I miss my neighbor city to the north and my temporary home for a year: Los Angeles. I miss their restaurants, both the hole-in-the-wall and trendy ones, the shops, the different neighborhoods, occasional star-sighting and the fact there’s always something to do. But I also enjoy being back in my hometown San Diego where work is only 10 minutes away and I don’t need a map to navigate the streets.
So when I heard about Burger Lounge and ate their burgers, it made me miss Los Angeles more. In the tiny Kensington neighborhood (which reminds me of Eagle Rock) and open since October, they already have people filling the place to eat their burgers. It’s also the first place I’ve been to in San Diego where they have cupcakes displayed prominently on their counter: red velvet, Hostess-like cupcakes and peanut butter chocolate. It’s something I have not seen in San Diego other than here.
The burgers are made with grass-fed beef; other options include a grilled turkey burger with fresh basil and a vegetarian “quinoa” burger (all $6.95). Non-burger options are chicken tenders on a stick, french fries, onion rings, a variety of salads and milkshakes. Burger Lounge touts the health benefits of grass fed beef which include omega-3 and high in antioxidants.
After having a taste of Paul’s burger and finishing off my own turkey burger, the turkey version was far and away better. Paul disagrees but the inclusion of basil into my burger made it taste fresher without it being too overwhelming. All burgers are on a fresh “Lounge” bun with iceberg lettuce, tomato, 1000 island dressing (made in the store), choice of cheddar, American or Swiss cheese and an optional onion slice.
The fries and rings were nothing out of the ordinary and although I would have a burger again, I would definitely skip any fried accompaniments. Eating in the tiny, trendy, orange-tinted establishment instantly transported me to one of the hipper places in L.A. where the young go out to have a burger without resorting to a fast food establishment.
The one thing I truly enjoy about this place, although slightly pretentious, is that it’s another unique eatery in an already cool neighborhood. The night I went to eat, it seemed like everyone was out and about walking their dog, taking their cubs out for a stroll or seeing a flick at the indie movie theater, The Ken.
As for my Los Angeles fever, I’m due for a visit soon: to visit some old haunts and to visit this gallery showing. See you there!
There is another Burger Lounge in La Jolla located at 1101 Wall Street. (I’m prohibited from going into La Jolla.)