|October 1, 2012|
Everyone has a weak spot. Mine is burgers. I can’t seem to get enough. Well I thought maybe I’d send some love out to one of my favorite burger places and give you some dining out tips.
Customization is everything! Whether you’re at a place liked Stacked where the whole concept is about customized burgers or you’re at another joint that is a standard order-from-the-menu type place. Always think about what goes into the dish. Did you know that you can cut out an average of 100 calories (depending on the location and type of cheese) by opting for hamburger over the cheeseburger?
Now let’s talk about Stacked (one of my favorite burger places). First things first, you place your order on an iPad! Being an Apple loyalist, I was sold before I walked in. But where they get their tagline “Food Well Built” comes from this iPad ordering system. It’s a build-your-own type concept that as you add things to your burger, you see a visual of what toppings are on your burger…pretty cool.
Now for the food. I didn’t really order that healthy this time around but I think I can enjoy a binge every here and there. What I ordered: Whole Wheat Bun, Angus Beef Patty, Pepperjack Cheese, Iceberg Lettuce, Chipotle Mayo, Roma Tomatoes, Pickles, Bacon, Avocado, Caramelized Onions and Roasted Poblano Peppers. Came to a pricy $10ish dollars but you get what you pay for. It was worth every penny.
Their gluten free bun is probably the best I’ve ever had at a restaurant. It doesn’t fall apart or mush like many other places. One of the tricks to a filling burger is making sure you top it with plenty of veggies (or fruit if it floats your boat). I always add extra lettuce for a good (nom nom) crunch and always get extra tomatoes on the side. The more veggies you get onto your place, the more full you will feel. If you finish off a well stacked burger here, you really don’t even need to order a side of fries. (But if you do, I highly suggest the sweet potato fries. Yum yum!) Anything creamy you should stay away from if you are looking for healthier options…Or do what I did and run a 10k the next day so you can enjoy the aioli with minimal guilt. But seriously, the best thing to do is stick to a mustard and maybe ketchup. Mayo, Thousand Island, or any special sauces should be avoided if you are eating light.
Stacked isn’t just burgers. You can also build your own salads, pizzas, and if you want to be really bad, try a build-your-own milkshake! Sorry non-SoCal fans, Stacked is still growing but for now there are only 3 locations. For more info on Stacked, visit their website.
**This post contains my own opinions. I was not compensated in any way by Stacked. (Yup, I paid for that $10 burger and I liked it.)