best burger ever--at a French restaurant!
How ironic. I've just had the best burger and fries I've had in, maybe EVER, and it was from a French restaurant! Well, kind of French--Comme Ca in WeHo. I cannot believe how good it was. I went in for brunch, all set for some sort of egg dish, but the burger sounded good so...oh my, I'm glad I did! The meat was excellent quality, very flavorful--not to lean, not to fatty, and cooked to medium rare perfection. The bun is brioche, and the cheese is a great cheddar. It really tastes like a classic burger, with no need for the "exotic" toppings like bleu cheese or caramelized onions--(NOT that there's anything wrong with that, it just makes it a totally different sandwich...) And the fries...real pommes frites, definitely twice fried, served with a wonderful aioli. (I asked for a bit of fleur de sel to top them with, and was immediately obliged) And just when we thought we couldn't eat another bite, the wonderful man behind the cheese station (yeah! a cheese station!) offered us some hot gougeres, fresh from the oven...SO delicious...these were probably how the term "melt in your mouth" got its start. I will definitely be back to try more things, but from now on, when I want an amazing burger, this is where I will go.
If you ever find yourself in Laguna Beach at mealtime try the burger at Brussels Bistro on Forest Avenue. This Belgian bistro has a full menu and Stella Artois on tap and the burger is just incredible. It's served on a wood board, on thick-cut French Bread and comes with a small field green salad, Belgian fries (YUM!!!!!) and a great aoli. When we first discovered this place the burger was $9.95 and it's now $11.50 but it's still well worth every penny. Who'da thunk French bistros could get a burger so right.