Posts Tagged ‘Burger’

When it comes to adding flavor to foods, nothing can boss the sauce. At its base, sauce contains sugar, salt, pepper, or any combination of those plus additional ingredients. Some foods contain flavor within itself, such as meats that have seasonings and herbs that help bring out the meat’s natural flavor. Most of the time, people add sauces or condiments to their foods to add flavor. For the most part, sauces bring a sweet component to the table, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, or teriyaki sauce. Many other sauces can add flavor components from sour to salty to spicy and more. However, when it comes to enhancing the flavors of the original dish, nothing can beat hot sauce. The capsaicin in hot sauces helps to open up our taste buds, allowing us to detect and absorb more flavors. For those that cannot take the heat, just a little bit helps to greatly enhance the flavor of the dish, something you can do at Burger Parlor as of this week.

An Orange County staple, Burger Parlor brings the right balance of familiar foods with intuitive innovation. Now approaching their fifth year in business, Burger Parlor has the right business formula to keep customers coming back, as well as attract new customers to crave more. Their standard menu has not changed that much since they got started – the menu you see today contains items that has lived on that menu for years. However, that does not mean that Burger Parlor does not innovate – in fact, Burger Parlor appears to always have limited-time specials, such as their Gringo Bandito Burger available starting this week. Named for its signature ingredient, this burger comes with Gringo Bandito aioli, roasted Anaheim chiles, crushed avocado, a crisp tostada chip, a fried egg, and Gringo Bandito crema, topped with more Gringo Bandito sauce. Despite all the hot sauce getting thrown around, the overall burger does not come off as a spice attack. It balances quite nicely between the aioli, crema, avocado, and egg.

You can snag this burger at both Burger Parlor locations in Fullerton and Orange for a limited time. Head on over and taste this bit of heat to spice up your day. Follow Burger Parlor on Facebook and Twitter for more details about the Gringo Bandito Burger.

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Americans have a strange fascination with bacon. Something about this small strip of pork drives people to spend obscene amounts of money to add it on to something. Fast food restaurants routinely charge a dollar more to add a piece of bacon, while some restaurants charge up to $4 more to add some bacon. I will never understand why people do this, but I do know that if I crave the flavor of bacon, it had better taste good. Sure bacon may not always represent the healthiest option on any menu, but it certainly beats other questionable ingredients such as white bread. At least with bacon, you do get a minor source of protein, while something like white bread will generally come with fillers and maybe preservatives depending on where you got that bread. But if you want something with a lot of bacon in it, you most likely will not care about the nutrition in it – you care about the taste and how much guilt you can cram into one item of food, and for that I go to Pig Pen Delicacy in Santa Ana.

As the name of this food stand suggests, Pig Pen Delicacy sells pork and pork accessories products in whatever manner they can fashion. Located inside the 4th Street Market, one of Orange County’s well-known food halls, Pig Pen Delicacy wants to deliver pork to you until you just shut up and love it. From pulled pork to pork belly to bacon and more, if you want pork, you got it here at Pig Pen Delicacy. While they have a regular menu with all the porky goodness around, they also have a limited-time specials menu that contains obscene items such as the Cheesy Mac Bun Burger. This burger comes on fried mac & cheese “buns” instead of regular bread, and holds the beef patty (cooked to order), cheddar cheese, candied bacon, and barbecue sauce. I hope your arteries can handle all this greasy goodness, because the faint-of-heart will most definitely not handle this thickness.

For $9.50, you can indulge in this guilty pleasure for a limited time at Pig Pen Delicacy in Downtown Santa Ana. To see what other specials they have cooking up, check out Pig Pen Delicacy on Facebook and Twitter.

May marks a great time of the year to celebrate. “Celebrate what?” you might ask. You can have any reason to celebrate, such as life, friends, love, and more. Many holidays take place around May, such as May Day, Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. May also means that the weather should greatly improve; after all, the quote “April showers bring May flowers” exists for a reason! No matter what reason you have, take some time this month to enjoy life and what it brings. Many cultures have reason to celebrate in May, especially on Cinco de Mayo when many partake in the celebration with Mexican culture. People often expect delicious Mexican food & drinks during a Cinco de Mayo celebration, such as carne asada, tacos, and tequila. With today’s cultures mixing and integrating, we now see Cinco de Mayo celebrations with other types of foods, including American food. Sometimes, those foods get combined together and result in something amazing, such as what Grill ‘Em All has accomplished.

No strangers to the cuisine of different cultures, Grill ‘Em All loves to mix things up in their kitchen up in Alhambra. Best known as the winner of the first season of Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, Grill ‘Em All continues to carve out a name for themselves as they live the dream of finally moving from the truck to the countertop. The increased kitchen space allows them to churn out greater volumes of orders, as well as have space to experiment and create new menu items, either permanent or temporary items. Grill ‘Em All has come out with a slew of temporary menu items ever since they opened, most of which have appeared for a month as part of their Burger Of The Month series. For this month’s Burger Of The Month, May 2016 gives us the The Brujería A.K.A. El Hijo Del Santo. “Brujería” means witchcraft, while “El Hijo del Santo” translates to The Son of the Saint while also referring to the wrestler. This Mexican inspired burger comes to us with cream cheese, jalapeños, chorizo chilaquiles, avocado salsa, cotija cheese, and a fried egg, all on a half-pound beef patty. Despite the Mexican influence, this eats very much like a breakfast burger. I took off the top bun, and the fried egg actually held the rest of the burger quite well. Only the jalapeños stood out with its spice level. Everything else had great body and felt really filling & hearty.

Get a taste of Mexican flavor all this month at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra to take on The Brujería A.K.A. El Hijo Del Santo. You can pound this fiesta of flavors for just $13. Enjoy a cold beer while dining here, since Grill ‘Em All has expanded their craft beer lineup to include a greater variety of beers. Also consider ordering the Bread Pudding Of The Month, something that Grill ‘Em All has recently introduced. For more news and updates from the Grill ‘Em All camp, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

In today’s society, reputation means everything as far as getting ahead in life. First impressions have a huge impact on the foundation of your reputation, as most people often form their opinions immediately upon discovering or meeting a person. With today’s society, people tend to not pay attention to anyone with no solid reputation, meaning that someone with a blank slate has all the freedom to carve out his or her path. Certain famous people have had much time to plan for their debut to thousands to millions of people, while others get immediately thrown into the limelight. In regards to the former, their planning almost always pays off, as they gain countless lifelong fans and supporters, such as the Mythbusters as they finally retire the series. Another such famous individual, Alton Brown, rose to fame with his extensive culinary knowledge via his Food Network show, Good Eats. His overwhelmingly positive reputation allowed him to progress on to greater things, but at the same time allow him to pick his battles. For an example of that, we turn to Umami Burger.

Umami Burger does not truly need an introduction, as their global legacy more than proves their capability at delivery quality products. Anyone who has tried their burgers can attest to the immense quality of the burgers that others have often attempted to imitate but could never successfully duplicate. While Umami Burger originated in Southern California, they have since extended their reach across the globe. Regardless, people still travel across the world in order to visit one of the original Los Angeles County locations because these burger simply taste that good. Heck, even Saturday Night Live recognized the significance of Umami Burger during one of their episodes. This just goes to show that if you indeed have something that good, the people will do your marketing for you. In the past, Umami Burger has done collaborations with famous people, such as The Black Keys or Michael Voltaggio. This time, Umami Burger has teamed up with Alton Brown to deliver AB’s take on a burger: the Alton Burger. For this breakfast-inspired burger, Umami Burger utilizes a burger patty consisting of a blend of beef and bacon lardons. They top this with cheddar cheese, a cheesy tot smashed into the shape of a hash brown, miso-maple bacon, a fried egg, and fried sage, which all sits on a bed of coffee ketchup. The bacon will likely stand out the most, while the smashed cheesy tot will give body and warmth to the burger.

You can smash this burger yourself for $14 at any participating Umami Burger from now until Thursday, April 14th. Check out what other fun stuff they have coming soon by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

We all heard this growing up… “Breakfast: the most important meal of the day.” As the first form of food that we put into our bodies on a daily basis, breakfast sets the tone for how we will take on the rest of the day. Not only does breakfast supply the first dose of nutrients our body needs to burn to get through the day, but breakfast determines the rate of that day’s metabolism to handle food for the rest of the day. What do we normally envision as the traditional breakfast? Items such as bread, eggs, and meat supply the necessary carbs and proteins needed to start off the day. Over time, people have grown to appreciate breakfast foods and have started to crave them at other times of the day other than immediately after waking up. This has led some food businesses to offer breakfast items at all times of the day. While some places do offer breakfast for dinner, the intention of breakfast’s nutrients gets lost when going to sleep so soon. However, this does not stop most people from enjoying a comforting meal whenever possible, and Grill ‘Em All has decided to bring breakfast to any hour of the day.

Always searching for new and crazy ideas to produce out of their kitchen, Grill ‘Em All represents the mosh pit of new food ideas. While most restaurants want to stay safe by offering the typical hamburger with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and condiments, Grill ‘Em All smashes the mold by revealing the strangest yet tastiest combinations a burger can face. If you have not yet heard of Grill ‘Em All, they rose to fame after they won the first season of Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, barely edging out Nom Nom Truck (who have since moved to San Francisco). Since then, their fame grew so much that even two trucks could not handle their overwhelming popularity, so they bunkered down and opened a restaurant in Downtown Alhambra. The restaurant allows them to not only churn out greater amounts of burgers, but also to serve craft beer with the food too. They also now have the capacity to launch other crazy things like special appearances by famous musicians, athletes, or celebrities, and their coveted burger-of-the-month, which brings us back to the aforementioned topic of breakfast. Capping off 2015, Grill ‘Em All has gone back to the beginning with a breakfast inspired burger that they dub No Presents For Christmas A.K.A. The Christmas Creature. Named after an 80’s metal song and a professional wrestler, Grill ‘Em All delivers a full breakfast meal in a small package with this massive messy sandwich. Supported by French toast as the buns, a half pound beef burger sits on a bed of strawberry jam while supporting cheddar, bacon, ham, and sweet cream cheese. To top it off, this sandwich receives a croque madame treatment with a slathering of gruyère sauce and a fried egg. They give you this meal with a knife in it on purpose – good luck trying to pick this up with your bare hands. Grab a fork, and spare a wad of napkins by going to town with a knife & fork into this sandwich. Every ingredient works well together, as no sole flavor overpowers another – the sweet ingredients help to balance the savoriness of the meats.

Do you love meat? If so, you owe it to yourself to trek on over to Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra sometime this month to take on the No Presents For Christmas A.K.A. The Christmas Creature. For all this meat, this burger will only set you back $13. Enjoy a cold beer while dining here, since Grill ‘Em All has expanded their craft beer lineup to include a greater variety of beers. For more news and updates from the Grill ‘Em All camp, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Many people all over the world tend to take variety for granted. Variety equals the spark of life because many people start to get bored with the same routine day after day. Sure the notion of sticking with something safe exists, but doing the same thing over and over again and expecting something different equals the very definition of insanity. While we can do the same thing over and over to get through life, we would get bored very easily. For example, dog food has all the nutrients necessary to live, but to eat the exact same food everyday for life sounds terrible. Humans thrive on variety because we have grown up with varied things in life, unlike most pets. People love to eat different foods instead of the same things all the time, and restaurant owners and chefs recognize that by featuring seasonal, monthly, weekly, or even daily menus. One such restaurant, Grill ‘Em All, has a featured monthly item that usually pushes the boundaries of familiar foods.

Not one to shy away from making people think of what will come out next, Grill ‘Em All continues to innovate and churn out incredible burgers that no one could possibly comprehend. These guys rose to fame when they won the first season of Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, the show that helped spark the rise of the gourmet food truck fad. With Grill ‘Em All’s surging popularity came the emergence of their brick & mortar restaurant a few years later. While they kept the original truck for catering purposes, the restaurant draws all the public attention with all sorts of events and specials, such as special guest appearances, tap takeovers, food specials, music launch parties, and more. Nowadays, Grill ‘Em All still delivers killer food from their standard menu plus their rotating burger of the month. For the month of October 2015, they have something called the Screaming For Vengeance A.K.A. The Gobbledy Gooker. Named after a Judas Priest album and a former WWE superstar, this burger contains three different types of meat in it: a half-pound all-beef patty, bacon, and chipotle honey chicken strips. To go along with all this, the burger also has bleu cheese on top and jalapeño cream cheese on bottom in hopes of trying to quell the burger’s spiciness. While it seems that this burger looks like it would fall apart easily in hand, the burger held up quite well with all the ingredients staying in place except for some drips of the cheeses.

Do you love meat? If so, you owe it to yourself to trek on over to Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra sometime this month to take on the Screaming For Vengeance A.K.A. The Gobbledy Gooker. For all this meat, this burger will only set you back $12. Enjoy a cold beer while dining here, since Grill ‘Em All has expanded their craft beer lineup to include a greater variety of beers. For more news and updates from the Grill ‘Em All camp, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

People simply love bacon for unexplainable reasons, and will go to crazy distances just for that crispy salty crunchy satisfying feel of biting into bacon. You know bacon has something going for it when people wrap things in bacon to make it taste better, even things most people may not have heard of, such as water chestnuts or peppadews. When you cannot wrap something in bacon, what logically comes next other that chop up the bacon and throw it all onto food? In some instances, you can then directly add the bacon into whatever you make. Like bacon and waffles? Add bacon pieces to the batter prior to grilling. Like bacon and pasta? Roll your own bacon & cheese tortelloni. As one of the most versatile foods in the world, bacon adds that je ne sais quoi to anything one can eat or drink, and can replace most basic ingredients in foods. In place of certain ingredients, bacon makes for an ample substitute, something that Slater’s 50/50 does very well with their dishes.

Nothing says America more than bacon, an ingredient that Slater’s 50/50 worships. During their six years in business, Slater’s 50/50 has come up with the craziest, most original foods involving bacon. Their bacon revolution has stretched out to the corporate world, as fast food and chain restaurants have attempted to imitate the famous 50/50 burger but have all failed to properly duplicate it. In the meantime, Slater’s 50/50 has continually raised the bar in porky products, such as when they launched the 100% bacon burger a few years ago. This year, they stepped it up a notch with the new & improved The ‘Merica 2.0. The first iteration had all things bacon on it, including a patty completing made from ground bacon. This year, Slater’s got all fancy with it by topping it with Sriracha bacon, bacon jam, bacon cheese, fried mac & cheese, tomatoes, and greens, all sandwiched between a bacon pretzel bun. Now it no longer tastes like a salt overload – the bacon jam plus the few veggies helps to break down all the salty goodness going on here. You still get a heaping mouthful of bacon, so a refreshing pale ale will help to cut through the savoriness of this burger.

Do you love bacon? If so, you owe it to yourself to head on down to Slater’s 50/50 by the end of this month to pound The ‘Merica 2.0. This burger always returns as the July burger-of-the-month, so if you miss it this year, come back next year!

Traditionally, people follow a standard daily meal convention of breakfast in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, and dinner in the evening. Each of these meals typically have some word associations to go with it; for example, words associated with breakfast include eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon, and coffee. Lunch and dinner also have their own associations, and have stayed that way for decades… until now. In recent years, society has seen such drastic changes in the way we see food that we no longer can associate food with any one theme. Fusion foods brought upon the collision of two different styles of cuisine, such as Asian and Latin cuisine combined to make things like pork belly tacos. In addition to fusing cuisines styles, we start to transcend time as well in food by mixing elements of breakfast, lunch, and dinner; thus we started to enjoy breakfast for lunch and dinner, something that Slater’s 50/50 has done for years already.

No stranger to devising new types of food continuously, Slater’s 50/50 has turned into quite an empire in the Southern California restaurant scene. When you think about the history of Slater’s 50/50, you would think that some college guys got a little experimental with their tailgate party. Regardless of how the idea of Slater’s 50/50 originated, no one can deny the raging success of the chain of Slater’s 50/50 restaurants across Southern California. They always seem to have something new on their menu every time I visit, not including their burgers of the month. Speaking of burger of the month, you ought to head to your nearest Slater’s 50/50 soon to try the Breakfast Burrito Burger, the May burger of the month. Like the namesake, this burger uses a meat patty composed of 50% Brandt beef and 50% chorizo, along with American cheese, an over-easy egg, hash browns, pico de gallo, guacamole, and chipotle sour cream on a brioche bun. The chorizo and pico de gallo give this burger a slight spice to it, but overall this burger will cause a greater mess on your hands than you will notice the spice. The pico, egg, and sour cream will surely ooze out, so I recommend keeping that knife in the burger to hold it in place until you reach the center, the center that holds the bulk of the flavor. If you cannot get your hands dirty, you may resort of a knife and fork, a tactic that I advise against because you want the full experience of eating this with your bare hands. For best results, pair this burger with an IPA to balance the flavors deriving from the burger.

Ever had a breakfast burrito in a burger? If not, you have until the end of this month to grab one! Head on over to a Slater’s 50/50 soon and pound one of these bad boys before it disappears.

Fame: a status that people all over the world desire to attain. In one degree or another, people desire some level of fame that they themselves define. Everybody defines fame differently to a different scope, so one person’s idea of fame can exist on an entirely different plane than another person’s. Local fame can exist when the local community looks up to a person, group, or business. Wider scopes of fame can exist when brought to the attention of all those other people, such as through marketing, advertising, radio, television, and more. Of course, landing a spot on an outlet that reaches many people faces tough competition, and not everyone can attain that. Local fame helps in that regard, and can bolster the spread of that fame. Getting on television usually represents one of the greatest forms of broad advertising, so opportunities to get on television have high competition. Luckily, Grill ‘Em All had what it took to get on television, and since then, everything has gone up for them.

Back in 2010, the Great Food Truck Race debuted on Food Network, which featured a handful of gourmet food trucks that included Grill ‘Em All as a contestant. The Grill ‘Em All crew emerged victorious, claiming the coveted $50,000 grand prize, which went towards a restaurant that they would eventually open in Alhambra in early 2013. Now two years in business, Grill ‘Em All has cemented a solid foundation. Locals cannot stop talking about them, and travelers from across the world anticipate visiting this legendary heavy metal restaurant. In fact, many influential figures in music, metal or not, have appeared at Grill ‘Em All for meet & greets, or just to dine in. Grill ‘Em All has more than just the music theme going for them – their food deserves to sit on the top shelf, a testament to the high caliber set by all the other trendy hip restaurants in Southern California. The transition from food truck to restaurant allowed them to increase the menu items offered, but they still kept the fan favorites on the menu, including the legendary Behemoth. If you could choose one menu item to represent the flagship of Grill ‘Em All, everyone would choose this mammoth grilled cheese burger. When I say grilled cheese burger, I do not refer to a patty melt – I mean a burger placed between two grilled cheese sandwiches used as the “buns” of the burger. Basically, you have four slices of bread with this burger, bacon, BBQ sauce, grilled onions, pickles, and three layers of cheddar cheese: one on the all-beef patty, and a layer in each of the grilled cheese sandwiches. This basically represents a western-style cheeseburger with the BBQ sauce, onions, and cheese, except that instead of hamburger buns, you hold onto two grilled cheese sandwiches to devour this burger. I hope you have a monstrous appetite to down this – all that bread will make this burger a tough foe to thwart.

If you still have yet to visit Grill ‘Em All, why not start with their flagship burger? You can challenge this monster for just $12. Come glimpse at the beast that gave rise to the legacy known as Grill ‘Em All.

Dining out has changed drastically over the past few decades. In the early 1990’s, restaurants had a very homely feel to them, especially since social media and portable media devices did not exist back then. Most restaurants had “safe” menus that generally contained foods that people expected to see, and few chefs in the 90’s dared to serve anything out of the ordinary. Over time, the rise of portable media devices and social media, along with the progressive minds of the current generation of millennials, paved the way for chefs to start experimenting and devising new menu items. Industry news and food trends affected how chefs constructed their menus; for example, many restaurants started serving kale following the rising popularity of it in 2013. Food trends changed constantly, and just like technology, the general populace must keep up with these changes, or fall behind the times. Southern Californian locals never have to worry about falling behind the times when dining at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra.

Now two years into their restaurant in Alhambra, Grill ‘Em All has cemented quite a legacy over time. Locals cannot stop talking about them, and travelers from across the world anticipate visiting this legendary heavy metal restaurant. In fact, many influential figures in music, metal or not, have appeared at Grill ‘Em All for meet & greets, or just to dine in. Grill ‘Em All has more than just the music theme going for them – their food deserves to sit on the top shelf, a testament to the high caliber set by all the other trendy hip restaurants in Southern California. Anyone can create a list of the best burgers in Southern California, but they bring shame to Southern Californian burgers if they do not list Grill ‘Em All. I can go on and on about this, but to prove my point, just take a look at their rotating burgers of the month. Grill ‘Em All has concocted some crazy inventions in the past, and after going a safe route in February with a classic take on a burger, Grill ‘Em All goes the extra distance with their March burger of the month, The Sadistic Magician A.K.A. The Papa Shango. Named after the song and the wrestler, this burger dips into the breakfast-for-dinner food trend with its creative use of blueberry pancakes for the buns. As for the rest of the burger, a half-pound all-beef patty gets cooked medium-rare and topped with a breakfast sausage patty, bacon, and cheddar cheese, all on a spread of apple butter. You read that right – you get meat three ways in here with the burger, the bacon, and the sausage. The apple butter really helps to accentuate the blueberries in the pancakes, which keeps its form rather well despite holding up a large weight. For best results, flip this burger upside-down the moment you receive it. That way, the bottom pancake will not get too soggy from absorbing the burger’s juices and the apple butter.

Food trends in the past few years dictate that society accepts the notion of breakfast for dinner. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind burger at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra during the month of March 2015 for just $12. Savor what a heavy metal mind can deliver on a plate.