i've posted a handful of times about burgers around town and I feel like a couple folks keep mentioning getting a burger at Liliha. Well, years ago I gave their locomoco a shot and i considered it subpar on several levels - way overcooked and under-seasoned burger, boring gravy...well, those are the 2 biggies for any locomoco. So I was flat out not a believer that their actual burger on bun could be good....until this past Friday. I am a fan of burgers of all types as long as they are executed well for what they are - whether they are high brow big fat dry aged beef burgers or whether they are mystery meat greasy spoon or even fast food burgers (nod to in'n'out). Liliha's bacon cheeseburger deluxe falls squarely in the latter category, of course...and i was shocked how good it was. Well, it wasn't "good" as ingredients go, but it was good as in a prime example of big flavor low brow diner style soul burger. Granted, it was 2:30 in the morning, but I'll stand by this call. The cheeseburger deluxe consists of a beef patty that spends about 5-10 minutes too long on the grill....in the meanwhile, they fry up some mushrooms and bacon on the griddle....then they put the cooked bacon on the mushrooms while those finish cooking and cover that with american cheese, top the burger on a standard enriched burger bun (which i assume they bake there, seemed quite fresh) that was slathered with what i think was a special sauce (details hazy). served with iceburg, subripe tomatoes, and some crunchy pickle slices. now, the mushrooms were super moist, and as we all know, american cheese turns into burger sauce when used properly...and this combo kept the whole situation quite moist and seriously luscious despite the well done burger. Caveat: I also ordered a side of mac salad and a good scoop of that ended up on my burger, which also played a role in elevating this humble creature (i mean, you're gonna put mayo on the burger anyway, may as well give it some texture in the form of macaroni > this worked quite well and i don't know why I don't see this on any "hawaiian style" burgers around town as it arguably more local kine than slapping some pineapple on a burger. Further, I would be remiss if I didnt mention that the mac salad at Liliha is DAMN good. I love a simple, slightly sweet slightly acidic mac salad that's not too goopy or over-mayo'd - they nail it as does Zippys. But I digress.....)
Actually, nothing left to digress to. Was pretty good and quite satisfying! Thanks to those that keep mentioning it (Russkar?)...its been in the back of my head for awhile.
quick shout out to those griddled liliha butter rolls with fluorescent jelly: hot damn you dangerously tasty!