Taste Buds: Rude Burger
From left to right: Executive Chef Brett Cureton and General Manager G.C. DiVanna
are ready to savor a sliced brisket sandwich and a loaded burger at a rustic picnic table in the Rude Burger outdoor dining area.
The owners of Rise Up Coffee serve up delicious choices in Easton with juicy burgers or smoky BBQ
BY MANNING LEE | PHOTO BY STPEHEN WALKER
As anticipated,it’s sizzling hot outside again this summer, yet while this season is a little different than most years on the Shore, one thing hasn’t changed. We’re still obsessed with summer and everything that goes with it. One of our favorite activities despite a world pandemic is eating out. Our love for ‘doing lunch’ and ‘going out to dinner’ runs deeply through our veins. That’s what makes the much-anticipated openings of Rude Burger and Rude BBQ all the more exciting!
Tim Cureton, the genius behind Easton’s iconic coffee roaster, Rise Up Coffee, and his crew have been roasting and brewing coffee in Talbot County since 2005. Today, they distribute 7000 pounds of coffee a week, regionally. “We try to bring out the essence of the coffee and deliver it as fresh as we possibly can. At the same time, you know, it’s that spirit of friendship and connectivity (between our employees and customers) that has been amazingly impactful,” Cureton explained.
It is with this spirit of community and connectivity that he and his brother, Brett Cureton, a graduate from Baltimore Culinary Institute and a chef in Annapolis, have always wanted to create a restaurant— a place of consequence together that would really “move the needle” for an already robust group of customers in the Easton area.
A rudimentary concept of burgers and beers really appealed to both Tim and Brett. “I’ve watched what’s happened with Shake Shack. Their fast, fine, and casual dining concept works… ‘everyone’s welcome’ and ‘come as you are’ is very approachable,” Cureton explained.
“We were already in the process of developing our Rude Burger concept when out of nowhere, Andrew Evans, owner of the BBQ Joint, rang me up. It took me a few minutes to realize he wanted to see if I would purchase the BBQ Joint. It dawned on me how great these two restaurants could actually work together, both of them under one banner,” he said. Burgers and barbeque are the simplest foods that even grandparents enjoy. Thus, they coined the names, “Rude Burger and Rude BBQ,” because of the foods’ rudimentary simplicity.
Both restaurants are under the direction of Executive Chef, Brett Cureton, who designed the menu at Rude Burger which offers so many burger choices that the sky’s the limit. The “Rude” (build your own) offers smoked bacon, caramelized onion, grilled pineapple, fried egg, avocado, and pickled jalapenos. The “Brah,” (taken from a Hawaiian term meaning brother) os a teriyaki burger topped with grilled pineapple, bacon, melted cheese, and a Hawaiian sauce; and the “MD Crab” is a burger served with crab meat. Each burger comes with a choice of a beef patty or two different vegan choices: an impossible burger patty as well as a black bean burger.
The menu at Rude BBQ has a line up of Brisket, ribs, BBQ chicken, pulled pork or turkey, all typical offerings at a BBQ place, but its the sauces really turn up the volume with flavors like smoked ketchup, hot honey butter, ranch, chipotle mayo, horseradish, honey mustard, and pickled jalapeno. Still hungry for more? Both menus are packed with delicious sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and side dishes and both serve freshly-cut potato and sweet potato fries.
This summer Rude Burger and Rude BBQ will be serving up the most ‘Rude Food’ in town. Be sure to add them to your list of ‘restaurants-to-try’. Whether you are spending your time ‘safer at home’ or are venturing out, it could be a choose-your-own-adventure burger or BBQ kind of summer…great things are on the menu!
Rude Burger: 4 S. Aurora Street
Rude BBQ: 216 E. Dover Road
Easton, MD 21601
Open daily Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.