Monday, December 15, 2008

The Counter

Editor's Note - This restaurant is now closed.

Normally we are not "supersized" fans of restaurant chains, but for gourmet burger joint The Counter, which recently opened a location in Salt Lake City, we're willing to make an exception.

At The Counter 1/3, 2/3 or 1 pound patties of beef, turkey or veggie (and grilled chicken) -- priced between $8.50 and $13.25 -- serve as the foundation for more than 312,120 different custom burger combinations. An array of basic toppings are included in the price of the protein, while burger aficionados can add extra "premium" toppings such as fried egg, sun-dried tomatoes and homemade guacamole for $1 each.

1/3 lb. Beef Burger with Danish Blue Cheese and Roasted Garlic Aioli - $8.50

1/3 lb. Turkey Burger with Blue Cheese, Fried Egg, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes - $10.50

Fries - Sweet Potato and Original - $4.95

This yacht of fries was a bit much for the two of us, so on our next visit we opted for the "single" versions at a buck each. Much more manageable.

Pumpkin Shake - $4.95

I was teetering on the edge of a food coma already, but I simply had to try the shake of the month: Pumpkin for November. So festive....and filling! I had vowed not to indulge in their shakes again until warmer weather would allow me to at least ride my bike there...and then I saw December's Shake of the Month: Eggnog. So much for resolutions.

The Counter's first location opened in Santa Monica in 2003, and was the brainchild of entrepreneur -- and burger fan -- Jeffrey Weinstein, who originally envisioned it as a one-off family-friendly burger joint. Soon the flagship spot, a mere 10 blocks from his home, was packed with people from all over Los Angeles, and Weinstein decided to spread his wings. Five years and 17 locations later, Weinstein's vision has crossed state lines and international waters to offer people the chance to truly have a burger their way.

- K

The Counter

188 South Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101


Blogger Stuart said...

Fried eggs on burgers is genius. I'm a big fan, but always got strange looks of friends when making them :)


11:17 AM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

The Counter is awesome. There is one in Irvine too. I have been there several times.

1:21 PM  

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