Daddy O's burger joint in Sports Arena
made a run to Home Depot and like usual we couldn't decide on somewhere quick and easy to eat. We stopped in the strip mall with Souplantation, the defunct Embers, Meechee That (sp) and saw this new burger joint and decided to give it a try.
Huge burger menu ranging from the classics to the interesting (brie) to the artery popping (Texas Toast + 1/2lb patty + bacon + egg). Prices a bit on the high side, $7-$10 not including fries or rings. Burgers are 1/2lb or 1/4, you can downgrade or upgrade. I was impressed by the range of buns available; classic, egg, kaiser, pretzel, etc. but that could be a bad thing. Several massive hot dogs and bowls of meat and veggies available. Fair beer selection, a few macro drafts, some craft bottles. We split a bomber of Racer5 for %7.
I got the 1/2# bacon cheeseburger, girl got the 1/4lb on those thin mini-sandwich breads you find in the grocery stores now. She was thrilled since the bun usually adds too much filler.
The server didn't ask, and somehow I failed to ask her, about how we wanted them cooked.
Both burgers came out cooked perfectly for how we like the burgers, pink in the middle. Patties were the wider/thinner style. Both were quite juicy and had pretty darn good flavor (as opposed to the flavorless Station burgers we had last weekend). My egg bun was a bit dry and crumbly, which could be an issue with them offering too many styles. Bacon was thick cut and applewood smoked (my favorite). Burger was pretty damn tall due to the onions and bacon, but I made it through.
Onion rings were pretty standard. Oil didn't seem old/worn out, batter was a fine crumb style, not overly greasy and were fresh tasting. Onions bit apart easily and didn't come out as one sloppy worm.
Service was just ok, they came to the table quick, and the burgers came out fairly quick, but we never got water, never got a chance to order another beer, but they came by quickly after we finished to take the baskets and ask if we wanted the bill.
All in all we were pretty happy to find a decent burger in the wasteland that is Sports Arena without having to wait 30 minutes at In-n-Out (and not be able to have a beer) or the ridiculous jaw-dropping line at Phil's. The best burger in San Diego? No. Not the cheapest or most reasonable place either. There are several places I prefer (not talking about Hodad's, but Neighborhood, Burger Lounge, sometimes Toronado). Sometimes though I am not where I prefer to eat, so you gotta have options.
*edit* sorry Josh, just mutant beef here.
Thanks for the review. I've yet to find a good, go-to casual burger place in San Diego. The usual recommendations on here are either farther than I want to drive, too fancy/expensive, or inaccessible due to parking/wait times. What I want is a place where I can drive up and find parking right away, not have to wait in a ridiculous long line, and pay a decent price for a good burger.
This place seems like it might fit my criteria. I'll have to check it out sometime.