William S. Burroughs once reflected, “This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.” Chef Paul Shoemaker is bringing his own war games to Savory in Malibu, with a new Monday night special called “Burger Wars.” Inspired by Shoemaker’s own Monday “Pub Night” menu, the battle concept, intended as a bragging contest between you and your friends as to who has the best burger, is a little shaky. The big burgers, coming in a range of aggressive styles, are totally solid. What can you expect?
Shoemaker and company are designing a fun selection of slanted burgers with names sometimes inspired by bands, but always worthy of battle bots. There’s a Wolfmother burger that plays on a charcuterie plate, with an eight-ounce beef patty, balsamic onion compote, blue cheese, brie, arugula, and aioli, as well as a sporadic serving of the Yardbird, a burger with chicken and bacon. The Four Horsemen burger is a truly apocalyptic dose of double double, with two six-ounce rib eye patties, a layer of pork belly, bacon, American cheese, and sweet caramelized onions on a bun.
Elsewhere, Shoemaker is making a Dungeness crab cake burger and a Tug Boat burger with tempura catfish or cod and heirloom tomatoes, as well as sides like hand-cut fries, tempura onion rings, and a salad.
Check out Shoemaker’s full Pub Night menu below, burgers and all.
Happy Pub Night
Marinated Olives 6
Shaved Apple Salad, Blue Cheese, Red Flame Grapes, Walnuts, Balsamic 12
Zuma Canyon Salad, Lemon, Olive Oil, Fleur de Sel 10
Butternut Squash Soup, Walnuts, Zuma Sage 10
Applewood- House Smoked Norwegian Trout Rillette 14
Chicken Liver Pâté 14
Tempura Shishito Peppers & Maitake 12
Steamed Black Mussels, Local Tomatoes 16
Broccoli, Burrata, Aged Vinegar 10
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Pine Nuts 10
Dungeness Crab Cake, Remoulade, Lemon, Fine Herbs 18
($5 Add Organic ‘La Quercia’ Prosciutto, $5 White Sicilian Anchovies)
Windrose Farm’s Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, Arugula, Black Olive 18
Fuggedabouttit, Hobbs’ Applewood Smoked Fennel Sausage & Pepperoni, etc. 20
(Served With Hand-Cut Fries, Tempura Onion Rings or Green Salad)
* Chef Paul’s note: ONLY temperatures can be modified on these burgers
Dungeness Crab Cake, Remoulade, Arugula, Tomato, Pickles, Old Bay Aïoli 20
Wolfmother, Arugula, Blue, Brie, Aïoli, Balsamic Shallots 18
Four Horsemen, Bacon, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Sweet Onions 20
Tug Boat, Catfish, Arugula, Remoulade, Heirloom Tomato 18
Guinness-Battered Fish & Chips, Malt Vinegar 18
Jidori Chicken, Lentils, Frisée-Lardon Salad, Poached Egg 26
Guinness-Battered Catfish, Chanterelles, Haricots Vert, Almonds 26
Beef Filet, Hand-Cut Fries, Local Water Cress 36