Saturday was a beautiful spring day in Lehigh Valley, so it was a good day to take care of some of the outdoor work that my wife, Sybil, has effectively “delegated” to me during the 36 years of our marriage. After six hours of edging, weeding and mulching the flower beds and cutting grass, Sybil offered to buy dinner.

We had been wanting to try a new place, The Burgery, on Chestnut Street in Emmaus. It’s owned by the Billera family (owners of Grille 3501 in Allentown) and has a sports theme.

There were so many choices that it took a while to absorb the menu before we ordered at the counter a la Five Guys Burgers style. All of the burgers are named for college team nicknames: the Nittany Lion, the Thundering Herd, the Crimson Tide, the Fighting Irish…you get the point. There are tons of topping choices, including fried egg, mushrooms, onion straws, roasted red peppers, garlic spread and more that it was challenging to make a decision. There are burgers made of beef, lamb, bison, turkey, pork, chicken, venison, elk, fish, veggie and a special ostrich burger.

Sybil had the Thundering Herd, a bison burger with mesquite seasoning, Monterey Jack cheese and black & tan onion rings.  I had the build your own burger, with lamb, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, tzaziki sauce on a whole wheat bun. We also ordered a side of sweet potato fries.

When our name was called, we picked up the burgers and, having built up quite an appetite during the day, dove in. My burger looked and tasted great, more well-done than I would have liked, but it was juicy and plenty filling. Sybil’s Thundering Herd also looked and tasted great. The fries were good, but the surprise was the psychedelic slaw. The taste of the slaw we were given with the burger was enough to make us want to order a side of it next time.

While we were there the place became overflowing – a good sign.

We’ll go back to try other burgers, will you try it?