The Burger Kitchen

A Chicken Sandwich Dinner at The Burger Kitchen.

I’m loving my group coupons like Living Social and Groupon Deals lately!  They have one for a place I’ve been wanting to try since reading Jonathan Gold’s LA Weekly article in August.  The Burger Kitchen on 3rd and Crescent Heights.

I call to make reservations, but at 7pm on a Monday we pretty much have the place to ourselves, and settle into a cozy booth.


The menu is a bit overwhelming – burgers burgers and more burgers.


The Living Social coupon is $15 for $30 worth of food, but even then I wasn’t willing to shell out the extra $20 for their $50 “Dead and Gone to Heaven Burger.”  It has a dry aged prime blend of meat, lobster medallions and truffle oil.  So after much deliberation, I go with the more reasonably priced Gandhi’s Gift – which isn’t even a burger!  It’s grilled chicken, curry sauce, and mango chutney.

The first thing to come to the table is a side order of sweet potato fries.  It really is some of the best I’ve ever eaten.  And I love that they come out like an appetizer, so we can give them our full attention.


It could use a dash of salt, but there is none on the table and we scarf them down so quickly I don’t even have time to ask the waitress for a shaker.  We polish them off before they even have a chance to get cold, dipping them in fabulous garlic aioli and ketchup.


Then the burgers arrive. Impressive!



I try a bite of Abe’s – a vegan patty with greens, lots of avocado, tomato and some extra cheddar that he orders. It is good – he is raving about it (and he’s very critical about his veggie burgers).

Mine comes with a pile of butter lettuce and tomato too…


…plus plenty of chicken (3 layers)…


…but something is definitely missing! I devour about half of it before I realize, “This just tastes like a regular chicken sandwich!”  I pick it apart and see no sauces – no curry, no mango chutney.  Ghandi left off his gift!

Eventually, the waitress does bring me out a side of the chutney to finish off the remainder of the meal, but by that time it’s cold and mostly just bread left.


I should’ve spoken up sooner, and I should’ve ordered a burger.  What was I THINKING going into a place called “The Burger Kitchen?!”

I’m willing to give it another shot – just for those fries alone.


22 thoughts on “The Burger Kitchen

  1. KeepItSweet

    i hate when your dish is missing such a significant component!! sometimes when I ask for dressing on the side I get a salad lacking half of the fun toppings as well

  2. Amy @ Second City Randomness

    3 layers of chicken?!?! Oh my goodness…

    I love a good burger joint. The little things they do to make everything amazing- even the presentation of the fries looks fun!

  3. Shanna, like Banana

    Those are some monster burgers! Awesome!

    I too love fries when they serve them as an app and bring great dipping sauces.

    Fun night!

  4. Monet

    Those french fries do look good…and I’m also very critical of my veggie burgers. I’m glad that Abe liked his! You will have to go back and try a regular burger, I bet they are delicious. And yes, those fries looked amazing!

  5. Lauren

    My hubby would LOVE this place! We ate a similar restaurant in Vegas called BLT Burger. It was very good but the real star of this place was the milkshakes. Nothing goes better with burgers than a milkshake.

  6. Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Mmm, Abe’s burger sounds SO good!! I love anything with a lot of avocado. And yes, you probably should have ordered a burger, haha. I did something similar once. I went to the Boston Pizza Company and ordered chicken parmesan. Not surprisingly, the pizzas looked WAY better than what I ordered.

  7. lequan

    Wow, $50 for a burger? Wouldn’t it make sense for one to just get a whole lobster for $50? Go figure.

    Those burgers do look huge, too bad they left out all the sauces on yours. I always give places a second try if I don’t like it the first time, but the second try is my final straw. Hope your second experience is much better.

  8. Julie

    Those SPF (sweet potato fries) look GREAT… and dipped in mayo I’m sure would be pure heaven. $50 burger… not so much.

  9. lowandbhold

    I do that all the time. I get so involved in eating that I forget to pay attention and then it’s all gone… Abe’s burger looks good!

  10. wendy lee

    You learned an important lesson: ALWAYS order a burger in a burger place!!! The sweet potato fries look amazing.

  11. Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Too bad about the missing sauce! But the fries do look great! And it sounds like you got a great deal! I haven’t had a burger in quite some time. I think it’s about to get one… 🙂

  12. twobooswhoeat

    Those fries look incredible. I am obsessed with sweet potato fries. I order them from places whenever we go out!

  13. jessica o'brien

    i was so excited to take scott there, when i saw the construction awhile back, but then we both became vegetarians! bah!!! glad to see abe (who is looking VERY much like gideon yago!) liked his veggie meal.

  14. MizzJ

    Excuse me, but doing a review on a burger place with a veggie person is just wrong!!! hahaha Those burgers look monstrous and they deserve a review with a heart-stopper of a patty 🙂 It is a good sign though that they manage to do veggie burgers well, since most places don’t.

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  15. Daniel

    Hey, this is one of the owners here at Burger Kitchen, Daniel Saffron. I am so sorry we forgot the sauce for ghandi’s gift. To make up for it, if you come back, feel free to order anything different, and I will give you a free round of drinks on the house, plus a “mini” version of the ghandis gift WITH sauce 🙂

    Thank you so much for your review.



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