The COUNTER , great burger joint !!

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2009/08/25 23:17:46 (permalink)

The COUNTER , great burger joint !!

Date visited : Aug. 8th, 2009, while in L.A./San Diego for a weeks vacation..
I visited this new location in EL SEGUNDO , CA, (about 3 miles from LAX and the beach)
It's in a brand new outdoor shopping center that opened less than a year ago.(Whole Foods Market, Barnes and Noble, etc
There are a few dozen or so COUNTER locations around the country now, mostly in CA.
(original COUNTER burger is in Santa Monica).   
 COUNTER, El Segundo, CA  (southern Cal.!!)
 
I ordered the 2/3 pound burger..(there is a 1/3 pound burger as well)
I received sundried tomatoes, but did not order them... (the joint still has some kinks to work out)
I love their sauteed onions...
Great CHARBROILED taste; all burgers are cooked MEDIUM, unless you tell them otherwise...(I stuck to their medium, cause this burger was so thick... and I played it right, cause I got a real nice amount of pink, but yet the burger was still real hot
 
Here is one of my favorite pics of my week long  trip...
I just love the way this pic shows off the JUICIENESS of this burger concoction!
And , my teeth marks are barely visible!!

www.thecounterburger.com  for a location hopefully near YOU !
My nearest one (so far) is in West Hartford, CT....
So in the 5 hours or so it would take me to get up to CT, I could almost be back at the L.A. location!
Hey, BLUEMAXX, this COUNTER burger is as excellent as the one I had with you at the Counter location in Royal Palm Beach, which unfortunately closed (and it was the only one in FL!)
 
 
post edited by ellen4641 - 2009/08/25 23:32:20
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    enginecapt
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/25 23:50:27 (permalink)
    "Ha! hold my Brain; be still my beating Heart."

    (Apologies to William Mountfort, but dayum, that looks good!)
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 07:48:41 (permalink)
    you know--this could be a chain i would like!
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 09:04:36 (permalink)
    Great looking burger, Ellen.  I read on their web site that there will be one in Philadelphia.
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 09:11:56 (permalink)
    Ellen,
    I want to be you. How do you get to travel to so many places?
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 11:36:08 (permalink)
    Why isn't this thing with the bitten-into burger in the Fast Food Franchises & Non-Roadfood Chains section?
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 11:39:58 (permalink)
    I'm sure the Mods will move it if they want to....
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 12:03:36 (permalink)
    Have been to the one in West Hartford several times - I love the pick-and-choose menu, and the burgers have been consistently great. Cooked perfectly, nice fresh condiments/sides, and they have excellent sweet potato fries!
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 13:32:05 (permalink)
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    Michael Hoffman

    Why isn't this thing with the bitten-into burger in the Fast Food Franchises & Non-Roadfood Chains section?


    Maybe because it's about hamburgers?!

    I understand pointing out glaring issues or inappropriate posts, but Ellen's subject matter certainly fit the heading.
    Personally, I was happy to come upon the post when I clicked on "hamburgers".

    Yeesh!

    It's about a chain's hamburgers. Thus, it belongs in the chains section.

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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 14:37:13 (permalink)
    This is the third thread you have posted this photo (of the half-eaten burger) to within a few days. I think you have 'overexposed' the image. Multiple repeated entries are discouraged on this site, as you well know.
     
    As an example. Farmer Boys, my favorite FF chain anywhere, is a small chain in SoCal..35-40 stores. That makes it a CHAIN, not a burger joint  per se. We have had this discussion on the site many times over the years, and the leadership has been clear about the rules. The new members are encouraged to read those rules before sticking their foot in their 'post'. Repeated violations will mean loss of posting priviliges.
    post edited by mayor al - 2009/08/26 15:09:20
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 15:23:24 (permalink)
    MiamiDon

    Great looking burger, Ellen.  I read on their web site that there will be one in Philadelphia.

    Hi Don,
    That  Counter Burger has been "coming soon" to Philadelphia for over a year now...
    (wish it would "arrive" already!!)
     
    I posted this "half eaten" burger on one other thread, WJ's thread...
    I don't personally consider this a fast food chain , of sorts, as they use fresh ground beef , and there are only a few dozen or so locations..
    (but they do use frozen french fries)
     
    My bad if I put it in the wrong forum...
    PEACE, everyone!!
    adios!
     
     
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 15:27:40 (permalink)
    Thanks. I had a feeling you would understand.
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 16:27:44 (permalink)
    Ellen, I would not consider it a fast food chain  but it is inded  a chain restaurant with all those locations.

    It sort of reminds me of a chain (regional) in our area called  Ledo's Pizza.  Most people around here really like it.  Our family happens not to like it at all.
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 17:00:40 (permalink)
    Thats why I compared it to Farmer Boys in my other post. I consider FB's as a must stop whenever I am in SoCal and their burgers (among other choices) are outstanding. They are mentioned on this forum due to the growth from a family run business to a franchise operation. All I can do is hope they won't lose their quality as they expand!

    I have no doubt that 'Counter' is a great place and hopefully its other stores are maintaining the level of quality!
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 17:54:11 (permalink)
    mayor al
    I have no doubt that 'Counter' is a great place and hopefully its other stores are maintaining the level of quality!

    Good point, Mayor Al, since all too often the level of quality goes down as the chain gets bigger  (particularly if there are a few oddball locations away from the home base)
     
    Hey, Al, regarding my "overexposure":  That  bitten burger was'nt on 3 threads  ....(as it was NOT on my "Mar52 and I" report)   (just my TOPS burger was on the Mar52 thread)
    I only posted it TWICE, but it sounds like it was twice too MUCH !  (my bad)
    It can be tough keeping up with me and my burgers, lol .... 
      
    I just thought "Hamburger" when I made my forum choice....
    that was just the first thing that came to mind...
    I hear you, GREYMO, about your saying it's not  fast food, but still a CHAIN none the less...
    Peace again, everyone! Chow! 


    post edited by ellen4641 - 2009/08/26 19:12:14
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 18:45:32 (permalink)
    ellen4641, Great job on the report and pics, as usual.  You have a unique abilty to pick the winners.    

     
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/26 19:13:36 (permalink)
    joerogo

    ellen4641, Great job on the report and pics, as usual.  You have a unique abilty to pick the winners.     

    Great to hear from you, Rogo-man !
    I DEAL lots of winners, too !

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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/27 06:00:28 (permalink)
    Looks mighty good to me no matter where it came from. Good picture as well Ellen.
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/08/27 09:08:24 (permalink)
    John A

    Looks mighty good to me no matter where it came from. Good picture as well Ellen.

    Thanks , John A...!    As you can see, it was all about the BURGER for me ....
     Note the absence of FRIES in my pics...
    I was rebelling a little, cause their fries are frozen, according to the waiter...
    (even though their sweet potato fries are decent, I believe a place like that with such a strong BURGER, should also have FRESH CUT fries...)
    I figured I'd save my appetite for other munchies for later that day!
     
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/09/05 19:47:50 (permalink)
    Burger doesnt look done to me.I like a little pink,but thats rare.
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/09/05 22:26:19 (permalink)
    ellen4641

    joerogo

    ellen4641, Great job on the report and pics, as usual.  You have a unique abilty to pick the winners.     

    Great to hear from you, Rogo-man !
    I DEAL lots of winners, too !


    Dealing with the winners is probably a lot more difficult the dealing with the losers.
     
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    Re:The COUNTER , great burger joint !! 2009/09/13 22:46:28 (permalink)
    mayor al

    Thats why I compared it to Farmer Boys in my other post. I consider FB's as a must stop whenever I am in SoCal and their burgers (among other choices) are outstanding.

     
    Superb choice Mayor, I am a fan of Famer Boy's, an outstanding chain for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also like to a lesser extent another Inland Empire FF chain, Baker's.
     
    For the uninformed the Inland Empire is the area east of Los Angeles, San Bernadino, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Redlands, it sits about half way between L A and Palm Springs 

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