National Burger Day is May 28th, and to celebrate we’ll be featuring a burger every day of the week here on Dig Lounge. Hold on tight, it’s gonna be a gut busting week.
Today’s meat and buns is from West Hollywood. Rounds Premium Burgers is a new kid on the block, open just since the beginning of this year. Located on a strip of Santa Monica Blvd that is about as colorful as any neighborhood could get, surrounded by bars and clubs that never seem to slow down. Rounds is serving up some of the best burgers we’ve had in We-Ho in recent memory. (Except maybe, perhaps Carolynn Spence’s damn good burger at Marmont.)
The high quality, loosely packed Angus meat is served on soft pillowy brioche buns. The burger comes, stacked high with bacon, cheese, crispy onions, and a 1/2 lb* patty. It looks slightly ominous when it arrives, but they are easily pressed down into a almost manageable bite. The meat comes well done, bollocks! They don’t ask you how you want it cooked, but I assume you can request it medium rare, which I will next time.
We were informed via a press release that Rounds is the latest creation by brothers George Ghaby and Charbel Ghabi. George helped create Juicy Burger in Hollywood, which makes that location worth a visit as well. One thing for sure, they know how to craft a good burger. Rounds was recently voted #2 on LA HotList for best burger for a reason, beating out Umami and The Counter. (See who got #1) You can build your own burger with numerous toppings, or stick to one of their pre-determined specialty burgers. Like the Western Devil, a combo of buffalo sauce, breaded jalapeno, and bacon or the Santa Fe which comes dripping chipotle mayo, a roasted green chili and oozing jack cheese. Their fries are the house cut variety. The sweet potato fries are fresh, perfectly sweet and salty and come with a selection of dips like garlic mayo or chipotle ketchup.
It’s definitely a destination and worth the drive for a burger, that is, if you have the patience to deal with parking. The only parking available are highly coveted meters or crowded public lots located down the street. And it’s open till 2am for those light night meat cravings, no pun intended.
*Note: I didn’t weigh the patty, nor was it specified, but it’s just a guess.
Parking in We Ho can be challagning. But you’ll be rewarded with great burgers and great people watching.
The fries are fresh cut, and it shows in both taste and presentation.
The Santa Fe Burger, a well balanced burger with a good meat-topping-sauce-bun-ratio.
My custom burger with cheddar cheese, bacon, crisp onions and garlic mayo.