Burgers, We Like ‘Em All

These Are Triple Triples with Cheese, FYI.

These Are Triple-Triples with Cheese, FYI.

Craving a burger in a hurry? 

You’re in luck because, in San Diego, we’re deep in the heart of In-N-Out country.

Zagat just confirmed that the fresh, never-frozen, made-to-order regional icon is tops in the country for drive-through burgers.  

No surprise here.  It’s pretty common for visitors to make a point to stop at In-N-Out. 

But, San Diego’s bevy of burger options does not stop with the double-double or animal-style.

Bring up the “best burgers in town” question and you’re likely to start a ruckus (the only topic more controversial is fish tacos…we’ll save that for another day). 

Rocky’s Crown Pub in Pacific Beach and Hodad’s in Ocean Beach are hotly debated favorites that end up with a place on almost every one’s list.  On the burger-and-a-beer front, people swear by The Waterfront in Little Italy or the High Dive in Bay Park.   Adventuresome types who dig ostrich meat like to call out Tioli’s Crazee Burger in North Park and those with kids are looking forward to the reopening of Corvette Diner at Liberty station later this month. 

Personally, I’m a fan of sticking to all-natural, grass-fed beef and house-made buns, sauces, etc.  (That way I can rationalize burgers as good for me!)  Faves include Neighborhood in the East Village, Burger Lounge in Coronado/La Jolla/and soon Little Italy and The Linkery in North Park. 

What’s your favorite San Diego burger joint?

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About Kate

I own, and use, a library card, a record player, a sewing machine and a meat smoker.  Ride my bicycle every day and will, sometimes, wear my roller skates in the house. Have a wealth of useless knowledge – for which you will be thankful when we’re teamed up in Trivial Pursuit.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?

Hike through the spring wildflowers in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Watch the July 4th fireworks over San Diego Bay. Eat Julian Apple Pie a la mode and check out the autumn leaves. Ice skate and enjoy the twinkling holiday decorations at the Hotel del Coronado. All in the same day.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

I’ve always wanted to be able to stop and restart time like that Twilight Zone episode back in the 80’s, “A Little Peace And Quiet,” but, you know, without the a-bomb at the end. Basically, I just want to avoid waiting in lines.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Brunch, without a doubt. Also, cocktails by the pool, outdoor movies in Balboa Park, scouring the swap meet for vintage finds, hanging out on the patio at the Casbah between sets, lawn games and backyard barbecues.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Give me uni plucked from the sea by local divers, a warm, crusty loaf from Bread & Cie, luscious Carlsbad strawberries, sweet local lobster in season and creamy Fallbrook avocados. And, most definitely, a grass-fed beef burger with Winchester gouda and a cold San Diego craft brew.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

Honestly, I buy my records at the thrift store and depend on my husband to download new music. Lately he's been stacking the deck pretty heavy with 90's indie rock, bluegrass covers and drone metal.  Go figure.

For more San Diego dining dish, follow Kate on Twitter @katebuska.

7 thoughts on “Burgers, We Like ‘Em All

  1. Not only does Burger Lounge have organic, grass fed beef burgers and basil enriched turkey burgers perfect for any lunch or dinner, but they also have the most amazing quinoa veggie burgers I’ve ever tasted. Try their 1/2 and 1/2 order of onion rings and fries on the side and you are certain to fall in love. And now, they have 4 locations for your convenience!

  2. Burger Lounge is without a doubt the best burger in San Diego! You must enjoy their fabulous grass fed beef, or amazing quinoa veggie burger!

    • Stephanie, the new Little Italy location is opening this week. Just a few blocks from the office. Very exciting…although I’ll have to put in a few extra workout sessions to make up for it!

  3. I was just wondering if anyone has heard of this new place called San Diego Lobster in Hillcrest.. is it any good? I hear they have fresh lobster from Maine. has anyone tried it? Thanks

  4. Yes – Burger Lounge and Crazee Burger are truly superior burgers! But I have to say that I have discovered a superior burger among superior burgers – Starlite Lounge on India St. serves a Brandt beef burger with Gruyere cheese and carmelized onions that I cannot get out of my mind.

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