THE QUEST FOR A BURGER: PERSONAL CHALLENGE, DAY 25 (10.11.12)
My body is on strike from all of the activity. My sore muscles and tired limbs want a day off from walking around so my quest today will be simple–try a new food. With tons of local restaurants in Altadena and Pasadena, this is not an easy task so I needed to narrow down my search to a simple quest for a really good burger.
I searched Yelp and found a burger place with decent ratings, located very close to home. The place, Super Burger, is located on Altadena drive. I made my way over to the burger stand, parked and started to walk toward Super Burger when I noticed the lights were off. I checked Yelp and discovered that Super Burger closes at 7:30 pm. It was 7:31 pm. Crap.
So now I was in search of something else. I decided to drive down foothill and see if anything jumped out at me. As I approached a red light at Foothill and Halstead, I noticed on the corner a restaurant called Hook Burger. Perfect. I pulled into the parking lot and checked out the ratings on Yelp. There were several raves for the Bistro Burger and their fries (and beer but I wasn’t in a beer mood).
So I walked in and was happily greeted by the cashier. I placed my order for the Bistro Burger and took the cashier’s recommendation for the regular fries, as opposed to the sweet potato fries. She inquired about my Hook Burger status. I revealed I was in fact a Hook Burger virgin. She welcomed me and explained how the Hook Burger experience plays out. Basically, I just needed to place my order and have a seat. The Hook Burger staff would cater to my every need (involving my meal only). I sat down with my drink and waited as my meal was prepared then served.
The Bistro Burger was awesome! I instantly had to text my California sister and tell her that I found the perfect burger place for us. In my opinion, Hook Burger is better than Habit and even better than Umami (opening another location soon in Pasadena, by the way). I am so glad the Universe intervened when I had tried to go to Super Burger but fate sent me to what I would now call my new favorite burger joint, HOOK BURGER.