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I'd like to take a group of fellow lady foodies to Tioli's Crazy Burger in North Park, but would like some CH feedback first. Two of us are vegetarians, the others eat meat. Do you think this place can accomodate both types of foodies, and are the burgers any good? The menu looks tasty, but you never know until you talk to someone who has tried the cuisine!

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  1. You going for lunch or dinner? If dinner, I'd urge you to instead go to Ritual Tavern. The burgers are better, and it's better for vegetarians, IMO.

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    1. re: Josh

      hey josh..
      never been to Ritual..do they have a patty melt?

      1. re: Beach Chick

        Hey BC, you seem to be on a serious patty melt hunt. How about organizing a patty melt Crawl? Ever do a 'Chow Crawl', they're a lot of fun.

        1. re: cstr

          Pardon the interruption, but if any of you want to organize a patty melt crawl (sounds like fun), please follow our guidelines (linked to below) for organizing Chowdowns.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36760...

          Thanks!

        2. re: Beach Chick

          No, they don't. They do make their own ketchup and mustard, though.

      2. I like Tioli's for a post-work burger and beer. With that said, it's not particularly vegetarian friendly. The burgers are good, though. It's a very laid-back, dive-y atmosphere.

        If you're thinking of alternatives, I'd pick Urban Solace.

        1. Tioli's has a veggie burger, and more options if your vegetarian friends eat fish. I tried their salmon burger last week and it was pretty tasty- although a little bit overcooked. Their hamburgers are good, but that said, I agree with Josh that I would choose the Ritual over Tioli's. Both the portobello sandwich and the burger at the Ritual are better than their counterparts at Tioli's, and as a bonus, you can get the porter shake for dessert.

          1. One big advantage of Caryz Burger is that you can often watch the only interesting sport on their TV ;)=> Soccer. Especially the German Bundesliga.

            1. thanks all..
              I can't imagine 4 patty melts..maybe a quarter or less for taste.we don't want to use the electric paddle if we can help it.
              sdnativa..I will be happy to escort you over to Nunu's..
              Fake..I twitter but not here..
              Josh..thanks for the heads up on the ketchup and mustard..very noble of ritual
              phee..you are officially counted in
              debren.. ; )
              cstr..thanks to you on starting this.

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                Your quite welcome.

                I just responded to Fake Name, here's how you work the crawl. It's not that bad, example you have 8 hounders in the crawl, at each place you buy 2 patty melts and cut it in quarters to sample and rate. So if the crawl involves 4 places each hounder eats the equivilent of 1 patty melt.

                Also, you can ask CH moderator to sticky the crawl and it will be posted up top Go for it!

              2. Thanks for the input. We have been to Ritual and didn't care for it. I liked the portobello mushroom burger, but chose it due to lack of other options. Ditto for my friends. I think we'll stick with Tioli's since its new to all of us and they do have the salmon burger. I'll make sure to ask that it be cooked a bit rare.

                1. i went with a similar group (lady foodies on a quest for the best burger in SD) a couple months ago. we were underwhelmed. i happened to be on a vegetarian cleanse kick for a month and had the veggie burger, which was pre-formed. my co-workers both had burgers which did look hand-formed. everyone's reaction was pretty meh. divey and meh, not a good combo...

                  i'd skip it entirely and go to urban solace, jayne's gastropub (best burger in town IMO, we crave the pickled onions), or guild. guild revamped their menu (no more small sharing plates format) and their burger is really kick ass!

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                  1. re: beachbunnySD

                    After reading your review, bb, I'm inclined to skip this place. Sorry to hear you had a lousy experience. My girlfriends have discerning yet modest tastes, so I think we'll move on. The same group and I were very underwhelmed by the food at Jayne's, and I refuse to spend what little cash I have at a place that didn't impress me the first time. You mentioned the Guild changed their menu, can you tell me if they have good veggie options?

                    1. re: ginael

                      we went to guild strictly for the burger, so i wasn't zoned in on the rest of the menu and can't speak to the veggie options. we do really love the space there though, and how they've married the fabrication shop to the restaurant. very cool. we only recently discovered jayne's and i've never had a bad experience there. pricey - agreed, but i so love the back patio with the myrtle and lemon trees.

                      1. re: ginael

                        Neighborhood in downtown SD has great burgers, including a house-made veggie burger that they make from beets. They have a lot of veggie options, and the prices are reasonable. Beer selection is also good.

                        1. re: Josh

                          we really like neighborhood for burgers as well. but have found they have not perfected the art of medium rare... or more specifically we've never gotten our burger cooked as we've ordered it, be it medium or medium rare. never tried their veggie burger, but my veggie friends have, and they love it.

                          1. re: beachbunnySD

                            Huh, weird. I've had numerous rare burgers there.