Praise the mighty hamburger, part IBottom Highlights, Dining Monday, January 9th, 2012
There is one food that defines the United States like no other. Not even the classic apple pie can compete with … the hamburger. With thousands of variations, this American favorite is adored by us and by people throughout the world.
So, where are the most delectable burgers in town? Here’s part one of a rundown on the best meat between two buns.
Brazen BBQ Smokehouse and Bar
Brazen’s tasty and juicy Smokehouse Burger ($8.99) is a certified Angus beef patty seasoned with their Outlaw rub, topped with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, roasted tomato, B.R.A.G. BBQ sauce and tobacco onions. Honorable mention goes to their Bread Pudding topped with Bourbon sauce – it’s the best you’ll find in town!
Big Kitchen Café
No one does it like Judy – The Beauty on Duty at the Big Kitchen in Golden Hill, famous for her selections of tofu burgers, veggie burgers, Germaine’s ghetto burger and one of my all time favorite’s the Hilo Burger ($10.75). This delight is an all beef patty with chopped bacon, fresh grilled pineapple, jack cheese and BBQ sauce.
Boomerangs Gourmet Burger Joint
This is a build your own burger joint and I had way too many options to choose from! Finally, I built an all natural Angus beef patty, prepared medium rare, and stuffed it with gorgonzola, bacon, garlic, jalapeños, habanero ketchup and jalapeno mustard. It’s naughty, but very, very nice. ($9)
Shakespeare Pub and Grille
It is rumored that the British are not known for their cuisine, but I strongly disagree. British fare is no nonsense meat, chicken and roasted yummy goodness. The Big Ben Burger ($7.25) is a half pound beef patty with blue or cheddar cheese, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and HP Sauce. Add English chips and a good pint and you have the makings of a great afternoon.
Lotus Café Hillcrest or Encinitas
For you health nuts the Gandhi Burger ($6.95) is your passport to pleasure. A delicious vegetable patty on a whole wheat bun, lettuce, tomato, sprouts and Thousand Island dressing.
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