Here are some photos from my trips to Five Guys and Eureka!Burger:
1. In my column, I said the grilled onions and mushrooms were skimpy on the Five Guys’ burger I bought last week while on vacation in Maryland:
2. And here’s another look at it. This one is a “little cheeseburger” with a single patty:
3. Compare this to the regular cheeseburger I had at River Park, with two patties. This one has toppings of lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup and mustard. As you can see, the burger is a little crumpled from the foil wrapping:
Frankly, I’m not a fan of the foil. My take-out burger in Maryland was a little soggy by the time I got back to my relatives’ house. I prefer In-N-Out’s paper wrapping, which helps prevent sogginess and gives their burgers a better appearance.
4. But I’d rather have Five Guys’ fries instead of the ones at In-N-Out. Five Guys’s fries are bigger, and they give you lots of them. Here’s my cup of fries. (There were still a lot left in the bag):
5. While waiting for your order at Five Guys, you can snack on free peanuts:
6. Here’s a shot of the menu:
7. And some shots of the exterior and dining room:
8. Now we move to Eureka!Burger. Mike showed you a bunch of photos from his visit last weekend, so I’ll stick to the food.
Here’s the Fresno Fig Burger, with housemade fig marmalade, melted goat cheese, crispy bacon, minced tomato, onion, arugula and a spicy porter mustard sauce.
I like the emphasis on using local ingredients, such as fresh figs and buns made by Max’s Bistro and Bakery:
9. Eureka!Burger was quick to point out that they do much more than just burgers. Here’s its shrimp po boy sandwich, with buttermilk-battered, deep-fried shrimp on a housemade roll with coleslaw:
10. The gold rush beet salad is one of the six salads on Eureka!Burger’s menu. It has vinaigrette-tossed greens with roasted beets, candied pecans, dried cranberries, and breaded medallions of goat cheese:
11. Of Eureka!Burger’s desserts, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Candy is the most popular. It’s honey-cured bacon topped with melted chocolate, chopped walnuts and dulce de leche:
The mint garnish seems silly here, but hey, I’m not a fan of sticking mint on something just for a bit of color.
This would work much better with a chocolate shell (couverture, perhaps?) instead of melted chocolate. That way, it wouldn’t be so messy.
And I’d prefer a stronger caramel flavor than chocolate flavor, but that’s just me. Anyone with a fascination for bacon in dessert will likely be happy with this one.
So, there you have it. Check out both new burger spots, then come back and tell us what you think.