The Counter Burger -- Anyone tried? [moved from SF Bay board]
Has anyone tried The Counter Burger on California Ave in Palo Alto? I've watched the signs for it go up and now I'm anxious to give it a whirl. Has anyone had it yet? Any tips on the can't miss sauces, topppings, etc?
I've been to the Counter in LA (Santa Monica) a few times. While the meat is good, I'm not a big fan of many of the sauces/toppings. They are really trying to do too much there and the quality is spread thin. There vegetable side was inedible too. The decor is great and the concept is fun. They are selling franchises now, so this is what the Palo Alto location is.
I live about 3 minutes from the Santa Monica location.
The whole point of The Counter is the design-your-own-burger aspect, which works very well in L.A. and I suspect will be a hit in Palo Alto.
The Counter was lots of fun, at first, but the quality of the service has declined in recent months. It's still popular and usually packed.
Here's the menu: http://www.thecounterburger.com/order...
Note they also serve beer, wine and drinks at the L.A. location, just in case you don't feel like having a milkshake.
Went there this past weekend (they were having a special sneak peak opening with all the proceeds going to charity). Ordered a 1/3 lb turkey burger with jalapeno jack, grilled onions, lettuce blend, roasted red peppers, scallions, fried onion strings, and roasted garlic aioli sauce on a honey wheat bun. It was amazing. Afterwards, my friend Tim decided to order one with every single possible topping. If anyone's interested in reading about it, check out http://jimmylin.imeem.com/blogentry/8... .
BTW, I actually tried to go again today but they were closed for lunch! Hopefully they will be open full-time soon! And apparently (at least according to Tim), they have pretty good beer there too.
Here's a link to a recent thread discussing the original location of the Counter in Santa Monica. The discussion spans the service model, the food, and worries about how franchising will affect the quality. Personally, I'm not a fan, but perhaps the franchisee in SF will take a different approach than the flagship in Santa Monica.