, but I haven’t seen it anywhere else. Anyways, if you’re into clean eating (as we’re obviously not), this could become your next go-to place. Both Anton and I went all in, though. The Kelly’s Grill Hamburger menus and 2 Cokes. You only live once.
The service was really fast and our waiter really polite. We did have to wait quite a bit for our food to arrive, bu we always see that as a good thing. It seems that they really do make the thing almost from scratch. We really don’t mind waiting if the food’s good.
The burger is medium-sized, I’d say. Not too big, but enough to keep you full for a while. Or in my case, until tomorrow. The patty is well seasoned and cooked well. The sauce is good, the bacon is crispy, even the grilled paprika gave it a little bit of sweetness which, surprisingly, worked. But there’s one thing I cannot get out of my head. And not in a good way…
Yeah yeah, I know. The correct way to eat the burger is upside down. But, if the bottom is dissolving in the sauce, it’s not good. I love a thin, crispy bun and a juicy burger but those to things do not go hand in hand 99% of the time.
As much as I really loved the taste of my burger (and hated the thing it was dripping everywhere), there was something even better – the potato wedges that come with the burger. They’re cooked in a hot air fryer and are soft and delicious inside and perfectly crispy on the outside. Heaven. The fries don’t come with a dip (even in the menu), which is a shame, but you can order it on the side, of course.
Since the place is pretty new, I hope the soggy bottom is just a beginner’s mistake. The taste is awesome and the bun is good, just make the bottom part a little bit thicker and you’re set. With relatively low prices in comparison to some hyped up burger places in Zagreb, Kelly’s could pretty soon become one of the favorite go-to places. We’ve paid 108 kuna (14,5 euros) for 2 Kelly’s hamburger menus and 2 cokes.
Kelly’s is a burger joint you can frequent even if you’re working on your beach body.
Let your better half order the burger menu, you stick to the salad and a protein shake. And steal a couple of fries from him. It’s sooo worth it, trust me!