So you can get a burger just about anywhere. We covered some of our fave quick ones last month and now I’ll tell you about some of the fancier ones. I prefer burger stand burgers over restaurant burgers, but I didn’t know that until I tried all these restaurant burgers.
The Independent loved the burger at The Famous, giving it the title of The Best Burger In The Springs, and I know I’m in the minority but I’m just not a fan of The Famous. I haven’t had their actual burger, but I have had their sliders and didn’t really care for them. For one thing, not everything needs to have bacon on it. Frankly, bacon is played out as a condiment. I know we are just discovering it here in The Springs, but believe me, it’s over. Except the bacon at Smiley’s. That stuff is eternal. Secondly, I’m not crazy about the decor in The Famous. They have that annoying faux finish crap on their walls that Springs Orleans does. Hello, 1993 called, they want their look back. It’s like The Famous WANTS to look classic with those tall red leather booths and all, but hasn’t kept up with what classic decor looks like now (hint: it doesn’t include faux finishing of any kind). And finally, it’s expensive. Too expensive. This isn’t Beverly Hills.
ANYHOW, there are three burgers we’ve tried at three downtown nice restaurants that weren’t The Famous: The Ritz, Nosh, and McKenzie’s Chop House.
My favorite burger was at The Ritz: 15 South Tejon Street, although I prefer the atmosphere at MacKenzie’s and Nosh. The bun was kind of overly fluffy but other than that it was good. The fries are delicious, too.
Cheeseburger at The Ritz
Cheeseburger at The Ritz
The burgers at Nosh: 121 South Tejon Street, are like all the other food at Nosh, small and kind of weird. Since it’s small and yet tall, it’s kind of hard to eat. Good, tho! The fried onions on top are nice and the fries are pretty tasty, too.
Cheeseburger at Nosh
French fries at Nosh
MacKenzie’s: 128 South Tejon Street, has a vintage-y retro vibe to it which I really like. They know how to do classic decor! They have a great Happy Hour and really good food. Their burger was just OK, tho and I don’t like those thick cut steak fries. Also, I ordered it medium rare and this is how it came! That’s not what I would consider to be medium rare, At All.
Cheeseburger at MacKenzie's
Cheeseburger at MacKenzie’s
These burgers were fine, they were even pretty good, but next time I go to any of these places I won’t be getting burgers. They seem to be the weakest link on all these menus- there are so many other much tastier choices. I’ll stick to Burger Joint burgers from now on.
When I got back into town DM took me out for a birthday dinner at The Ritz Grill. It was suuuuuuuper delish. I had a flatiron steak (my new fave thing ever) with mashed potatoes and string beans. OMG it was the best. We sat in a booth overlooking the restaurant and the bar. The servers and bartenders were all really cute and nice. It was great. Gotta go back there.
Last night we went to The Blue Star. I had a Lassater grass fed beef cheeseburger. It was just ok. I have been dying for years and years to have a Lassater grass fed burger, tho, so that was fun. I had bookmarked their site like 5 years ago but wondered when the heck I’d ever get to Colorado. Hee hee. Anyhow, DM has this steak tips thing with a mango sauce (that was soooooooo awesome, OMG) and mashed potatoes and string beans. His meal was the best- much better than mine. Oh yea, and we also had a really good salad with iceburg wedge, some kind of yummy dressing and deep fried shallots. It rocked. For dessert we had panna cotta with raspberries and blackberries. It was really good, too. For sure want to go back there- they have wine tastings and tapas on Wednesday nights. They serve the wine in big old glasses like I like.
In a little while we’re going to go to the pet store, maybe the library (they have a GREAT library here- I finally got a library card), a restaurant that’s famous for PIE and perhaps the farmers market (if it’s open- it’s been raining all day). Later we’re gonna try to hit Old Chicago for deep dish (PMS) pizza. OINK.