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Finding a place to grab yourself a burger and fries is certainly one of the easiest tasks you could hope for. What with fast-food franchises, so-called high end burger palaces and perpetual 50’s diners, you probably don’t have to travel for more than five minutes to find one. So you’d think there can’t possibly be a reason to have yet another burger joint. Think again.
The newly opened Burger Lounge on Adams Ave. in Kensington has made the daring move to open its doors and prove us all wrong. Situated amongst restaurants new (like the recently opened Blue Boheme) and classic (the always fab Kensington Grill), Burger Lounge is quickly proving to be a force even amongst this eclectic group. And, yeah, they’re tossing burgers and fries your way.
Ahh, but it’s the way they do it and how they do it that makes Burger Lounge stand out in a crowd. The second of its kind (they have a location in La Jolla that has been making waves for some time now) but a first in its unique approach to fine comfort food and a festive dining experience.
When you walk in, you immediately get the very cool vibe of the fun, easygoing diner. The décor is simple, contemporary, yet a bit retro, and all with a touch of rich pizzazz. Bold, festive orange colors swim through the venue accented by crisp lines of white and black. Think of a casual, quick-service restaurant and you have a glimmer of what Burger Lounge is about.
Ease up to the cashier and place your order. The menu is deceptively simple. You have burgers (grilled beef, turkey or the tasty Vegetarian, all offered with lettuce, tomato, house-made 1000 island, fresh onion and cheddar or American cheese). You also have crispy chicken tenders (served playfully on a stick for a bit of fun) and sides of Hand-Cut Fries or Crispy Onion Rings (or for the fried food junkie, yeah, us too, you can get a plate of half of each). Craving a salad? Choose from either the Burger Lounge Caesar Salad (Parmesan, tomato, crispy taro, a healthy difference from the usual croutons, and Caesar dressing) or the Fresh Vegetable Salad (baby Romaine, tomato, roasted corn, red onion, daikon sprouts, aged Ricotta and avocado dressing). And that’s all she wrote folks.
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Is this all sounding a little too simplistic? Then let’s mix it up and describe the distinctive differences that enhance these offerings and how the sum of all its parts makes for some great tasting food. Let’s start with the burgers. The meat is organic, Grass-fed beef literally from a 10,000 acre ranch in Kansas that is shipped directly from the plains (no we are not in Kansas anymore, sorry couldn’t resist). The turkey is white meat with just a hint of dark meat for flavor. The Vegetarian is a unique Burger Lounge creation made with organic quinoa (a highly nutritious grain called “vegetable caviar” by some, yeah we didn’t know that either), brown rice, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, garlic, bread crumbs, parsley, chipotle, Monterey Jack cheese). So what does all of this mean? How about one heckuva succulent, juicy burger, that is as tender and flavorful as any we’ve ever had. Even the soft buns are baked daily from a local baker using Burger Lounges’ own recipe which includes blackstrap molasses, giving it a subtle sweet flavor.
Not to be outdone, the onion rings are lightly crusted with buttermilk and Japanese Panko breadcrumbs and taste out of this world. Crunchy on the outside with the soft onion flavor mesmerizing your taste buds on the inside. The Hand-cut fries are made from Kennebec potatoes (low in starch and sugar); cooked twice in the French tradition, meaning they are peeled and blanched and double fried using peanut oil (healthier). Akin to the onion rings, this creates an extra crispy exterior, while the interior remains moist and tender. Add ketchup or ranch and you are set.
As if that wasn’t enough, take a look at the sweets available to you. Milkshakes that are so frothy and rich, it’s sinful. The over-flowing Root Beer Float (using spunky Hank’s Root Beer) will give you bubbles of joy. Be sure to spy the counter for the homemade cupcakes like the decadent Red Velvet with Chocolate Ganache or the killer Espresso Vanilla Bean Cream Filled Chocolate. Think Hostess cupcakes on steroids, but in a good way. These are just too good to pass up.
For all its simplicity, Burger Lounge comes off as an interesting blend of sophistication and neighborly charm. The staff is there to meet your every need and frolic about, taking orders, serving dishes and you can’t help but see smiles everywhere. The energy must be intoxicating because all around you, young and old, whether in business attire or jeans, all seem to be having a great time. Burger Lounge offers that rare combination of wit and charm with just a hint of style to make your experience there a memorable one.
- City: San Diego, CA 92116
- Phone: 619-584-2929
- Name: Burger Lounge
- Address: 4116 Adams Ave