Cheeseburger Week Chronicles: Del Frisco's Grille Serves Up Impressive Contender

Lake Avenue eatery delivers a back-yard style burger in an upscale setting

Published : Wednesday, January 9, 2019 | 5:55 AM

“This might be the best burger I’ve ever had,” my dining partner said, breathlessly.

I could stop this review right here.

But now you’re hooked, let’s move forward, shall we?

Day two of our Cheeseburger Week coverage found us at Del Frisco’s Grille, frankly, one of our favorite burger spots in the city. An upscale, special-occasion-or-expense-account lunch place.

Who knew that they could produce such a remarkable burger, one that tastes and feels like it was made in your friend’s backyard? That’s if your friend happened to be a gourmet chef, of course. But you get the idea.

We both opted for the Grille Prime Cheeseburger, with doubled-stacked USDA prime beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, red onion, sloppy sauce, tomatoes and pickle. No onions on hers. No tomatoes or onions on mine.

Oh man, even the pickle was delicious. The burger is dripping with juice, and the cheese is a thick, moving waterfall that you almost feel as much as taste.

At the first bite, I thought, “Oh, I’m going too fast!” wanting the cheeseburger to last forever, or at least wondering if it was not too late to order one more. Two more.

The bun is toasted and soft and spongy enough, and the flavor, all at once in a big bite, is likely not what the Canton, Ohio natives Frank and Charles Menches, food vendors at the 1885 Erie County Fair, had in mind when they first served their “hamburgers,” with just ketchup and a few onions.

This cheeseburger serves notice at the first bite: “Like me. A lot.”

And we did. And you will. Go.

Del Frisco’s Grille is at 55 South Lake Ave, Suite 150, Pasadena, 91101 (626) 765-9913. https://delfriscosgrille.com/pasadena/

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