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Barney's Gourmet Burgers...never again!

Andrew | Jun 22, 200507:45 PM

I noticed this burger place on a recent trip to the Brentwood Country Mart and made a mental note to give it a try. Apparently it has been around in the Bay Area for a long time and has quite a few locations with recent additions in Los Angeles. As a burger fan who enjoys In-N-Out, Fatburger, Rockenwagner (Pretzel Burger), and Apple Pan, I was looking to find another good lunch option on the Westside.

I met a friend for lunch at the Barney’s Gourmet Burgers at the Brentwood Country Mart (26th Street and San Vicente Blvd.). I ordered a French Burger (which has crumbled blue cheese and bacon and is served on a baguette), onion rings, and a coke. I think the total cost was about $14.00. My friend ordered a Western Burger without onions (cheddar cheese, bacon, and barbecue sauce).

I ordered the burger medium rare and they did a good job of cooking it pretty close to my desired range. The burger itself tasted very plain and not very fresh; some salt or other seasoning would have given it an some oomph.

The blue cheese tasted like the blue cheese from Costco (pre-crumbled, bland, and lacking in smooth texture).

The menu said crisp bacon but this was ridiculous. The bacon had clearly been “fried” in the deep frier. The next person I meet who is a fan of this deep-fried abomination will be the first. If I get bacon on a burger I don’t want it to have the texture of a big bacon bit.

The coup de “dis”grace on this meal were the onion rings. For $4.50 I got 6 to 8 large onion rings. The battered rings came sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. I don’t know if the rings were intentionally overcooked to give them such a harsh texture; the only thing I could think of was that maybe they fried the onion rings with the bacon. I felt like I was eating a hard boiled egg that was still in the shell.

I looked over the tables around me and saw kids and their nanny's eating Reddi-Chick chicken baskets. What was I thinking? How could I have passed up on Reddi-Chick for this poor import from the Bay Area? The only passable items I had were the coke and the small slice of cantaloupe served with my burger.

I can’t imagine any reason to return.

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