My eating buddy Matt recently moved into the high-rent district area of La Jolla off Prospect, with an apartment that overlooks the La Jolla Shores. So he called me to come over and grab a bite to eat. In my mind Prospect + bite to eat = $$$. To my surprise there are actually quite a few surprises in La Jolla Village for "cheap" (cheaper) eats. There's no Pho or $4.99 take out chinese, but there are quite a few decent selections for under $12 dollars.
The first place we went to was the Burger Lounge. A hip restaurant where the pretty and the rich of La Jolla can tell their friends "Oh My Goodness Becky I TOTALLLYYY had a hamburger today it was just like In&Out. Aren't I so ghetto fab? *hehe* *toss hair*".. *runs off to get a DUI*. Of course being in La Jolla this can't actually be a "ghetto" hamburger eatery, it has to be something much much more than that.
The Burger Lounge is a sterile looking, loud music bumping, sidewalk eating hamburger joint with cute serving plates. There isn't much space for eating inside, just a few simple counters alaSodapop shop.
You'll notice that the menu itself is rather limited, this is truly the perfect escape for the rich to say they had a hamburger without having to eat all the processed garbage from a fast food restraurant.
You have the requisite burger made from grass fed local cows, a turkey burger cause ya know.. that's healthy and we always want to eat healthy, a veggie burger (?? never understood the point of these), some fried chicken fingers, and some salad. They offer french fries and onion rings separately or together.
I myself ordered a hamburger with the works, grilled onions as well as regular onions with extra tomatoes and lettuce animal style. Wait.. we're not at In&Out. Stratch the Animal style. As well as a 1/2 and 1/2 (ff and onion rings).
Matt is on his "i dont want carbs" diet , the same one where he doesn't order waffle fries at Chick-Fil-A but orders THREE (yes 3) Chick Fil A sandwiches instead, so he just gets a burger and a milkshake.
Supposedly some of the best milkshakes in town.. and at $4.95 I say they better damn near well be. (Two milkshakes are pictured here, one for Matt one for Cassandra, I was healthy and had a Root beer =P) But... they weren't.
After you place your order they give you a nice sturdy metal placard with your number and a french girl who can barely speak english delivers you your food. Some confusion came about due to this language barrier. Do not worry , she may not speak English but she has plenty of friends that like to pull up to the side of the restaurant and blare "I'M A BARBIE GIRL". Apparently they didn't learn in Europe that the song was SoOOooOo last year.
Keeping to the whole sterile, too cool for school motiff my burger came like this.
A beautiful onion bun , with a plate reserved normally for appetizers at Nine-Ten. And do you see what's super duper cute? my fries and onion rings are in a take out container! How fun is that? (just a lil bit).
The fries and onions rings seem to have the same batter/seasoning. Salt with parsley and probably nice bits of garlic. They were both very crispy and actually very enjoyable. They were so fresh and pipping hot out of the oil that the fries actually burnt the inside of my cheek and I couldn't appreciate fully my experience in Berkeley's Ghetto Gourmet (Roar!).
You'll notice a plentiful amount of grilled onions on the burger , very fresh very delicious. My biggest problem with the condiments on this burger was the lettuce. A very boring piece of iceberg lettuce. If you're going to change me $7 for a hamburger at least make it NOT LOOK LIKE AN IN AND OUT BURGER. Put in some Red Leaf Butter lettuce maybe? I mean the hamburger already has thousand island dressing. Does In&Out know you're infringing on their trademark hamburger? You can put your burger in a fancy spancy onion bun (which was delicious by the way) but the burger has the same thin piece of beef, small slice of tomato, and crappy piece of lettuce that ALWAYS falls out of the burger.
There was barely any sauce in the burger, so you're really tasting alot of the bun, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Notice how I didn't mention the flavor of the patty??
You can't mention the flavor if there is no flavor. you'd think that when you pick up a burger and the juices are dripping out of it , there'd be some reminiscence of juicy flavors.
Oh no, not in this case. The meat patty is way too thin to hold any flavor in. It tastes like really lean ground beef which is great and healthy but apart from there there was nothing.
I'm not quite sure about my experience here. From the tone of my post you probably think I don't like it, but i'm still very much up in the air. I didn't think the patty itself had enough flavor, but I really liked the onions, the bun, and the fries. I devoured the thing so it probably can't be half bad.
Matt really liked his burger, so it could have just been me.
So give it a shot!
1101 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037
there was this crazy seagull just chilling in the street daring cars to hit it. It would run up to the sidewalk whenever a fry fell and then would hurry back into the middle of the road. When the traffic became too heavy it decided to claim its stake on the neighboring car's hood.