DeeGlaze and I were in the neighborhood so we popped by Counter Burger to see what it's all about. Very crowded at about 7:30 and we almost went up the block to Med Wraps but instead stuck around. We grabbed a spot in the queue only to discover after 10 minutes that is was for orders to go. Once in the correct place we were seated quickly.
The menu is simple, basically you build your own burger from a long list of options. Due to the sheer number and variety of choices there is ample opportunity to create some truly disgusting combinations and I'm sure the assemblers in the back scratch their heads sometimes. I kept it relatively tame and went with a beef burger on a toasted bun with melted gruyere, grilled onions, bacon, and tomatoes, with a garlic aioli on the side. The results were quite good. The burger was juicy and well-seasoned, the gruyere was actually gruyere with a nice nutty flavor, the bacon was flavorful too, cooked just shy of crispy, and the aioli had a nice garlicky zip. Everything tasted fresh and robust.
Our bill for two burgers and two soft-drinks came to $25 before tip, a fair price for what we ate given the relative quality of the ingredients. Seems like a good concept in general. Lots of students, families with young kids, and others just interested in some comfort-food. I'll likely return next time the burger itch needs scratching.
369 California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306