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Coming Soon to Calgary: loungeburger?

As seen on the Macleod Trail side of the pedestrian level of OPUS's Stampede Station building at 1331 Macleod Trail SE (directly East of the Nuera development and in the same building as ATB): COMING SOON - loungeburger. NOW HIRING.
A quick Google search turned up nothing local and no franchise information for a chain.
Has anyone heard of this place?

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  1. Haven't heard anything of it. I'll assume this will be similar to Tommy Burger (which would be fine by me!)...

      1. re: John Manzo

        Spoke with the brother of one of the owners, and the name (LoungeBurger) says it all. It's quite a large operation (4 or 5K sqft), and is currently scheduled to open June 15.

      2. I received an e-mail response from one of the partners today and he said that the concept will be "a gourmet "build your own" burger restaurant/lounge" and will also have "appys, sliders, desserts and some select entrees".
        They currently plan on opening in mid-September.

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        1. re: sidepockets

          Sounds promising. Anything like The Works in Ottawa? They have build your own burgers and milkshakes that are better then Peter's.

            1. re: alau2

              Got an email forward for a loungeburger pre-opening tasting event this saturday from 12-4. Charity event, burger and beer will be $5. Email said set to open mid Sept...

        2. After much anticipation, I made it down to loungeburger for their opening today. While not as good as the bison burger with creamed mushrooms and applewood cheddar on a pretzel bun that I had at their pre-opening tasting, today's sandwich was a product of my own creation and still one of the better I have tasted.
          The decor feels very much like any Milestone's or Moxie's around. The service left a bit to be desired but was still efficient and we cut them some slack for it being opening day. Price points are around $12 - $20 for a burger & fries straight off the menu - a bit more if you try to create your own.
          Highlights today's meal were the pretzel bun that I based my burger on, the creamed mushrooms on my cohort's burger, the curry ketchup and the yam fries. The Ahi Tuna burger left a lot to be desired (three slices of rare tuna on a slice of focaccia with sprouts and cucumber). They obtained their liquor license right as we were leaving.

          1. We tried it tonight, a few opening night glitches (eg. the pre-game crowd had cleaned them out of the AAA beef burger and onion rings). I wasn't sure what to expect, their online menu www.loungeburger.com didn't have any prices. I'm always leery of places that don't post prices on their online menus (kind of like if you have to ask...) but their prices were really reasonable. The (out of stock) AAA beef burger, with bacon, cheddar and choice of side (fries, salad etc.) is $11, we had the butters beef (organic and hormone-free) for $12.50 including a caesar salad on the side. About 7-8oz, housemade patty, very nice. The Alberta sliders trio had about 2 oz each of beef, bison and elk in teeny buns that were brioche-like (ie golden and slightly chewy). The elk was a little dry, not my favourite, but the others were moist, pink and yummy, $11 and about the same amount of food as one burger. Overall the food was very good, and quite a good deal.

            Some beefs (pun intended): the beer was not so much a good deal. 16oz pints, $6.75 for domestic and $7.50 for import, a little on the pricey side (usually those prices are for 20oz pints). The game was on and the volume was very loud, which would be OK on the lounge side (with TV's everywhere, including little ones in the booths like Tommy Burger) but not so great on the restaurant side where there's only one TV and presumably people don't want to have to shout to hear eachother over the TV noise. Maybe it's only when the Flames are on.

            Beautiful space, huge granite bar with booths done up in dark brown and cream colours. It's a great addition to the neighbourhood, I'm sure they will do very well.

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            1. re: hsk

              We hit loungeburger last night and HSK's review was pretty bang-on.

              I had the Bison burger with creamed mushrooms and onion rings. Both were great, and my partner and I devoured the onion rings (which are dipped and/or marinated in honey prior to deep frying). Best I've had in awhile.

              My partner had the kobe beef sliders with a side of fries. The sliders were great, but the fries were a bit on the soggy side.
              Service was good and when I was prying for the background on the onion rings the server was happy to go ask the kitchen when she didn't know the answers.

              The sound issue seems to have been addressed - the ambience was fine - no blaring TV's on the dining side and prices were decent for what you get.

              Lastly - it's kid friendly although it seems a little more upscale. They happily accommodated our 2 year old.

              All in all - great food, decent prices.

            2. Checked out the menu. So Calgary finally has a place to get a $50 burger, well, $40 burger.

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                1. re: John Manzo

                  Really? Where? I'd heard about it in New York, but not here. Not that I'd order one, I think $50 is overpriced for a steak, never mind a burger.

                  1. re: hsk

                    I read a little while ago that tangerine had this Kobe Beef Burger there that they were charging about 50 bucks for. Can't confirm it anymore as there is no menu (or anything for that matter) on their site.

                    On a personal note, I think Kobe Beef Burgers (not Kobe Beef) are bit overrated. When the been is grounded or chopped up, I think the taste difference between good beef and kobe beef are minimal.

                    1. re: ilikebigmactoo

                      IMO, the fat does taste different in a Kobe beef burger. That's why I wish loungeburger would let the patty speak for itself rather than drenching it in mayo, aioli and butter.

                2. im working a block away and tried it for lunch last week ,im stil waiting for my sliders.what a joke ,hour and a half to get 3 over priced cold sliders.idont know is it was an off day,but i had 3 waitresses ask me for my order,it was like a free for all ,nobody had there own section and they were all confused .tolk me 20 minutes to pay my bill .they did take 20 percent of the bill for the wait thou(did not even have to ask,mabye they do it out of habit)i sure hope this dosent happen to everyone.perhaps it was because i had a hardhat and not a suit.money is still the same

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                  1. re: howlin

                    We tried it again last week, the kobe beef sliders were dry and not worth the money ($15 for 3, the $11 beef/elk/bison ones were much better). I've never had kobe beef before, it didn't taste any different from regular beef. AAA beef burger was great but seemed smaller than last time (5-6oz, not 7-8oz IMHO), although to be fair they don't say how big it is on the menu. The calamari was good, and the service was fine - maybe because we were in suits :-) lunch only took 45 minutes or so.

                    1. re: hsk

                      sliders are a joke ANYWHERE that doesn't have a 'white castle' or 'krystal' sign out front. when are people gonna jump off this BS bandwagon and realize these things things overpriced and under-delivered? you're just paying for the trend-factor.

                      but i'm curious - what kind of bread are they serving these sliders on? please don't tell me it's ciabatta (although to be honest i would somewhat expect this).

                      1. re: nonlinear

                        "when are people gonna jump off this BS bandwagon" I've often wondered the same thing.

                        1. re: nonlinear

                          Not sure that's entirely true. I had sliders at the bear and kilt on stephen avenue a few months back, and since it was happy hour special, it was pretty good value. Three sliders (which were actually probably 4" dia) and a pint for $12 (I could have the price wrong, but I remember thinking when they arrived, "wow, that's pretty good value"). They were on regular buns as I recall.

                          1. re: marcopolo

                            Barley Mill's sliders are a good value too. 5 for $10, and a decent amount of food.

                          2. re: nonlinear

                            The pic posted on the blog link below shows the bread - it's kind of brioche-like, a little yellow inside and browned crust. Much taller than the white castle bread you posted on the other thread. It's hard to get an idea of the size in the pic but only about 2-1/2" or so in diameter and about the same in height (including the stuff in it).

                            I think sliders are great to try 3 different ones for the price of a meal but the kobe were all the same, I think I should have had the kobe burger instead, I don't think that would have been so dry (although it would pain me to order a $20 burger).

                            1. re: nonlinear

                              the bread i got was little hamberger buns ,real dry(because they forgot my order in the kitchen)this place is a joke ,from my first impression.save your money .go to boogies

                        2. I was at Loungeburger earlier today. You can smell the burgers from a block away, which is a good sign! To me, it doesn't seem much like a lounge, more of a sports bar and restaurant like Moxie's. The music was loud rock (Nickelback, Offspring, etc), although not so loud I couldn't have a conversation, and there were two TVs showing hockey. I was on the restaurant side.

                          The place was completely packed with people having a burger before the hockey game, but the service was excellent. Really fast, and nice servers.

                          We had some pints to start, and the fry spectacular appetizer, which was regular, waffle cut and sweet potato fries with three dips. The sweet potato fries had a bit too much cheap-tasting seasoning salt, but the regular fries were excellent, if you like potato skin flavour. The dips were nice: I believe they were garlic aioli, curry aioli. and sriracha/roasted red pepper.

                          My date ordered the fish tacos. The fish itself was small breaded/deep fried chunks of tilapia, with way too much salt. Still, the 4 corn tortillas were fresh and it came with some good toppings.

                          I had the $20 Kobe beef burger. I really wanted to love it, but it was too oily. The pretzel bun was fried in butter, and there was both mayo and horseradish ailoi on the rich and fatty beef.

                          I guess the lesson is, don't go expecting a relaxed lounge, and do expect a lot of mayo and salt on your food. Also, as hsk said, keep in mind that the pints are 16 oz.

                          1. http://calgaryisawesome.com/?p=4843

                            never knew this blog existed! pretty sweet photos, I was actually just trying to figure out what I'd like at Tandoori hut. Not doing that spicy slimy okra again! My friends PRAWN SAAG (prawns cooked in spinach & spices) was really cream and awesome on the saffron rice though.

                            1. Hey guys,

                              I went here last Saturday night and it was pretty solid! I was suspicious from the trendy name; i.e. I usually don't find yummies at "Lounge" establishments, but the kobe beef burger was quite moist and salty-good. The yam fries were perfectly crispy.

                              My only complaint is the the bun was a bit dry and lacking the texture/chewyness that I personally think can make or break a burger. (and I can still make a better patty at home). So this place gets 3 stars, because it was tasty, but I won't make an effort to go back.

                              1. John Gilchrist reviewed it today, and I have to laugh:

                                "Service-wise I have to say they really go for it here, I had more people checking on me than if I was in a hospital it's a keen staff right now, even on the short trip to the washroom I had three staff members wishing me a good day..."

                                Dear John: Do you think it might have been because you're the most-recognized food critic in Calgary? It's not just that you're really distinctive-looking, it's that you plaster your face on every website and print medium that you write for, and that you really look like that. Just as a diner I've recognized you in restaurants, I'm sure the owners and servers do too. I thought the service at Loungeburger was fine, but I sure didn't have lots of people checking on me the times I was there. You really do a disservice to Calgary diners making statements like that, as if it's something to be expected at Loungeburger.

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                                      1. re: hsk

                                        yes, because of this I have to take his reviews with a grain of salt.

                                        he seems to relish in the celebrity, though.

                                      2. I saw the signs/facades put up for this place early this summer and I knew exactly what kind of place it was going to be. I actually find this whole "gourmet burger" fad quite entertaining. You're paying for the illusion of high-class dining, not because these burgers are some sort of culinary breakthrough. I at least can appreciate the fact that this place allows you to make your own creations...but at the same time, so does Harvey's :P

                                        It almost makes me think that one day, way back when, some incredibly rich person wanted to try one of these "hamburgers" that the common folk ate. But because they couldn't fathom paying a measly $5 for food, nor could they ever be seen mingling with the lesser beings. So, they simply demanded it be garnished with some sort of hoity-toity delicacy, thus making it justifiable to pay 5x the original price and to serve it in a high-end establishment.