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.