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The Counter - the next 31 flavors? Long

Sasha | Aug 15, 200501:41 PM

Went to the Counter over the weekend for the first time for burgers but was certainly not prepared for the experience. They should call it build a burger instead! For those who haven't been, there is simply an astonishing array of choices which puts another burger joint's slogan (we make it the way you like it, I think) to shame.

Choice of beef, turkey, veggie burgers, or grilled chicken breast. Choice of 3 sizes (1/3 lb, 1/2, and 1). Who eats a 1 lb burger?????? Choice of 3 breads, about 10 cheeses (inc blue and feta as some of the more original), a dozen regular toppings (first 4 come with the price), another 8 or so gourmet toppings (extra $1), including ham, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, sun dried tomatos, avocados, etc, and probably 25 sauces (ketchup need not apply, although they do have it on request) (everything from garlic aioli to apricot to onion marmelade to spicy sour cream). A few other things on the menu, but burgers are clearly the focus. A 1/3 lb with all the included choices (1 cheese, 1 sauce, 4 regular toppings) runs just under $7.00. Those who like to be very hands on in structuring their food, come on down. Indecisive orderers, beware.

I liked the burger a lot, as did my companions. They buttered and toasted the bun, which added crunch and flavor, and the included toppings are no slouchers (roasted peppers, baby lettuces, and so on). 2 small complaint though. First, even with great toppings, please season the burger! A little salt and pepper goes a long way. Second, the 1/3 burger, the smallest, was too big for me, and hopefully, for at least some other people who know in their gut that over 5oz of meat in one sitting is too much. They really should offer a 1/4 lb, as hamburger leftovers are not that great. Next time I'll try the grilled chicken, which should be more reasonable size unless they put 2 of those puppies on the bun.

Question for all you guys who have been. How is the veggie burger? Have any idea what it's made of?

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