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Tioli's Crazy Burger (San Diego)


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Tioli's Crazy Burger (San Diego)

Josh | Jul 16, 2006 08:08 PM

After reading Naomi Wise's rave about this place several weeks back, finally made it in there today to check it out. It was very good, and is definitely worth a try.

The building used to house a restaurant called Tioli's (which was horrible), and the owner kept the moniker because he was able to purchase their beer and wine license.

The menu consists of burgers, salads, and bratwurst. There are a lot of burger choices, including a German style 1/2 pork, 1/2 beef burger, a Grecian style 1/2 beef and 1/2 lamb, plus turkey, buffalo, ostrich, and alligator versions, with all kinds of interesting toppings.

Also of note was their selection of German draft beers - they had three from Spaten: lager, Optimator, and hefeweizen. They also had some Pilsner Urqell, and a couple of decent domestics (Firestone Double Barrel and Sam Adams), and Newcastle. It was hot, so I ordered a lager to help me decide on food.

The owner was on hand, and made several recommendations. I saw they had a burger with imported sauerkraut. I asked him about it, and he said they imported real German sauerkraut made with white wine. He said it was especially good with their house-made pork bratwurst. He directed me to a special they run, which is a bratwurst, kraut, and German-style potato salad, with a glass of wine or an imported beer for only $10. Couldn't pass up a deal like that, so that's what I ordered.

The food came, and $10 for this amount of food was really a great deal. The bratwurst was sizeable, and came with a flame-grilled roll. They also make their own mustard in-house, which is of the spicy brown variety. The mustard with the brat and the kraut was great. The mustard was pungent and strong, the brat rich and satisfying, and the kraut tender and sweet.

The potato salad was also delicious, with strong flavors of mustard and vinegar.

My friends who went with me ordered some different stuff - one got the burger, another the brat special only he chose the smoked brat. They offer three house-made brats in total: pork, veal, and smoked (not sure which meat goes into the smoked one). My friend with the burger, while he said it was good, did wish he had ordered one of the brat plates.

This is definitely a good place to check out. Prices are very reasonable. Most of the burgers are around $5 for 1/2 pound patty, with some slightly more expensive based on toppings. The exotic burgers like buffalo and ostrich are pricier, coming in around $11.

I have a hard time imagining I would go there and not get the brat special though - that's really one of the best meal deals I've seen around San Diego.

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