421 East La Habra Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631
I know I have been neglecting some of you. I know I claim to be, "Eating My Way Through OC", but I have let some of you down. I have missed entire cities in my quest to find the best food our county has to offer. Really? I have never been to a restaurant in Brea, but have been to 2 restaurants in Aliso Viejo? That just does not seem right. I have been to zero places in Los Alamitos, but have been to 16 places in Laguna Hills! Ugh, this stops now. There are 34 cities in our great county, and I pledge that I will have reviewed at least one in every one of them as soon as possible. So lets get to it. La Habra, you are up first.
Our first La Habra joint is the well reviewed G Burger. I read about G Burger in the OC Weekly, OC Register and one of my favorite blogs, Eat In OC. This place is known for their great burgers, which have been called the best OC has to offer. We arrived at lunchtime, just as a cop was getting on his motorcycle to resume his duties. My Mom, who was joining me for this lunch asked him how it was. He smiled, gave us a thumbs up, and told us it was great. Policeman always know the best places to get their grub on, so I knew we would be in for a treat.
Ordering is done at the counter of this small restaurant. Behind the registers is the large grill where the workers are putting together the burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. After ordering we grabbed one of ten tables in the place and waited for our food to arrive. I can imagine this place gets a little cramped at times, but we found it to be clean, and cozy. After about a five minute wait, our food arrived and looked like this.
To put it literally, I went big here! What you see above is the namesake burger of this restaurant, the G Burger. This hamburger came with everything, and I mean everything. Everything includes, house thousand island dressing, tomato, sweet pickles, teriyaki glazed mushrooms and onions, homemade Cole slaw, grilled pineapple, fried egg, pastrami, avocado, cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, chili, and an extra hamburger patty for good measure. Quite simply, this was one of the best burgers I have ever had. I thought all of the toppings would cancel each other out, but that was not the case. Even with everything on this burger you could taste the freshness and quality of the meat. The freshness of the toppings came out as well. The crispness of the bacon, the saltiness of the pastrami, the sweetness from the pineapple, the creaminess of the fresh avocado. It was like a chameleon of a burger. Each bite was different, and more delicious than the last. To be honest, I got this burger for the shock value, but I do not think I will get anything but the G Burger on my next visits here.
My Mom was not in the mood for a burger, (her loss), but she spied the BLT Ultra-Sandwich and had to have it. She never orders BLT's in restaurants, but this one sounded too good for her to pass up. This sandwich was made up of two types of bacon, (applewood smoked and hickory ), lettuce, tomato, chipotle mayo, and avocado. My Mom enjoyed the fresh produce on this sandwich and also liked the fact that there was plenty of bacon on it. There is nothing worse than having a BLT sandwich and they only put 2 or 3 strips of bacon on there. Not the case here. Also something needs to be said of the buns here. They were very solid, and even with my burger, they stood up to all the toppings. Nice texture and the bread did its job here.
I had heard of their Onion Rings before I had even walked in here, so they were a must to try. They do not use the standard onion here at G Burger. They use red onions to make their rings. They also do not use the standard breading for them either, they use cracker meal. The result is a more flavorful onion ring, with a breading that sticks to the onion better. The lack of grease surprised me because these rings did not lack flavor. The House Ranch served with these had a great consistency and was a good condiment to have with these onion rings.
If you could not tell from reading the review above, I really enjoyed this restaurant. We even got to talk with the owner, George for a little bit. He was very gracious to talk with us. His philosophy with G Burger seems to be that he makes things that he knows he would like. I would say that his palate is pretty much dead on. Everything we had on this visit was great. The prices were not too bad either. My burger was $14, but with everything that went on this, it was worth every penny. The BLT sandwich was $6, and all other burgers were under $8. After eating here, I was wondering why it took us so long to get to La Habra. It also made me stop and think what is hidden in the other eight Orange County cities we have yet to get to. Villa Park, we are on our way!
Out of five hibiscus flowers, (it is the official flower of the city of La Habra, and I did not want to take the easy way out and make the rating about La Habra's own, Octomom!), five being best to zero being worst, G Burger gets 4 solid hibiscus flowers.
For more information on G Burger, click here: http://www.gburger.com/about_us