Food Adventure Collage.

carnitas snack shack. c-level. world famous. woodstocks. terra american bistro. buddies. corbins. casey's cupcakes. mandarin beijing. nazca grill. eiffel tower restaurant. gordan ramsay burgr. in-n-out. bankers hill bar and grill. los primos. bistro sixty. ruth's chris.


... to a place I like to call my very own. *waving hello*

I invite you to enjoy reading about the food adventures that I have with friends, family, and colleagues.

I adore food and I cannot just choose one particular food that is my fave.

Food is really is my favorite. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Burger Quest 10-11 Results

After ten months of burger (and fries) eating at twenty San Diego restaurants.... the results are finally in for what we [the judges] consider the best burger in San Diego

The judging criteria for each burger were as followed (1-5 point rating):
  • Presentation
  • Temperature
  • Cooked to your liking
  • Bread rating
  • Freshness of toppings
  • Overall taste
  • Overall impression
...and so, after mathematically tallying up the results, I give you the top five restaurants with a mighty darn good burger.  Enjoy!

#5 .... Burger Lounge

[grilled lounge burger]

The Grilled Lounge Burger.... organic whole wheat bun, all-natural grass-fed beef, real American cheese (not processed), fresh iceberg lettuce and tomato, grilled onions (or raw onions, if you like), housemade thousand island dressing... what more can you ask for?  They also make a super delicious Grilled Turkey Burger, made with dark meat chicken and fresh basil.

Rating: 28.14 / 35.00

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["the best burger in town"]

The Best Burger in Town is what The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma named this burger.  It is really is delicious piece of art.  Pair this gem with a pint of beer on Tuesdays for $15 -- and you've got a great weekly deal called 'Burger + Beer Tuesdays'.  The burger includes a Con Pane freshly baked bun, Meyer Ranch ground chuck, pickles, greens, aioli, and crispy pomme frites.  Yum...

Rating:  28.29 / 35.00

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#3 .... Neighborhood
[the neighborhood burger]

Neighborhood off of G Street in downtown SD serves eclectic, pretty cool, and savory dishes.  They have a few burgers on their menu, including one vegetarian black bean burger.  The Neighborhood Burger [caramelized onions + gruyere + blue cheese + arugula] and the 777 Burger [baby spinach + tomato confit + bearnaise sauce] were both rated, having the NH burger the most popular reviewed.  The bun is soft and the arugula gives off a balanced peppery flavor to enhance the burger tasting experience. 

Rating:  29.71 / 35.00

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#2 .... Whisknladle

[wnl niman ranch burger]

This may deceive you and looks like a egg sandwich, but nope... the WNL Niman Ranch Burger pretty much screams "I am worth the $17.90."  Even splitting the burger is totally worth it (pictured above is a split plate between the hubby and I).  The WNL burger comes with flavorful artisan cheeses, house cured bacon, caramelized onions.... all topped off with a fried egg.  *drool*

Rating:  30.00 / 35.00

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...and the BURGER QUEST winner is .... Jaynes Gastropub!

[jayne burger]

Jaynes Gastropub's 'Jayne Burger' was a clear choice due to its deliciousness and uniqueness it has to offer their guests.  The Jayne Burger consists of fresh Niman Ranch ground beef, Vermont cheddar, dark greens, garlic aioli, and the secret ingredient... house pickled onions.  You can enjoy this juicy burger with a plate of crispy pomme frites for $16, or stop by on a Tuesday for a Jayne Burger AND any draft beer for $16.

Rating:  32.00 / 35.00 

Congratulations to Jaynes Gastropub - Burger Quest Winner 2010-2011!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Western Steakburger - North Park

[counter top where you order at Western Steakburger]

If you are in the mood to be a little bad and want to treat yourself to a little grease, what the heck... grab a burger from Western Steakburger in North Park.  That's what the hubby and I did, but we decided to split a burger because we knew that that we were about to embark on an unforgivable and massive caloric intake.

Western Steakburger was a candidate on my burger quest, however... the burger that we ordered was not one that I initially rated.  When my assistant, Dan, gave me a gift certificate, we visited Western Steakburger for lunch and took the suggestion of our friend, Q, who claims that the pastrami burger is a really delicious burger.  Oh, pastrami.... you are one of my favorite deli meats.  

All burgers at Western Steakburger are 1/2 pounders, except for their 1/4 pound steakburger, which is a bbq'd burger with all the fixings... mayo, ketchup, mustard, relish, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion.  Their 1/2 lb. burgers they offer are the Western Deluxe (topped with gyro meat ), Wild West Burger (BBQ sauce, gyros, bacon and grilled onions), Hawaiian Burger (topped with grilled pineapple rings), and one with chili, to name a few.  Western Steakburger also serves greek specialities like quarter broiled chicken, gyro sandwiches, kabobs, Greek salads, and spanakopita.  Note: They are closed on Sundays and only accept cash.

[pastrami + burger]

Once at the counter, Mike and I came up with our eating plan:  split the 1/2 lb. burger with pastrami and grilled onions [$6.50], side of fries [$1.85] and onion rings [$3.75], two canned sodas [$2.50], and a small 2 oz. side of thousand island for fry/ring dipping [$0.50] (suggestion according to a Yelper).   We paid a little over $16.00 for lunch.

The cook brought out our onion rings first....

Our plate o' onion rings came out fresh out of the fryer and onto a paper plate.  For $3.75, they were definitely overpriced and definitely frozen.  They were crispy and had OK flavor (for a frozen onion ring), but, sorry to say... I will not order these again.  They just not worth the price, given the quality.  The addition of the thousand island did not do much either.

Let's talk about the pastrami burger.  I must admit, it was really greasy and messy, but it was very good in flavor.  The taste of the bbq'd burger reminded me of a simple backyard barbecued burger patty, which I do enjoy.  The addition of the pastrami made the taste even better since I love pastrami.  I do wish the pastrami was grilled a bit longer to get crispier edges, but it still was good.  The bread was a regular sesame seed hamburger bun and the french fries were also clearly frozen. Mike calls these type of fries 'bowling alley fries'.  

All in all, the pastrami burger was good and the sides were not-so-great.  I do like that the owner is familiar with all the regulars that come in and is very friendly to all guests.  I plan on coming back for a gyro sandwich which seemed like a popular choice during lunch time when we were there. 
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