The Counter

Ben and I have been watching a lot of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It’s our new obsession. We were going to hit up a local dive, but it turns out they are only open for breakfast. Boo.

So, we went with Plan B – finding a super awesome local burger place. We decided to hit up The Counter for “custom built burgers”.

The Counter restaurant

I’ve known about The Counter for a while, but I’m not a big burger person so I brushed it under the rug. Until today. My friend Terence has urged me to take Ben here for over a year. But most of the time when we go out to eat I am craving something specific. Today I was “go with the flow” so we finally hit it up!the counter menu

The great thing about The Counter is it is a “build your own burger” place. They have great toppings – 12 different kinds of cheese, about 74 different sauces and the topping choices include Fried Egg,Guacamole, Hardboiled Egg and Spicy Pepperchinis

I decided to get a Veggie burger in a bowl. Their veggie burgers are house made and full of rice, beans and mushrooms. It was good!

build your own burger

Ben got a vanilla shake. The other day when we went out I learned that vanilla is his favorite shake flavor – didn’t know that! I think it’s fun when I learn something new about that guy I live with married.

vanilla milk shake

We got the “Combo Plate of Happiness” to share. I don’t think that’s the official name, just my personal opinion. It has Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Straws, Shoe string Fries and Fried Pickle chips. the counter appetizerAnd it comes with four sauces on the side – some fancy garlic Ranch, BBQ, Sweet Asian and a Horseradish Mayo. the counter sweet potato fries

I asked for the Blue Cheese on the side and they totally hooked me up. My dressing choice was the Chipotle Aoli. One of the things I have to say is ALL of the sauces at The Counter are really good. We tried 6 different kinds between the fries, dressing and Ben’s sauce. I liked them all.

the counter burger in a bowl

The veggie burger was really good too! I am all about veggie burgers when you can see what’s in them. Tasty town.

The Counter Veggie Burger

This Burger place is all over SoCal so if you want to visit you can find a location near you here. They’re also in Ireland – random.

I would definitely recommend it, if nothing else – for the onion straws alone. Yes, they were better than the sweet potato fries!


  1. says

    Yum, The Counter looks like a tasty place to eat.
    I watch triple D all the time. I love seeing all the quirky places, but I am just a wee bit concerned about Guy Fieri’s cholesterol level. One of the hazards of the job, I suppose.

  2. says

    I’ve been to The Counter once but it was years ago. Before I had a blog so at least 3 years. I really want to go and try the combo plate of happiness. (love that name!)

  3. says

    i used to eat at the counter a lot, but since umami came into my life i rarely go anymore. if you ever wanna check out some DDD places in la lemme know – my husband can’t eat at most of them b/c of the meat.

  4. says

    i wanna go there! im gonna go google it and see where in the oc it is. we have a new place called deemers in aliso that is really, really good burger place. not make your own though. bummer.

  5. says

    I work at the gym right next to the Counter you went to and I’ve never been! I’ve only heard great things about it, and now that I have glimpsed the beauty that is the Combo Plate of Happiness, I think I need to go!

  6. Lorin says

    Theres a Counter in San Diego and it is really good as well. It’s actually a nice burger place to go for a vegetarian because they have alternatives and other options as well.

  7. Glenn Jones says

    I read somewhere that the people who run The Counter had their roots at In n’ Out. Definitely more upscale!

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