Location: Burger Lounge has six locations in San Diego in the Gaslamp, Hillcrest, Kensington, Little Italy, Coronado and La Jolla areas. They are now expanding to Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
Price Range: $
Premium burgers with four types of patties
Who makes the best burger in California? In a showdown between In-N-Out, Five Guys
and San Diego's Burger Lounge, there are no clear winners. The fact is,
they're all amazing in their own juicy, grilled-to-perfection way.
My friend Laura introduced me to Burger Lounge during a yoga weekend in the Gaslamp Quarter, and I was smitten. Although I was expecting some ultra-modern hipster's lounge, the restaurant is small and simple with a walk-up order counter and big menu on the wall.
Take your pick of grass-fed beef, free-range turkey or wild Alaskan
salmon. Each is topped with crispy lettuce, sliced tomatoes, melted
white cheddar or American cheese, and onions (fresh or grilled).
My wild salmon burger was the bomb, topped with a homemade barbecue
glaze and fried green tomatoes. Laura's turkey burger was also amazing,
filled with loads of fresh chopped basil. Unfortunately I can't vouch
for the beef burger, but if the other two are an indication, it has to
Unlike the other two burger chains, you can order booze at Burger
Lounge. They serve local San Diego craft beers and premium wines, along with
organic root sodas and shakes for the kiddos. Vegetarians can enjoy the
fresh vegetable salad or organic veggie burger — made with quinoa,
zucchini, carrots, corn and brown rice.
I enjoyed Burger Lounge so much that I wanted to return again the next
night. It was that good. So go ahead — check 'em out. The menu is
simple, the food spot-on.
Burger Lounge West Hollywood and Burger Lounge Beverly Hills are the two
latest additions to this growing chain. It's only a matter of time
before they take over California. Visit them online at http://burgerlounge.com