So I went with that, along with some Shoestring Fries and 15 Minute Wings. As for beers, I ordered the Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale and a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. I also had to finish my brother’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout since he later remembered that he was on antibiotics.
The Good: The medium well done Bacon Blue Deluxe was juicy and delicious. I usually don’t like Bleu Cheese but it wasn’t too overwhelming in the burger. But what I really liked about the burger overall was how the bun managed to soak up all the juices flowing from the beef patty and still maintained it’s form. It was just a tasty and well built burger.
The 15 Minute Wings were also good. They were crispy, messy, salty, sour, sweet, and had a nice heat that crept up on you later.
The Bad: The chopped up Candied Bacon didn’t seem candied at all, it was just salty.
Would you come back again? Yeah, I think I would, but parking is a bitch.
More Info: 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd | Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 | www.simmzys.com
The Skinny: A popular burger hub that’s been voted as one of the top 10 places in Los Angeles by the Huffington Post. Their signature dish is the Korean influenced Kalbi burger.
The High: The Kalbi Burger itself lives up to the hype. It’s juicy, messy, delicious, and everything The Counter is not. (:-X) The greens in it had the same vinaigrette at those $19.99 all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ places. The flame broiled short rib and ground chuck patty was flavorful thanks to the Kalbi aioli; even though it tasted more like Bulgogi. The toasted bread stayed together well despite my sloppy way of eating it. It also served as a piece of sponge to soak up all the delicious juices that tried to escape. The fries were crispy and tasty thanks to them being fried twice.
The Low: I remember the first time I went to Kalbi Burger I made the mistake of getting the Saigon. I was expecting it to taste like a Bahn Mi….but it didn’t. The pickled veggies needed more pickling.
Would you come back again? Yes! I got to try the Seoul Dog.
More Info: www.kalbiburger.com – $9.95 for a combo meal that has the Kalbi Burger, Fries, and a drink. $7.95 for just the burger.
The Skinny: The Counter is a build-your-own Burger chain that has locations all over America. You can either individualize your own burger using “Market Selection” produce or simply pick something from the menu. They also have beer on tap and burger bowls, which are pretty much salads with condiments.
The High: Building your own burger is always fun, so that’s a plus. The place I went to is in Torrance and they have an outdoor seating area, which is good for nice warm California days. They also have Arrogant Bastard on tap and some tasty french fries and fried pickles.
The Low: My first visit to the Counter I picked the 1lb burger of beef topped with horseradish cheddar, jalepenos, grilled onions, mixed greens, garlic aioli, and a runny egg. You would think all that stuff would be a burst of flavor, but it wasn’t. For me, the biggest problem was that the cooks didn’t season the meat, and if they did, they didn’t season it enough. The beef was beefy, but how could it not be? It’s a pound of meat! Even still, all the extra toppings didn’t really add depth to the overall burger, they seemed to be muted. Maybe conceptually, the Counter creators thought subtle notes of flavor is best, but to me it was just bland. On top of that, the cold hamburger bun was completely demolished by the meat juices and my burger ended up being a knife and fork steak meal. Maybe it could have been the choices I made, like the patty size being too big and the toppings I picked just didn’t work well together.
So I went a second time and I had the same problems. Even though I got the 1/3lb beef patty with a chili theme, the meat was still under season and the cold wheat bun I picked wasn’t able to hold itself together. And to add insult to injury, the Parmesan fries I got that time were cold and way too salty.
Would you come back again? Only if I’m with a group of people and I get out voted on where we want to go eat. Then I’d ask the waiter to have the cooks toast the bun a little with some fat and to salt and pepper the meat well.
More Info: www.thecounterburger.com
The Skinny: Apple Pan has been around since 1947 and has been hailed as one of the best burger havens to reside in Los Angeles. The old institute of high quality fast food is known for quick orders, unchanged decor, and the Hickory and Steak Burger. For me, it was my first time being there.
The High: The quarter pound Hickory burger was clean to the taste and the toppings were generous. The hickory relish complimented not only the beef patty but the pickles as well. In a way, the sweet tang reminded me of the McRib but made with better and fresher ingredients. The bun was nice and squishy too.
The Low: The fries were warm and tasty but as I was leaving Apple Pan, I happen to see a Sysco truck delivering boxes of french fries in the back. While I understand that part of Apple Pan’s charm is the fast service, freshly cut and twice fried fries would have made the overall burger experience better. I can’t deny that the Hickory Burger was good and the size of it didn’t make me feel greasy after-wards, but I left feeling unsatisfied.
Would you come back again? If I’m in the area just to try the Steak Burger. However, I wouldn’t go out my way to go there again.
More Info: 10801 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90064. Cash Only. Expect to pay about 10 bucks for french fries, a drink, and the Hickory Burger. They also serve fruit pie and sliced bread sandwiches.
Song: I Seen Beyoncé at Burger King – by Cazwell feat. Jonny Makeup