Wake and Wander Runs Out of Gas at Burgers and Beer

I knew I had made a mistake when I looked at my watch and it was 7:45 p.m. Burgers and Beer, the first event of TASTE, had chewed me up and spit me out in under an hour.

Delphine Burger.

I tried my best to pace myself, but my wandering eyes and the close proximity of the next table lead me down a road of temptation. I put some of the blame on the food vendors – each restaurant served sliders, some almost as big as a normal burger. Delphine impressed and made tiny burgers – and I found them appropriately sized and reasonable and delicious. Bacon and onions and cheddar – can’t go wrong with any of those.

Misfit served up a hell of a burger as well: Grass-fed prime beef, Edmond Fallot Dijon, Aioli Cheddar, tomato, and arugula. I liked how they got away from the traditional bun, too (see photo).

Still, at 7:45, as I was sitting at a table in the comfortable Los Angeles evening, I realized that there was no way I would be getting my money’s worth. Tickets to the event were $125, and I was ready to tap out before half time.

Misfit Burger.

I’d put the feeling of eating too much right up there with the worst of bodily states – and I think beer is the last thing I like to drink when I’m full. It was sort of cyclical for me in that way: The more I ate and drank, the less I wanted to continue.

That’s a shame, too, because I had some awfully good burgers. And it was weird – I woke up this morning and sort of craved a burger. Not necessarily the bread, but the hot beef and melted cheese that, for some reason, always tastes better on holiday weekends.

I’m headed off to drink some wine now, and maybe some tequila later.

Photos:

Delphine Burger.

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