I've been hearing a lot of buzz/hype about a place on Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica called "The Counter", and I finally went there Saturday night.
It was loud and trendy, filled with 20-somethings, 30-somethings, abd their toddlers in a variety of wheeled devices. Not at ALL my kind of place, except ...
... the burger was FABULOUS.
Check out their website: http://www.thecounterburger.com/concept/
I had a 2/3 pound beef burger on a wheat bun with the following:
Danish blue cheese
It was the best burger I've ever eaten, I'm sorry to say ('cause that means I'll have to go back, and it was SO LOUD).
The sweet potato fries were pretty good, too. And the service didn't suck (they kept refilling my soft drink even though I can't imagine how the waitress could see us through the murk or hear us over the din). They've got a full bar, which might explain why the place attracts so many youths.