- 8Gr8N8 Sep 5, 2012 05:44 PM
A friend took me and another pal to lunch at a new gourmet burger joint in Eagle Rock and I'm here to sing it's praises. These hamburgers come from heaven's own grill.
This restaurant is a tiny hole in the wall. It doesn't look like much, but the linen table cloths hint at what's to come.
I ordered the Noir Burger (Aillade, boschetto a la tartufo and pinot noir sauce - $9). My buddies had the Parmigiano Burger (Balsamic onions, parmesan crisp, sun dried tomato and shitake mushrooms - $8.50) and the Classic Burger (Thousand island, green leaf lettuce, oven dried tomatoes, onions and cheddar cheese $8.50) Each burger was served on a sesame brioche bun and we enjoyed sides of fluffy beer batter onion rings and exquisite sweet potato fries.
I tasted each burger and each transported me to a different beefy cloud, as angels strummed harp music somewhere in the distance. Fusion Burgers has only been open for four months, so hounds, check it out and let's ensure its survival. Very, very good burgers. If I wanted to start a fight, I might even say that they're THE BEST BURGERS IN LA!!!
5933 York Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90042
They're actually right around the corner from me in Highland Park (next to but not Eagle Rock), and I like them a lot. Other than their rotating specials and signature burger the Mexican BBQ Burger (which I also recommend you try), very (and I do mean VERY) similar to Umami Burger, which is where these guys started. My gf and I have our conspiracy theories but best not to speculate as we want the place to stay open (though unlike Umami the patty is thicker and cooked more on the medium side -- if you want medium rare should probably specify that when ordering.)
PS -- While you're in the area be sure to visit Galco's on York & Ave 57.
You bet. Another thing is there's less of a focus on the actual taste/flavor profile umami, though it is naturally present in both the ingredients and combination/execution of ingredients in the menu items. This is neither a good nor a bad thing, just an observation that one of the objectives of the food isn't to deliver a specifically umami-centric punch or eating experience.
So, was in the 'hood and tried Fusion Burger, as recommended above.
The place is tiny but easy to find, and immaculate. The service was beyond friendly.
I tried the chili-cheeseburger, medium-rare, with onion rings. Your description to the burger as Umami-like is spot on; only thing I could add to that would be its proportions seemed perfect. The bun was fresh, soft and up to the job of standing up to this messy burger. I love how they buttered & griddled it too. The burger was perfectly cooked; chili was delicious, not overly spicy but flavorful. The beer cheddar cheese was tasty, but not enough to detect any distinct flavor. I love butter lettuce, and one would think it is too delicate for a burger such as this, but oddly enough it worked.
The onion rings were some of the best I've had in the city. Again, your word "fluffy" is ideal. I love how they have salt & pepper grinders on the table; the grated salt on the onion rings was perfect. At first, I thought the 4 oz iced tea for two bucks was a bit of a stretch, but quickly chalked it up to cdb, but then realized there were free refills. When leaving the waitress chatted with me about how they will be changing their specials more often, and I let her know how happy I was with my burger. The special of the day was a queso fresco topped burger with guacamole, salsa & serranos. I would have seriously considered it if I noticed it before.
Overall, my impression is Fusion Burger is a real neighborhood gem. If the renaissance of business can extend further east from Eagle Rock into HP, it will probably do quite well.
Then found myself wandering around Galco's, an old fashioned store, a soda pop shop. The fact that they have "Grocery" on their sign is quite a stretch; I'm sure it goes back to it's glory days, but now it is mainly a nostalgic emporium to all things sweet from your childhood. Well, not all, but enough. Quite a decent selection of beers though. Not so much for wine. Quite a trip.
I decided to give it a try recently since I wanted to revisit my old neighborhood. Moved out of highland park almost a decade ago and lots has changed since I moved to the SGV.
I remember this place was a Mexican restaurant prior. I think it's a great addition to the neighborhood and it's a damn good burger as well. Although I felt it could have used more salt it was still delicious nonetheless.