L Picture from Beacon restaurant
Last summer, I covered Beacon’s unlauded burger here. Early last January, Damon Gambuto files yet another self-contradictory LA burger review on AHT, this time covering Beacon’s “fusion” burger with half-enthusiasm. In May, I revisited Beacon for the burger as they celebrated their 6th year anniversary with a $6 burger special. (40% off).
And it was still good. This time around, I was smert enough to request less teriyaki sauce (let’s not call it anything else. It’s from a Japanese kitchen, it’s got soy sauce, it’s slightly sweet; that’s teriyaki as known to every American who’s ever had Yoshinoya).
The La Brea Bakery’s rustic roll still holds up great, without being too bready like Little Dom’s foccacia buns. It’s also not brioche, which allows the juices to stay near the patty as one ventures closer to the center of the burger. Eating Beacon’s burger is a sopping wet adventure, and the bacon provides a subtle smokey, salty contrast to the sweet caramelized onion – soy sauce reduction. At $6, this kills every Father’s Office burger I’ve ever had, which makes this particular evening a great celebration of Beacon’s presence in Culver City.
NB: The burger is now an “option” served at dinner, it is no longer merely a lunch menu item.
Grace’s final burger night.
Blah blah blah. Big expensive $16 boring burger. This burger is the burger meant to be made fun of by Carls Jr’s. Six Dollar Burger. It was cooked properly, the patty was moist (not juicy), the produce used had to have been fresh, but the patty itself lacked seasoning and pizzaz. A few twists of a pepper mill could’ve saved this bad boy. Instead, the night was rescued by the milk shake punched in the face by tequila. I’m going to make tons of this tequila milkshake at home to compliment the awesome oatmeal stout ice cream we churn.
The bun had a multisyllabic label, the ketchups and mayo churned in house, but the most savory of all this burger platter were the fresh pickles. Everything from the
iceberg butter leaf (similar to Comme Ca – blech), to the tomato, to the gruyere, projected blandness. By default, most lettuce tastes like blanched leaves, but this insipid build-up will cost a pretty $18 if chosen with bleu cheese.
After several visits to Grace for these “special” events, ie, doughnut flight, burger night, ad nausea, it seems better to let this restaurant bounce gracefully from one’s dining destination list into a coffin (which will soon be situated at St. Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles). Grace’s final burger night at the Beverly Blvd space was on June 13th, 2010. The final day of operations was June 19th.