During the past eight years abroad, there were lots of things I missed about life in the US. Eating “strange” foods a lot of the time in Asia, one often misses the basics. For me, that was pizza, Mexican food and cheeeeeeseburgers.
On the few occasions I did make visits to the US, I would enthusiastically request that my first meal be In-N-Out Burger. Didn’t matter if my plane landed at 10:00am or 10:00pm, I needed my cheeseburger. In-N-Out was my first meal when I returned from Japan back in 2007.
This past Wednesday, I attended the Taste of Little Italy event. (You can read my post about that HERE.) One of the better restaurants was the Burger Lounge, which offered fist-sized “sliders” of beef or veggie burgers (officially Grilled Lounge/BL Vegetarian on their menu). They were both delicious. With some restaurants offering samples in jello-shot sized containers, a generous sample was welcomed and memorable.
So my friend Michelle and I decided to return to Burger Lounge yesterday to have a casual night out in Little Italy and downtown for the Memorial Day weekend. On this visit (and trust me, there will be many more), I opted for the Grilled Turkey Burger, while Michelle went for the Crispy Chicken Tenders, served on a stick. We also shared the 1/2 and 1/2 of the nicely seasoned onion rings and french fries. This second visit resulted in lots of flavors dancing on my tongue and making me a very happy girl. I loooove a good burger! The Turkey Burger has the perfect amount of basil with the white cheddar cheese complimenting the creation nicely. The chicken tenders were definitely crispy, offering good texture and a scrumptious bite.
Burger Lounge is dedicated to serving high-quality products which are super tasty, as well as being environmentally friendly and healthy. The beef is all natural, 100% forage/grain fed, free-range moo moos. All animals are hormone, antibiotic and byproduct free. Great focus is placed on the source of the food they serve. In addition to their burgers, BL serves tossed salads and cupcakes for dessert. I’m looking forward to trying both of these items.
The Little Italy location is a great spot and I imagine I will take advantage of their patio dining in the warmer summer months. Another Burger Lounge is due to open in the GasLamp Quarter soon. You can also find them in Coronado, Hillcrest, Kensington and La Jolla.
While I still love In-N-Out, I am 100% sold on the Burger Lounge quality, taste and experience. Folks, I have found my new burger heaven.
Likes: Pretty much all of it at this point.
Dislikes: Pretty much nothing.
Burger Lounge is located at:
1608 India St.
(at the corner of Cedar)
San Diego, CA 92101