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  • Feb 20, 2011
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I had a coupon for a "buy one, get one" burger dealio so I called my friend for lunch. She drove to my place and we walked up to Sunset and over to The Counter to have a burger. Because we walked, I can neither complain or rejoice about the parking situation.

First impressions are important and the girl that sat us was friendly. My only problem with her was that she asked how I was and as I was preparing to give my standard "I'm outstanding" response, she was already into the "would you like to sit outside or inside" speech. Maybe that's my thing, but if I'm asked how I am...I'm answering.

We chose our seats and nestled into a corner table. Our server introduced himself and the menu and ordering process. It was beverage ordering time and we decided to order from their adaquate beer menu. We both had beers we've never had before. I had the "Original Drifter" and she had the "Raging Bitch". I don't want to get into the subconscious indicators of our choices, but the beers were good.

We took out clipboard and started to work on burger design. There are options on a regular menu I think, but we jumped right into designing our own burger. We both chose beef and went with the 1/3 pound option. It was multi-grain buns for both of as well as Danish Blue Cheese. (I don't know what is special about Danish blue cheese) After the bun and cheese selection you are allowed to choose four toppings and a sauce. For my toppings, I picked jalapeños and cucumber (cool + hot), red onions and sprouts. For my sauce I went with a chipotle aioli.

I was asked if it was OK that the burger would be pink throughout. I said that I'd prefer it to be a little more cooked than that, but mine came back pretty much well done. This was the biggest disappointment. Are the options rare or well-done only. If I make it back, I'll investigate this situation.

On a "side" note, I also had the fried pickles which could have been crispier. They were also a little bland and the default sauce option was odd. The server brought me some tobasco which helped.

Overall, I had a decent experience. I expected a little more for the price and considering the hype, though.

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review by . January 10, 2009
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review by . April 10, 2009
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review by . May 12, 2009
Ok someone seriously needs to explain to me what I am missing. Since when is paying almost $10 for a burger a good thing? I tried the counter last night for the first time because I had heard it was "the burger joint" to try. I cracked up when I looked at the clipboard because I couldn't believe how pretty much anything worth adding to a burger was $1.00 more than the already $7.95 you were paying for a small burger. Before I move on, let me define the counter's idea of small....its really small …
review by . January 10, 2009
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Choose from over 312,120 different burger combinations and build your own gourmet burger. Established in 2003, The Counter serves cold beer, wines, cocktails, burgers and fries.

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