The Counter: Custom Built Burgers, Los Angeles

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Restaurant Week...or a bit longer" continues on the blog. I'm cleaning up unfinished restaurant posts, and sharing all the eating out I've been doing lately.

My friends and I went to The Counter recently. I always like to be in control of my ingredients, and The Counter offers that. Although on this trip, it was more like they were in control.

The Counter Restaurant, Los Angeles
We started with the delicious sweet potato fries. I could eat these everyday (although that doesn't sound like a good idea)! It comes with a Russian dressing-type dipping sauce.

The Counter Restaurant, Los Angeles
First, just to you know. Our group was famished by the time we got around to getting lunch. We were sooooo hungry. I filled out my order sheet and turned in an order for chicken on a bed of lettuce. However, it wasn't until I ate 95% of the salad did I realize that I didn't get the salad I ordered! I added avocado to my order and selected a different dressing and toppings. But this one was pretty good...and, again, I was so hungry I didn't notice! :)

The Counter Restaurant, Los Angeles
Beef burger with cheese, bacon and grilled onions. Yes, you can add additional meat to your meat.

The Counter Restaurant, Los Angeles
Turkey Burger on multigrain bun

I really like The Counter. Some people think it is a little pricey for a burger joint (burgers start at $8.50 and go to $13.50), but I will go anywhere for those fries. Hee hee.

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Mary said... [Reply to comment]

Hey Chica,
I love counter burger...we have one in Connecticut..I always get a little overwhelmed and order something random/excessive. :)

Sunset said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Mary! I recently found out about The Counter. I have been to the Pasadena location twice. Obviously, I am a fan. But I did experience the same not-what-I-ordered moment. Maybe the extensive checklist is to blame. Either the colors are wrong or the design is off that the burger builders prob can't see all that's been checked off?

vanillasugarblog said... [Reply to comment]

oh those sweet potato fries. i am so glad those are common now. weren't so common some 5 years ago.

Ariel said... [Reply to comment]

I love the counter and those sweet potato fries are incredibly addictive. My boyfriend requests that they bring them WITH the burgers that way we don't fill up on fries, leaving no room for burgers!

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said... [Reply to comment]

I finally got enzo to try sweet potato fries this week. It was a proud moment for our family.

Kathy - Panini Happy said... [Reply to comment]

Looks like you ordered well! I just tried the Carlsbad location a few weeks ago and had one of the best burgers I've had in a while. I went with sundried tomatoes, Manchego and grilled onions on an onion bun with chipotle aioli on the side. Next time I'll go for the sweet potato fries - I went with the crispy onions I'm afraid they were a little too salty (and I can take a little salt!).

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

My boss was just raving about the counter today. Now, I work just down the street from one. Must try.

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

Looks super delicious Mary. Now I know what I want for lunch - a huge plate of sweet potato fries!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

your photos make everything look delicious!

Amie said... [Reply to comment]

So glad you tested this place! I've never been here but run by it all the time and it's always packed. My bf and I always complain about the name - how it's not a very good name. The counter? they must have been able to think of something better than that.

It looks delicious thought - those carmelized onions!? Yummmmm

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

We have The Counter here in Denver as well as I love to order the half onion shoestrings and the sweet potato fries. Mmmm!

Miss Chessman said... [Reply to comment]

Mary, I wish I'd found your blog before I was in LA visiting last week. I would have gotten so many good ideas of places to visit. From one food librarian to another, keep up the good work!

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