RE: Just tried The Counter in Santa Monica
The burger itself was delicious, and would have been wonderful without any of the toppings. The beef was flavorful and juicy. Of course, I had the 2/3 pound burger, so it was large. But, while most places squash out the burger to be flat and cook quickly, this one was thick (over an inch high). When I ordered, the waitress said that their standard for burgers is medium -- pink in the middle -- and asked if that was OK. I said yes, but my companion asked for medium-well. My burger was exactly medium, and my companion's was cooked correctly, too.