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Making Room at The Counter for some Hounds!


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Making Room at The Counter for some Hounds!

Dommy! | | Sep 26, 2005 04:23 PM

You get a clip board and be prepared to be overwhelmed. That was my feeling when I first looked at the counter burger menu. “Build your own burger” he form screams… then you follow the steps…

First step, is pretty easy… Beef, Turkey, Veggie and size of patty… 1/3, 2/3 or MONSTER 1lb…

Then, your head spins… Choose your cheese, 4 toppings, Extra toppings, Sauce and Roll!! ACK!! For the trick was to pick everything that would work well… resist the just naturally yummy adds ons like Avocado and bacon... or messy add ons like tomato and lettuce.

And not only was I presented this challenge, but a group of 10 hounds decended on the Counter this Sunday to accept and tackle this challenge…

The variety of burgers choosen was befit of a group of hounds. Turkey Burger, Burger in a bowl, burger with sautéed mushrooms, burger with grilled pineapple! HUGE burgers and smart compact burgers!

As for me, I choose the 1/3lb burger with Grilled Onions and roasted Chiles, Topped with Pepper Jack Cheese and Dijon Balsamic Dressings. I love spicy and I love sweet… this seemed like the perfect blending of the two without too many ingredients…

We pretty much also ordered all the side dishes. The regular fries were thin, slightly crisp (Even when it ordered extra crispy) but not very flavorful. They also just added Sweet Potato Fries. Great yammy flavor, also slightly crisp, but I find them needing a bit of salt. Thicker than Father’s Office version, which I actually prefer. The crispy onion strings were great! The batter had lots of flavor to compensate for the SUPER thin onion. However, because they there were indeed ‘strings’m it was weren’t that easy to eat or dip in sauce. They would have been excellent though in a burger or atop of the burger in a bowl… Finally, the winner in mine and BF’s mind, the fried pickles. A light super crisp batter, they sound odd and well… they are! The edges of the pickles were slightly warm, which made for a kinda fried zucchini taste, but the core was still cool and full of that sour pickle flavor… Plus they came with this great chuntey dipping sauce, so you get fried, sour, sweet flavors… Hmmmm…

They have several great beers and even wine available, but when I was looking to the perfect accompaniment to my spicy burger, nothing jumped out like a milk shake… And the most unique of the bunch was the Apple Pie Milkshake! And the taste was OUTSTANDING. It really tasted as if someone blended a piece of apple pie with ice cream. It even had bits of crust in it! Hmmm….

Finally, the burgers came out. BF ordered the sliders, which were SO cute!! He was smart and ordered them on the rare side, a MUST since the slice of patty is SO thin and small. But they were really tasty, especially smothered in ketchup! YUM!!

As for my burger, it was good, cooked a bit too on the well side. But the meat was soft and flavorful (Although not as flavorful as Father’s office or some of the other gourmet burger’s I’ve had). But sadly, my ingredients didn’t blend as well as I’d like. Thankfully they put the ‘sauce’ on the side, because my balsamic Dijon dressings was a bit too sweet… not much Dijon flavor. I used it mostly as a pretty tasty dipping sauce for the regular fried.

Also, while the grilled onions were done perfect, the roasted chiles were of the New Mexico Type, not a bit of heat at all… Further, the pepper jack didn’t add any punch to it… either… So I was pretty much left with a rather sweet burger…

Next time, I’ll defiantly order the bacon, and perhaps the sharp cheddar or horseradish cheddar and defiantly the spicy sour cream…

So verdict, it’s a pretty cool place to visit and try, I’ll defiantly go again as it’s in the BF’s hood. As for it being L.A.’s best burger… Well… for me, that’s father’s office (Although there was much debate at the table regarding that claim as well!) but unlike father’s office, it’s nice to have the choice of getting what you want, especially Ketchup! :)


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