I had a little giggle when I pulled in. This burger joint used to be a bank that I worked out quite some time ago. The safe seems to be the kitchen now. As it should be. That's where the gold is kept, right?
I will say I am a bit of a purist about my burgers. I prefer to make them at home. I really haven't quite grasped the whole concept of going out to eat one unless it's fast food and you're on some ungodly long road trip with limited options. Don't talk to me about a turkey burger or worse, a TUNA burger. Tuna does not a burger make. That is a fish sandwich. End of story.` The counter doesn't stop with beef, turkey and tuna. They overwhelm you with not only the likes of a chicken breast, bison and vegan options. And to keep it even more non traditional you will find burger bowls because carbs are the devil in some food religions. Then you move onto an ungodly amount of choices of what to put on your burger. I am not joking. It's like taking the SAT's all over again. There are boxes to check and the more you check you go into high finance spreadsheet territory.
Speaking as someone who gives menu options to clients for a living, too much choice is not a good thing. I realize it's an American thing but a lot can go wrong in the hands of an unskilled eater (and a lot can go right).
Away from the whole burger and sandwich situation is lots of other things to keep your mind off what comes between a bun/in a bowl. Traditionally you will find shakes and fries. Untraditionally, and thankfully, you will find some spectacular sweet potato fries and onion strings. Those on a plate with a blasphemous turkey burger may actually make me happy here. My friend didn't even bother with one of 2086 sandwich concoction options. She simply went for a bowl of chili! It did manage to come with two fat slices of grilled bread and she cleaned that bowl til it shined.
There are pages of non burger items on the menu before you even get to the burgers! All this made it lose its burger joint appeal and the concept got a little lost on me early in. I don't mind a high priced meal by any means but they do want $5 for a big cookie and the burgers just simple 1/3 lb without add ons start at 10.50. Once you change the bun, fancy up your cheese or pick kale over lettuce prepare to pay. If you don't get beef, many of the other between the bun options cost more as does a bigger beef patty. That big appetite of yours comes with a price you know.
All that said, my burger was perfectly cooked and very tasty. I loved the half and half of onion strings and sweet potato fries. Nice service and free soft drink refills makes it all go down easier.
If you're overwhelmed by choices they do offer a premade burger menu with the build preset and taste tested but why not stick to the basics? Burgers are comfort food. I save adventurous dining for ethnic cuisines but that's just me. I didn't have a warm fuzzies when I left like I had hoped from a burger. I had a fully belly and a doggie bag though. You chose your priorities.
I doubt I'd return here, especially having discovered Village burger and nothing yet beats that home made iron skillet seared beef patty with the perfect lean fat ratio. It's 3 bucks and I don't have to put on shoes to enjoy it.
Counter burger is just too much everything else but a burger. I will give it a good rating for the quality of food. Concept wise it is just too much.