Counting on The Counter Pasadena + Wine Detective Charity Event

Posted by Anisha | Posted in , , , , | Posted on 1/02/2010

If you know me, you know that my parents pretty much work 24/7. They call the store which they manage their first baby. I often joke that they neglect their only child -- me.

They got off of work early and were home by 7pm, meaning one thing: dinner and a movie. We wanted something quick, but not fast food. We weren't in the mood for a home-cooked Indian, so we decided to hit up the Counter Burger in Pasadena.

I have been to The Counter twice before. I love that I have options, more so than the twenty-so burger toppings and the mind boggling list of sauces and spreads. As a Hindu, it's nice to know a burger joint offers something other than the holy cow! Serving turkey, chicken, and a scrumptious panko crumbed-out veggie patty, The Counter strives for customization. Check out their menu here.

[50/50 -- sweet potato fries > onion rings]

[anti-purist trifecta]

Last night, the three of us ordered the "50/50" of onion rings and sweet potato fries! The not-so-purist in me loved that the appetizer is served with ranch, barbecue, and spicy mayo. By the end of the meal, we tried to soak up as much of the spicy mayo with out fries, leaving the other two sauces almost untouched.

[ahi tuna burger]

My mom and I split their monthly special, which is usually pretty darn good. Last month, they had a delicious Greek-style lamburger. I heart lamburgers ever since my Vegas experience at BLT (Bistro Laurent Tourondel) Burger this past October. This month, the special was a Japanese-style ahi burger. The burger boasted ahi tuna, daikon radish, furikake nori, carrots, scallions, mixed greens, and an orgsamic wasabi aioli. I insisted we order the tuna rare, which scares my we-don't-eat-raw-food-except-vegetables-and-fruits-and-you-shouldn't-either parents. The burger was delicious, and I enjoyed the texture of the carrots and daikon radish with the rare, pinkish tuna. The highlight of the meal and my new obsession is their wasabi aioli. I need to figure out how to conjure and bottle up that aioli so that it is readily available to douse, dip, and drench just about anything I can snack on.

[Dear The Counter, please send your loyal fan the wasabi aioli recipe!]

The only thing I did not love about this meal was that I forgot to order it on a honey wheat bun... sad times! The Counter also offers your burger in a bowl of mixed greens, on an English muffin... and plain ol' white buns.

I love this Pasadena location of The Counter, as it is hidden away on Shopper's Lane off of Lake Avenue. It's right across from the Wine Detective, a great segue into my next topic...

Do you love wine?
Are you a food enthusiast? (I mean really, you have to be... you're reading a food blog)
Would you drink for charity?
Want to meet up with fellow bloggers/tweeps?

If you've answered "Yes!" to these questions, join me and other bloggers on January 24, 2010 at the Wine Dectective charity event, organized by Chef Austin Szu. A proceed of each sale will go to Make A Wish Foundation. RSVP soon, as it's only $35 presale and $40 at the door -- and yes, the ticket includes wine and some light appetizers!

[credit: http://www.winedetective.com]

The Counter: Custom Built Burgers
140 Shoppers Lane
Pasadena CA 91101
626.440.1008

Wine Detective
146 S. Lake Ave #109
Pasadena, CA 91101
626.792.9936

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Comments (2)

What do you think of the Indian restaurants in the SGV?

I'm a big fan of Nirvana in Arcadia for South Indian food, but it is a bit pricey. Also, New Delhi Palace in Pasadena is delish! Not fond of Akbar in Pasadena.

I prefer hitting up Little India!

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