Well I went to the much anticipated Short Order, Nancy Silverton's burger restaurant at the Farmer's Market, for lunch. I ordered Nancy's Backyard Burger, which is a burger with bacon, avocado, a spicy mayonnaise, red onion, some bibb lettuce. I believe it is on a brioche bun.
It's good. It's fine. The burger is high quality and with an exceptionally "clean" grass fed taste to it. It is put together with care. I was offered it cooked medium rare or medium well, and I went with MR. It was very juicy, and the overall combinations of flavors were quite nice.
Surprisingly good were the string fries, skinny, salty gnarled amber colored fingers of potato goodness. And hey, a sizeable portion at $3.00 is a good buy.
But back to the burger. It cost me $13.00. Yes. $13.00 for a medium sized, high quality burger. It was good, but not $13.00 good. Not even close. By the time I got out with tax and tip I was $21.00 into a ...burger.
I should state that I was impressed with the service. Bright young people in their twenties who are friendly but not too informal or cheeky. No "hey guys," no attitude, but polite, attentive but not intrusive.
I predict that with The Counter just down the street on Wilshire, and Johnny Rocket's just across the courtyard in the Farmer's Market, and with the price at Short Order, Nancy's new place is not going to have a long lifespan.
All in all, if you've ever had a nice, high quality burger elsewhere, you've already had what they serve at Short Order, and chances are it cost you at least a third less. You could easily create your own for half the cost, and probably make it taste better, using high quality ingredients at home.
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