I was one of the first to try out the “damn good” burger at Charlie Palmer’s DG Burger opening yesterday. I even had the honor of meeting Chef Palmer himself who briefly filled us in on the story behind the “damn good” burger.
The menu here is very simple: the DG Burger ($7.95), Citrus Glazed Skewers ($7.95), Sausage Sandwich ($6.95), fries ($5) and two types of salads ($5).
DG Burger is a Black Angus beef burger comprising of a blend of ground chuck, short rib and hangar steak and grilled on an open non-charcoal grill to sear in the juices. It is then finished on low heat to maintain the juiciness of the burger. The meat is served at a perfectly pink medium rare on a bun made with unbleached wheat flour and potato flour, buttered and toasted for a crisp finish. The bun was slightly “toothy” for me, sticking to my teeth as I chomped down into it. The burger itself was very tasty indeed.
Sausage sandwich is a delicious grilled garlic sausage topped with roasted peppers and onions and pillowed between a semolina hoagie. I loved the texture of the bread — wonderfully chewy without being doughy. The toasted exterior gave it a delightful crunch with every single bite! Wonder if I can get my burger on the hoagie instead?
French fries here are medium cut and remained crispy even after 30 minutes. There are four dipping sauces to choose from and every order is accompanied by one of your choosing. There is a 75 cent charge on additional sauces.
Out of the four: curry ketchup, roasted garlic sour cream, bacon mayo, chipotle aioli, my favorites were the first two.
Curry ketchup reminded me so much of the stuff my best friend uses on his fries — he’s from the Netherlands and they sell that stuff in a bottle. I am not a fan of regular ketchup on my fries so normally I would use mayo instead, but this curried stuff is absolutely mouthwatering.
Everything here is house-made of course and absolutely addictive. Roasted garlic sour cream is so divine I want to slather it onto sandwiches or even use it as a dipping sauce for the chicken katsu I make at home. It is THAT good! Maybe they can consider selling it?
If you like milkshakes, by all means get one. The $5 price tag may sound expensive but once you take a sip you will understand why. The malted chocolate was to-die-for with the richest chocolatey taste you will ever encounter in liquid form. The strawberry was filled with the aromas of a strawberry field ripe for the pickings. The best part about having a DG Burger is that you can enjoy it with a tall milkshake, a glass of wine, or a bottle of beer!
|malted chocolate shake|
DG Burger is open from 11.30am to 4pm and depending on whether there is a function held in the private room (where DG Burger is) at Charlie Palmer, you might even be lucky enough to enjoy one of these damn good burgers for dinner!
DG Burger at Charlie Palmer, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA. Tel: 714-361-4264
***Photography by Mahesh***