In N Out Cheeseburger

At one time in my life I thought In N Out was the Alpha and Omega of fast food burgers. At one time I guess it has. But the burger Renaissance which began about a decade ago, has left In N Out behind. Don’t get me wrong- it’s much better than Wendy’s or McDonald’s or Burger King. 

But Five Guys is better. 

The bun is light, similar to challah or a brioche. It was not greasy at all and I could have easily eaten two of them. Vegetables are an afterthought and the thin leaf of lettuce was sad. 

The fries were too dry. 

It’s over between me and In N Out. I’ve moved on to better cheeseburgers. 

Spotburger with Cheese

A few weeks ago I found myself in Carpintería, California.

Since The Spot appeared to be a local institution, lunch there would mr the most blogworthy, I reckoned. 

It was a decently cooked cheeseburger served with romaine lettuce, a slice of tomato, ketchup and mustard. I believe there were pickles in the sandwich, of the sour variety. The patty had a nice char on it. The bun was toasted perfectly. 

They had a minimalist condiment bar and I availed myself of sport peppers, the provenance of the name both eluded me then and now. 


I don’t remember if I had ever eaten this cheeseburger from Wendy’s long ago or not.

Coming back from a family event with my brother who lives in Hollywood we pulled off somewhere around Huntington Beach to get something to eat.

While I prefer steak to be cooked rare, the charred well doneness of this burger pleased me. The cheese was waxy, the bacon cheesy, but I devoured it. It wasn’t great by any means, but hunger is the best spice, as they say. 

There were no vegetables at all in the burger, not even the idea of iceberg lettuce. 

Charburger with Cheese 

The Habit 

is a new hamburger chain, at least to me. 

It was crowded and as a result of it being a rare rainy day in San Diego, my brother and I had to share a table. 

But how is the burger, you ask?

It was very good. I think the beef is grass-fed and in any case the quality was good. True to the menu, the burger was charred. They use better quality lettuce than In and Out and the bun was warm and slightly chewy. 

I have yet to try Shake Shack’s cheeseburger. However I could be moving up to LA to work and there’s one location up there. 

Blue Jay Burger

Fear not, this was not a burger made of the flesh of Cyanocitta christata. This is the burger at Hodad’s made with blue cheese, bacon and grilled onions. 

Hodad’s menu

This was colossal! I devoured it, even as the juices dripped down my arms. The hot sauce on the table was good put on the fries, which I could not finish. 

Hodad’s is considered one of the best burger restaurants in America and thus the world. 

It’s crowded and there is always a wait. Nonetheless I highly recommend this place in Ocean Beach. 

Lard Fries

Potatoes cooked in lard are delicious. They are even better than fries cooked in tallow. They tasted like pork cracklings. Only duck fries are better. I devoured them. 

The cheeseburger at Omakase was excellent. The Japanese wheat beer was also very good. 

My girlfriend was very happy. Later we listened to a brass band play “Crazy in Love”.

It was my favorite meal of her visit. 

Truff Ryder Burger

This was delivered to me in Singapore by my girlfriend in Sydney. It was one of the richest cheeseburgers I’ve ever eaten. It was cooked at Three Buns. 

At $35 it was the most expensive, too.

Not only was it rich, it was intensely savory thanks to black truffles and miso mayonnaise. It was greasy and delicious.