Sunday, October 21, 2007

Burger Lounge In Kensington Is Open

After a day that involved going to a job recruitment thing and an afternoon with the kids at my mom's daycare, my sister and I had built up an appetite and decided to try out the new Burger Lounge in Kensington.

I've been watching the space transform from Just Fabulous to the Lounge, and have to admit that it's a little sad that Just Fabulous couldn't survive, even if just that the interior design of the space was so cute. The fundamental design is the same and the color palette similar, but there's something more stark about the new location.

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We chose a table outside because we had Johanna in her carseat and there weren't tables inside that would seat us. I was expecting more of a menu, I guess, and didn't understand the concept. Why are there 5 waitresses if I'm ordering my food at a counter? Because I order at the counter, do I tip in the jar or on the table, or is there no tipping expected?

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As for the food, my burger was delicious. The menu is small...there are grass-fed beef burgers, turkey burgers, and veggie burgers. All of them are served with lettuce, tomato, onion, American or cheddar cheese, and homemade thousand island dressing. There are also fries, onion rings, shakes, etc, though the menu is entirely a la carte. A $6.95 burger ain't bad, but add another $2.95 for fries, your beverage, and suddenly your spending a good chunk of change for what a friend of mine called "a glorified In n Out". I'd say this burger beats In N Out, but their "hand cut fries" didn't really seem hand cut. For convenience, I might go back to Burger Lounge, but I don't see myself becoming a regular.
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The food was good, the waitresses were really nice, and our orders came quickly, but next time I crave a burger, I'll probably go to Ponce's where I know the fries truly are hand cut and come standard with your order.

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