Shake Shack, of any burger chain, makes the best basic cheeseburger. The bun is brioche-like, the meat is juicy and savory and the orange cheese is melted evenly.
Since moving to Hollywood I’ve seen the Veggie Grill every time I go to the gym. Last Friday I decided to try out this vegetarian restaurant. It might even be vegan.
The quote unquote meat tasted like very lean beef. The vegan cheese like substance tasted more like thousand island dressing, which isn’t a bad thing. Organic corn nuts were served in a ramekin. They were okay, but I don’t think they added anything to the fake burger experience.
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.
It’s over between me and In N Out. I’ve moved on to better cheeseburgers.
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.
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.
is a new hamburger chain, at least to me.
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.
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.
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.