South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
|A fist-sized burger at DG Burger|
It certainly smelled of tasty burgers as we approached the Bloomingdale's entrance of the mall. We were the only customers at the DG Burger space when we arrived at noon, so we encountered no waiting time. We ordered the DG Burger, $7.95, with aged Cheddar, $2.00 extra, cripes. $9.95 for a cheeseburger--we passed on the $5.00 fries, since a tiny bottle of Diet Coke was already $3.00, and a chocolate malt (it tasted heavily of molasses) was $5.00--it was a cloying and unpleasant version of a milkshake. Still, this was one of Charlie Palmer's self-proclaimed Damn Good Burgers. After a brief wait, our food arrived from the kitchen. The attendant at the ordering kiosk (not kidding) was kind enough to let us have the accompanying vegetables and sauce on the side--well, that's what I requested, twice. What happened is that none of that stuff ever showed up...Weak! I also had to ask her twice about the beef blend in the patties. She didn't seems to care enough to remember...keep in mind that this is Charlie Palmer's signature burger venue. We ordered the chicken skewers, too, but Happy Meal found them repulsive. They whisked them away from the table but failed to suggest/provide an alternative or offer a refund, so I just threw that 8 bucks away. Weak.
The Burger Breakdown...
The Beef: 60% Chuck, 20% Short Rib, and 20% Hangar Steak The patty was about 5 ounces, and the beef was coarsely ground. The beef was better than average:
- It was reasonably flavorful. It did lack a beefy punch, though.
- There was not taste of aging that one might expect from the non-Chuck elements.
- It was not overly greasy.
- It was almost juicy enough. The cooked mine pretty hard--maybe Med-Rare would have been better.
- The beef was toothsome without being chewy, and the gristle from the Chuck was minimal.
The Seasoning: The seasoned the exterior, and the blend was not seasoned. This was fine. The patty was small and thin enough not to require seasoning throughout. Still, it was lacking in umami flavors.
The Preparation: The small patty was medium in thickness--about 1/2 inch. The blend was formed into patties with gentle pressure, so the bite was firm without being chewy. Sadly, it was cooked too hard--Medium/Medium-Well. The puck of beef was cooked on a mighty hot gas grill.
The Cheese: It sure didn't taste like 2 bucks. It was merely fine. It was a competent medium sharp, white Cheddar, which didn't really stand up to the chewy bun. It did, however, lend some creaminess to bite.
The Bun: This was a toasted, Semolina/Potato bun. It was mild, dense, and satisfyingly chewy. The bun was fine and it stood up to the firmness of burger. This came from a local bakery.
The Meat to Bun Ratio: This was dead on.
The Value: The DG Burger was a lousy value.10 bucks for a small burger, no fries, and an extra 3 bucks for a mini bottle of soda was way too much. A bigger, better, and less expensive burger can be found at Umami Burger.
Charlie, you got me once, but you won't get me twice. The burger was pretty good, but it was way over-priced considering the following:
- the indifferent service,
- the meager portion size,
- the burger was mostly Chuck,
- the over-cooked and over-charred patty,
- the fries were $5.00 extra, sodas cost three bucks,
- the chocolate malt was not good.
Burger Review : Damn Good Burger was hyperbole for "Way Over-Priced, Dinky, Better Than Average But Not Great Burger." I walked in a fan, and I walked out a skeptic.
Rating...2 Bites....Service and Value were so bad that we factored them in. The flavor was better than average, but the burger was over-cooked and charred. We do not, by any stretch of the imagination, suggest that anyone go to DG Burger.