Santa Monica, CA 90405
But please don't, just don't go here, not for a burger and certainly not for juice.
Zabie's is located a block from The Counter--I should have gone to The Counter.
I took Happy Meal (the youngster) to Zabie's after washing the car and seeing Despicable Me......for the second time....*sigh*
It was 2:00 PM on a Saturday, so the place was empty except for some guy and his creepy, ginger kid that would not stop eyeballing me, WTF?
Happy Meal ordered a freshly squeezed apple juice, and to his dismay, the fruit fly covered juicer delivered a pulpy, orange, opaque liquid that tasted strongly or carrots. When I mentioned this to the proprietress, she informed me that they NEVER clean out the juicer. BLEH. We got him some lemonade instead and passed on the drippings that filtered through what was presumably an unholy melange of composting vegetation being jealously guarded by a legion of drosophila.
The special board was merely a reiteration of 3 menu items....verbatim...at the same price listed in the menu. I do not think that "special" meant what they thought it meant.
We ordered two of their 10 dollar Angus burgers with Jack cheese. They came out Med Well, which was BS considering we asked for Medium,. but we didn't want to wait an additional 20 minutes for a re-fire. That was a good call, since the burgers would not have improved at a commensurate level to the added wait time.
The Burger Breakdown...
- Meat to Bun ratio was wildly weighted toward the bun--the dry, double-toasted, fibrous, brioche bun. There was half an inch, all the way around, of excess bun..excess, stale bun. Note: buns never need to be toasted on the top. The initial impression to the palate is dryness, and since the inside is already toasted, the crunchy texture is already achieved yet in a more appealing fashion without delivering the unavoidable unpleasantness that comes from toasting the outside of the bun.
- The beef: Angus, medium grind, densely-formed patty with a half-assed sear. They seasoned the hell out of it, but but something really bland like Mrs. Dash, so mustard was non-optional. The burger was D...R...Y. Drier than even Med Well should be. You can see from the "final bites" photo that not a drop of juice had seeped into the bun, because there was no GD juice.....only dust...dust and shame....dust and shame and disappointment....dust and shame and disappointment and impotent rage.
You know who eats cheeseburgers like this? Terrorists, that's who. Terrorist training camps feed the trainees nothing but Zabie's burgers and tell the recruits that this is what America is all about. No wonder they hate us so much. It was that I could do to stop myself from loading up on fertilizer and gasoline after choking down that bone dry monstrosity of a cheeseburger. Happy Meal couldn't even finish his (above), and that boy can EAT. I had to start him on an IV of saline and Ringer's lactate in the car just to rehydrate him.
Burger Review : Eff and No
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