I need to write about the Micheal Pollan books I read in Florida. That will come. In the meantime, my husband is insisting that I review the place we went for dinner last night: The Counter
The Counter describes itself as "the 21st century's bold answer to the burger joint". I'd say that's pretty accurate. It's an upscale burger chain, where you can create your own custom built sandwich, chosing from four different patties (beef, chicken, veggie and ground turkey) and an array of high quality cheeses, toppings, sauces and buns. They claim to have more than 312,120 different burgers on their menu.
Higher quality custom burger joints seem to be the hot thing right now. We sampled one in Vegas last year that had Kobe beef and truffles as options. The Counter offers "certified humane meats, fed on all vegetarian diet". I assume this means the feedlots didn't supplement with beef tallow and bone meal, the way McDonald's beef does. It doesn't mean these were happy cows in pastures before they were conked on the head and ground up. (No, I'm not a vegetarian, why do you ask?)
In addition to burgers and sandwiches, they also serve up fries (both regular and sweet potato), onion straws, salads, and turkey chili. They also serve up fantastic milkshakes, which I am no absolutely in love with.
Together, we split an order of "half and half fries", half sweet potato and half regular that was more than we could finish. I had a beef patty that was thick and juicy, cooked medium, topped with blue cheese, mixed greens, tomatoes, dill pickle chips and peppercorn steak sauce on a wheat bun. My husband ordered beef with corn and black bean salsa, scallions and shredded lettuce. We both decided to wash them down with a couple of shakes. I ordered a chocolate malted and he ended up with a cherry pie shake, made with cherry pie filling and graham crackers.
Now, granted, I don't drink a whole lot of milkshakes these days, but I have to say I don't recall when the last time I had one this good was. I'm craving another chocolate malted right now, actually.
The service at our location was spotty. Maybe it's because they just opened, but they didn't seem to have things down yet. We waited at the unmanned hospitality station for seats. Then we waited to give our drink orders. Jimmy had ordered an apple pie shake, but they brought him cherry. He declined to make an issue of it. Once our food was ordered though, it came out hot and fast and was very, very good. So if they can get a handle on the service, this will quickly become a favorite for us.