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New Burger Lounge opening in Hillcrest

Josh Jun 7, 2010 12:35 AM

Driving down University tonight, we spotted a new future Burger Lounge location, at the corner of University and Fourth. It's going in where the old Tred-Air UK shoe store was. I think it'll do well in this neighborhood. Now if only they'd add a patty melt to the menu...

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    cstr RE: Josh Jun 7, 2010 07:28 AM

    Beach Chick would love it! me too!

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      RB Hound RE: Josh Jun 7, 2010 11:04 AM

      A patty melt served by a waiter riding a very tall horse.

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        stevewag23 RE: Josh Jun 7, 2010 11:30 AM

        More burgers.

        1. SDGourmand RE: Josh Jun 7, 2010 02:49 PM

          anyone think burger lounge is expanding too fast in such a small area?

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            stevewag23 RE: SDGourmand Jun 7, 2010 06:34 PM

            I does seem like you can get one of their burgers in almost every hood now. La Jolla, Kensington, Coronado, Little Italy, now Hillcrest.

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              foodiechick RE: SDGourmand Jun 7, 2010 06:45 PM

              I think they have done a good job so far of expanding their presence. They are going to make a killing if they open in N. County, especially coastal.

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                beth1 RE: foodiechick Jun 7, 2010 07:04 PM

                I'd love to see one move into N. County!

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                  Island RE: beth1 Jul 17, 2010 12:09 PM

                  I'd like to see them in N Co also. Can't say it's my favorite burger, but it's nice to have that option for quick fast food. I imagine the goal is to expand as far and wide as possible. Is the desire to be the In n Out of grass fed burgers??

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                Josh RE: SDGourmand Jun 7, 2010 08:33 PM

                Living in Hillcrest, I'm happy there'll be one in walking distance.

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                  jmtreg RE: SDGourmand Jun 8, 2010 03:11 PM

                  I'm not sure. There's enough of a variation between the neighborhoods that Burger Lounge will pull from different crowds. With the Hillcrest location, I will be equidistant from two Burger Lounges.

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                    Mr. Gunn RE: SDGourmand Jul 17, 2010 10:47 AM

                    I think they are, but then again I've never seen what's so special about the place to begin with. I know the use grass fed beef and all that, but pre-formed frozen patties taste like cardboard no matter what cow they're from. Still, it's better than McDonald's, I guess.

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                      edwinreal RE: SDGourmand Jul 21, 2010 02:24 PM

                      I think they are expanding very intelligently. They are not putting up locations in any areas where there is no foot traffic, each location is consistent in look and feel, and most importantly, the expansion enhances the brand and doesn't diminish from it.

                    2. Beach Chick RE: Josh Jun 15, 2010 10:28 PM

                      patty melt..never gets the props it deserves.
                      it's so beloved by all, but never given the spotlight that is so rightly deserves.

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                        Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Jun 16, 2010 07:10 AM

                        Nor the respect. I recently read where someone blasphemed the sacred Patty Melt by mocking it's very core. This person made one using- get this- a vegetarian core!

                        Might as well take the face off the Mona Lisa, silence The Scream, and remove the zipper from the Sticky Fingers album. Carve the Mother off the Pieta, and topple the Sphinx. Take the four-barrel off the Eleanor, and the four speed from a Shelby Cobra. Or take the Zildj from a Zildjian, the Remo from the tomtom.

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                          DiningDiva RE: Fake Name Jun 16, 2010 08:28 AM

                          Wow... eloquently written

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                            Fake Name RE: DiningDiva Jun 16, 2010 08:40 AM

                            I'm very passionate about the Patty Melt!

                            Not so coo-coo for coco puffs, though.

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                              cstr RE: Fake Name Jun 16, 2010 10:03 AM

                              Truely poetic FN!

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                            Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Jun 16, 2010 09:44 AM

                            LOVE THAT...
                            OMG..that is a frigging riot Fakey..this is by far the best post ever!
                            Remove the zipper from the Sticky Fingers album..carve the mother off the Pieta.
                            I believe that the founders of the beloved patty melt club has met it's Chairman of the Board!

                            May I introduce you to the man, the legend, Mr. Patty Melt himself, Fakey!

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                              stevewag23 RE: Fake Name Jun 16, 2010 03:04 PM

                              "Might as well take the face off the Mona Lisa"

                              The place in Little Italy?

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                                Island RE: Fake Name Jul 17, 2010 12:04 PM

                                Fake, the zipper? Hysterical in it's WTF unexpectedness. Classic album now forever linked with the classic patty melt . Mick and the boys can retire now.

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                              cookieshoes RE: Josh Jul 17, 2010 10:53 AM

                              Not a fan of Burger Lounge. Have never enjoyed the burger there. Just can't seem to find the flavor in the meat they use, and I don't dig the bun. I feel the same way about O'Brother's at Horton. Going organic or grassfed is a great idea. But, I just don't find that it translates at either of those places. Burger Lounge is expanding way too much, I think.

                              Smoking Goat (current best in SD for me right now), Kensington Grill, The Vine in OB....if I'm gonna go premium, I'd much rather get a burger at one of those spots.

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                                juantanamera RE: Josh Jul 18, 2010 12:59 AM

                                Tried Burger Lounge multiple times at two locations, and it's just not that good. I can get a much larger and far tastier burger with fries at Alchemy or Neighborhood for about the same price. BL is serving a fast food burger, grass fed beef or not, for a price very similar to what some full service restaurants are serving full size burgers for. I can't see myself on that bandwagon.

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                                  honkman RE: juantanamera Jul 18, 2010 01:06 AM

                                  We recently also had a burger at the Burger Lounge for the first time. We liked the patty and its nice grass-fed beef flavor but everything else was quite disappointing. The bun was too soft and didn't taste good, the grilled onion were cold and hardly grilled and the 1000-island sauce wasn't great. Overall not worth the money. You can get better burgers at Alchemy, Starlite or the Linkery.

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                                    Josh RE: juantanamera Jul 18, 2010 08:43 AM

                                    I just had the burger at Alchemy last night and I agree it's a better burger for sure. I'd put Alchemy, Toronado, Small Bar, and Linkery all above Burger Lounge for their grass-fed burgers. That said, if I just want to grab a quick burger I enjoy Burger Lounge for what it is.

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                                      Fake Name RE: Josh Jul 18, 2010 01:52 PM

                                      "That said, if I just want to grab a quick burger I enjoy Burger Lounge for what it is."

                                      Word, my peeps. (I'm so street)

                                      I agree with Josh that, of the places on his list I've had the burger, they are a bit better. But when I want to grab a quick bite with our son, or just don't have the time/$/bandwidth for a sit-down, BL is a great option. And many locations means more convenient.

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                                        honkman RE: Fake Name Jul 18, 2010 02:28 PM

                                        I don't want to start another discussion about grass-fed vs commodity beef and their different costs etc. but I think that for a quick bite I prefer In'n'Out over BL. Both are not great burgers but for $8 I was expecting more from BL.

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                                          cstr RE: Fake Name Jul 22, 2010 06:00 AM

                                          I think the frozen patty is quite lame, this is a local chain, they should be able to provide fresh beef to their stores daily.

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                                            Josh RE: cstr Jul 22, 2010 08:11 AM

                                            How do you know it is frozen?

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                                              bizzwriter RE: cstr Jul 22, 2010 08:20 AM

                                              According to the BL website, their beef is "never frozen."


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                                        Ewilensky RE: Josh Jul 20, 2010 10:57 AM

                                        Newer Burger Lounge now apparently opening downtown between Blarney Stone and The Field...

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                                          Ewilensky RE: Ewilensky Jul 20, 2010 02:53 PM

                                          Above info courtesy of Troy "I'm going to fill your mailbox with lowgrade beef if you don't credit me" Johnson at Riviera Magazine. Sorry buddy.

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                                            littlestevie RE: Ewilensky Jul 20, 2010 03:06 PM

                                            Is BL a single ownership group or are they a franchise operation? It just seems that they are going to have locations that canniblize off each other. Gee Ken vs. Hillcrest vs. LI vs downtown. I wonder if they have ever heard of 4S Ranch and Rancho Bernardo or Carlsbad,Encinitas or Solana Beach

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                                              Fake Name RE: littlestevie Jul 20, 2010 03:31 PM

                                              " I wonder if they have ever heard of 4S Ranch and Rancho Bernardo or Carlsbad,Encinitas or Solana Beach"

                                              I don't know if they have expansion plans for southern LA/Inland Empire. ; )

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                                                Ewilensky RE: littlestevie Jul 20, 2010 03:57 PM

                                                littlestevie, I'm under the impression that it's a single ownership group but I could be wrong. I think Hillcrest, LI and D-town are far enough from one another so not to cannibilize.

                                          2. Alice Q RE: Josh Jul 21, 2010 09:27 AM

                                            I like the idea of this place, but I find their service to range from wretched to barely passable. Also, the burgers are inconsistent between shops and their salads are horribly overdressed and limp. Anybody else have the same experience, or have they fixed the problems? I have to admit I haven't been in a while because I got tired of dealing with it.

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                                              Josh RE: Alice Q Jul 21, 2010 09:41 AM

                                              Interesting. I haven't had a limp salad there, but service is fastfood-esque.

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                                                zare_k RE: Alice Q Jul 21, 2010 10:20 AM

                                                I got very friendly service from the Kensington branch, but I've only been there one time.

                                              2. Granite RE: Josh Jul 21, 2010 09:53 AM

                                                I like Burger Lounge alright, although I find the actual burgers underwhelming for the price. Their chicken on a sticks are really good and remind me of my Nana's perfectly breaded and fried chicken cutlets, and I do appreciate a tasty turkey burger. But really, how many Burger Lounges do we need in a 7 mile radius? Another is opening downtown... I guess it's alright to have a 'neighborhood' burger lounge so people don't have to drive... but something about 'em being in ALL of SD's 'hoods irritates me.

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                                                  Josh RE: Granite Jul 21, 2010 10:08 AM

                                                  Maybe their goal is to make grass-fed burgers as locally ubiquitous as feedlot beef? I see nothing wrong with such a goal.

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                                                    Island RE: Granite Jul 21, 2010 05:17 PM

                                                    Granite. OT, but did you have to rub it in about Nana's chicken cutlet? I miss my own Nonnie's perfection on a plate ane was just thinking of posting on the general board for suggestions!

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