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!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bunz Burger Joint - Mission Valley

I know, this post is about San Diego Burger Week..... so, yeah, it's *very* late, like really late.  Better late than never... here we go! 

I finally made it out to enjoy a $5 burger during San Diego CityBeat's Burger Week, which was from March 7 through March 16.  After browsing through all the restaurants offering delicious gourmet burgers, I chose Bunz Burger Joint in Mission Valley.  

Bunz Burger Joint is a sister restaurant of one of my favorite restaurants, Terra American Bistro in El Cajon. Like Terra, Bunz is a farm-to-table restaurant offering all-natural beef, utilizing the very best local ingredients and serving local beer.    

M and I visited for a late lunch on Thursday afternoon on our day off.  The burger joint is located in Hotel Circle in Mission Valley and is connected to a Days Inn Motel. It is such a random location, but don't let the location fool you. I was surprised that it is a sit-down restaurant.  Here are a few shots from the inside:

Bunz serves breakfast dishes, burgers, hot dogs, 'concrete' ice cream concoctions and milk shakes.  We were excited to experience BURGER WEEK at Bunz.

My hubby thought that all of the burgers were $5.00 (ooops, my mistake for not clarifying) and he chose one that they serve at Terra, the Bistro ($7.95). The Bistro comes with gorgonzola, caramelized onions, lettuce and tomato. It's SO GOOD. 

Bunz gives you a choice of the bun (brioche, whole wheat, ciabatta or lettuce wrap) and the type of protein (grass fed beef, citrus grilled chicken, turkey patty, or vegetarian black bean patty).  M chose the whole wheat bun with a turkey patty. He also added garlic fries for an extra $2.00. 

Bunz' Burger Week burger was called the "Hang Ten" ($5.00) -- served on a brioche bun, this burger had 1/3 pounds of all-natural beef, citrus coleslaw, homemade potato chips (what?), caramelized onions, beer-thyme mustard and homemade ketchup.  

I could not pass up their yummy garlic fries either ($2.00). We definitely had garlic breath when we left Bunz. 

The Hang Ten burger had two of my favorite "sides" in it: potato chips and coleslaw, so it was a "match made in heaven".  The flavors were good, texture from the crunchy components were nice, and the tang from the mustard and acidity from the slaw went well with the meat and the savory onions. It was a really good burger!  The brioche bun was a bit dry, but it was still pretty good all together. 

DESSERT time.  Yeah, why not?  *smirk*  We split a caramel/vanilla milkshake ($5.10), which they put into two glasses without us asking (a plus!). 

Anything with caramel -- I LOVE.  Plus, add my favorite ice cream flavor.... vanilla.  It was a delicious, simple, perfectly made milkshake.  

The staff was very friendly, the food was delicious, and I really want to try their breakfast items.  Like I mentioned, it is in a really random spot, but having a farm-to-table burger joint in town is always a plus!

475 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108


Mary said...

I heard that this place was connected with Terra! We went here once a long time ago and had terrible service here... but I think it's about time to revisit, especially since they are linked with Terra. The burgers look awesome and it's nice that you can customize the bun/innards just the way you want them!

Janice D. said...

Hi Mary! That stinks that you had bad service here. Yeah, the burger I had was really good, not to mention their yummy garlic fries. The garlic flavor stayed in my mouth for a while, beware! Haha. Have a nice trip! :)

caninecologne said...

I've wondered about this place! Your post will be my "preview"! :) i happened to drive by it last year when a friend was showing me a "short cut" to get to Hillcrest up the hill.

Janice D. said...

Hey CC - haha, thanks! I hope you like it as much as I did. Like I said, the bun was kinda dry, but everything else made up for it. I loved the garlic fries.

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