Mmmm…my favorite burger place in Claremont (where I go to school) is The Back Abbey. Their burgers are so filling and flavorful. The Back Abbey Burger is topped with aged gouda, mustard aioli, carmelized onion, Niman Ranch bacon and micro greens all between the best Brioche bun in the Inland Empire. The Vegetable Burger is loaded with a grilled portobello mushroom, zucchini, red bell peppers and eggplant with feta cheese and herbed verde complete with a Brioche bun. Not only are the burgers amazing but their beer selection is impressive, with a lot to choose from. Some of my favorites that they have on tap include Kwak and Delirium Tremens. If you ever happen to find yourself in the Inland Empire (I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy) I’d definitely make your trip worth it by heading to the Back Abbey in the charming Claremont Village.
128 North Oberlin Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Bottega Louie: Set in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, this restaurant screams modern royalty. Just walking in, I felt regal and important - until they told me there would be a 15 minute wait (I then remembered I wasn’t Senator Brown’s daughter - my friend once got us into The Bazaar by José Andrés by telling the receptionist the reservation was for Senator Brown’s daughter…upon reflection, I think she meant Governor Brown). Anyways, this restaurant/gourmet market is a bright and open area that juxtaposes the urban, cluttered Downtown area. The menu is mostly italian and features pizzas, pastas and other classic italian dishes. I ordered the burger (Kobe beef, bibb lettuce, Brandywine tomato, aioli & red onion served with Kennebec French Fries) and added Sharp Cheddar cheese. It was one of my top 5 best burgers, easily. It was pink, tender, juicy and flavorful. Prices are steep - my burger was $15 and macarons are $2 each, but worth the splurge. The gourmet market is worth looking at as well, I am not the hugest macaron lover but these were not only tasty but quite beautiful to look at as well. Bottega Louie really is one of the prettiest restaurants I have been into, and provides an open environment, which can be a breath of fresh air in the sometimes claustrophobic Downtown area.
700 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017 map
tel +1 213 802 1470
Shake Shack creates the only burger that comes close to tasting as good as my West Coast usual, In-N-Out. With locations across the East Coast and even in Dubai, this burger joint rules the East in terms of “fast food” burgers. I use quotations because for the price of my burger at Shake Shack, I could have gotten about 3 burgers from In-N-Out. But this burger was amazing. I figured I’d go all out and get the Shake Stack which is a cheeseburger and ’shroom burger (crisp-fried portobello filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheese) topped with lettuce, tomato, and Shack Sauce. Yeah…I went there and didn’t regret one bite. This burger is hardly fast food - it uses good quality meat (sirloin and brisket), actually took kind of a long time to come and cost $8.50. Nevertheless, I highly recommend Shake Shack if you are on the East Coast (or Dubai).
If you are interested to see how Shake Shack sizes up against Five Guys and In-N-Out check out this article.
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