11:00AM / 2/21/2022
Happy Presidents Day! Today I visited Burger Lounge, located in the Fountains shopping center right at the main fountains. This is a medium-sized chain that got it’s start in Southern California, which is where the majority of it’s locations reside. Just 4 have broken north and landed in the Bay Area and the Sacramento area.
They specialize in burgers and lean heavily into organic ingredients, including many plant-based and vegan options. The aesthetic is bright, modern and open. Although this corner spot at the fountains is perhaps a little on the cramped side in parts of the store, it feels like you can reach right into the kitchen with it’s semi-open area that the staff grabs your food from and all the needed sides and things that go along with it. You walk right through this area after ordering at the counter, and you fill your drink cup in this area as well.
Speaking of drinks, they have a selection of pure-cane sugar sodas by Batch Craft Soda. I checked out the Ginger Beer flavor and while it was tasty I found it to be incredibly, overly sweet. I rarely drink full sugar sodas though so take that with a grain of salt (or sugar!). They also have iced tea and a couple of lemonades to choose from. I found it mildly amusing that the one major brand soda they offer (Diet Coke) ends up going into a blue Pepsi cup.
Anyway on to the food! I’ve been here a few times over the years but always ordered burgers, mostly the S.O.B (Son of a Butcher) burger (grass fed beef, American cheese, caramelized onion, pickles and BL 1000 sauce). Today, prompted by a recent blog comment, I wanted to try their Alaskan Cod Sandwich (Pan-Fried Cod Fillet, Lettuce, Tomato, BL Tartar sauce)[$11.95]. I ordered it with no changes and added the Half & Half (Half Onion Rings and Half French Fries, Fried in 100% GMO-Free Rice Bran Oil)[$4.95]. I would have gone all out and checked out a hand-scooped shake but unfortunately they were unavailable today. They also offer dairy-free shakes, and root-beer floats in both dairy and dairy-free varieties.
Normally I like to sit outside on the patio. It’s really nice and has a great view of the fountains. Today was slightly chilly, especially in the shade, so I opted for indoors seating. In just under ten minutes my food was delivered to my table. I love how they stack the half & half rings and fries. It must be super annoying to have to do that, haha.
My previous experiences with the onion rings was that they were good but very greasy. That was somewhat the case here but they were far less greasy than in the past, which was welcome. These are also a bit on the salty side. Other than that they are incredibly crisp and have more of a breading than a batter, which helps give them such a great crunch and texture.
The fries are something I’ve been back and forth on. They are kind of plain, lightly salted, almost like In’n’Out fries (to be clear I am a huge fan of In’n’Out fries, which I know are very polarizing) with the peel left on. These are pretty decent on their own and just right with some ketchup (ketchup is available near the fountain drinks, organic of course).
On to the main course, the Alaskan Cod Sandwich. It was expertly assembled, not a single piece of shredded lettuce had fallen off. Between the tartar sauce and lettuce was a big slice of tomato, perhaps a bit underripe. While it did not really detract from the sandwich, it just didn’t add anything to it. The bun was nice and soft and held together to the end. The cod itself was really nice. Super tender and moist inside with a fantastic breading fried crisp, which reminded me of a lesser onion ring breading. This is a lovely light sandwich compared to the heavier burger options I’ve had previously.
I have to say I really dig this place. The food is quite good, the service is minimal but always friendly, and the place is clean and in a nice spot. The price is up there though. Today’s meal was just over $20 with tax. With the burgers I usually opt for some premium add ons including an extra patty which gets me close to $30. It’s not your everyday burger place for sure, but worth a visit once in a while. I’ll give it a solid 4/5. Speaking of my past burgers, it just so happens I took photos of several of them (big surprise) so here they are: