Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Best Burger

Last night for my birthday my husband and I went to 25 Degrees in located in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. A new twist on a burger joint created by Tim and Liza Goodell, proprietors of Dakota, Troquet, and the Red Pearl Kitchen concept. I was wondering about the name, 25 Degrees, and I found out that the name refers to the temperature difference between a medium rare and well done burger.

Sitting in the cozy half-moon shaped leather booth, looking at the rich textured wall coverings and chandeliers, we felt like we were transported to another world. But another world that served something very familiar--burgers.

As we settled into the relaxed atmosphere we looked at the menu and imagined what our unique burgers would taste like. The wonderful thing about the sirloin burgers at 25 Degrees is that you can choose your toppings. And since my husband and I have different tastes in burgers we were able to decide what we each thought would be the best burger ever!

The burgers were incredible! I got the sirloin burger topped with midnight moon goat cheese, garlic aioli, avocado, prosciutto and arugula. He got the sirloin burger topped with smoked mozzarella cheese, bacon, chili and jalapenos! The burgers were served inside an incredible bun, much like a brioche and they were hot and juicy. And huge! It took us quite awhile to finish the burger.

And what is a burger without fries and onion rings? We had to share the 1/2 & 1/2 (1/2 french fries and 1/2 onion rings) which was served in a large chinese take-out container. Instead of the traditional ketchup we went with dipping sauces for the fries and rings--garlic parmesan and horseradish cream. So good!

I had to save room for the chocolate shake which was a wonderful ending to the perfect meal. The waitress did recommend the Guinness float and we will definitely try that next time.

If you are looking for an outstanding burger and a unique dining experience you should definitely try 25 Degrees. My husband said that it was the best burger he has ever had and I would have to agree. Oh yeah, and they were showing "Legends of the Fall" on the flat screen televisions...interesting choice!

25 Degrees is located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd, inside the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Open for breakfast daily 7am-10:30am
Monday to Wednesday 11:30am-1am
Thursday to Saturday 11:30am-3am
Sunday 11:30pm-10pm

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