My son and I needed to get away for some quiet business consultation and he knows I'm a burger guy so he suggested The Counter in Irvine (at Sand Canyon & Irvine Blvd.). 2:00PM and the place was almost empty. Nice, clean space in a center I didn't even know was there (don't get to that specific area often).
I'd read some mixed reviews here, especially about the way they have out of control order-at-the-counter service during the day, but this location has table service all the time. So much for that issue.
Lots of build-it-yourself options....... 1/4lb burger was $9 with several toppings. I ordered swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, grilled onions and grilled peppers. Medium rare was actually medium rare. Mixed side of onion strings and sweet potato fries was $5.50 (I think)...... reasonable portion and the SP fries were REALLY good.......... served with 3 different dips. My son had blue cheese, lettuce, grilled onions, roasted red peppers. Pic of son's burger attached.
This was a pretty good experience. Everything was done correctly. Only issue was bun integrity. Burgers with lots of soft and slippery toppings require a bun of more than average stability, which this didn't have. Then again, a messy burger can be more fun.
We'd go back.