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Carl's Jr. 6 Dollar Burgers?

We don't get out of Baja that often, but last week, we ate lunch at Carl;s.

The Guacamole Bacon Burger was huge. I took 3/4 of it home and it was very good, reheated, the next day.

Is the Portobello Mushroom Burger worth ordering? Or, for a wandering traveler, what else is good t?

It is a sentimental question since I knew the the Karcher family from back when.

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  1. If we are going FF burger noshing then it's always Carl's. My wife inevitably orders the one you chose. I am partial to one that is "off menu" but available. The "double chili cheese burger" (without mustard). My wife likes their "criss-cross" fries but I am still partial to their regular fries (the natural ones they do now have the skin on, which I prefer).

    1. Just the basic Six Dollar cheeseburger is easily my favorite chain burger, and IMO generally better than some I've had in fancier places for $15 and up. The bun is the weak link, soaking up the sauce and turning to mush halfway through, so I order mine on the side and apply it as I go. Of course the level of goodness varies from time to time, or place to place, but the general superiority of this burger plus the civilized service if I'm eating in makes this an excellent choice.

      1. I'm happy to have read this today.
        Didn't know other than what my husband had told me which was just one time at one in the valley.
        Don't know which one he chose though.

        1. ...and to answer your question, the portabello burger is worth ordering. That is my second favorite to the guac/ bacon. I always thought they had damn fine (though incredibly fattening) food for a fast food joint. I used to get their sausage breakfast burrito and a side of the sausage gravy for their biscuits and gravy at breakfast and dunk away. I'm not quite that gluttonous these days but it sure was (really friggin') good!

          1. I've found the $6 burger line to be quite good. A large step up from the bulk of the other chains.

            Will, I like the simple bun for a burger. I like it if the whole things loses its structural integrity.

            DT

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            1. re: Davwud

              If you like to eat half of it off your lap, I'm glad you're happy. I hate anything that loses its structural integrity while I'm trying to do something with it, whether it's a disintegrating burger or a bed coming all unmade. The genuine authentic Mexican taco is right at my outer limit of tolerance for that: if I can wrap it so that I can get that one last bite just as it's falling apart I'm okay. As for the SDB, I don't want it dripping with sauce anyway; the right amount for my taste and for preserving the bun's integrity are pretty much the same.