The Counter Burger Bar is located in the Fountains in Roseville. The RSB’s had been talking about this stop on our burger tour for quite a while. Last week the stars finally came into alignment and we found ourselves on that end of town (according to my phone we were in a whole new time zone), and it sure felt like a long drive from Downtown Sacramento area. First walking into the restaurant it looked clean and well kept. We were quickly seated at an outside table by our friendly host. Next we had to try to navigate through the lengthy and very confusing menu/checkbox order sheet. Choose your meat, choose your burger size, choose your cheese(s), choose your toppings (approx 20 choices), choose your premium toppings, choose your sauce (another huge list of choices), choose your bread, choose your side…(how many more choices do I have to make?). Maybe I’ll just stick with a signature burger…or…I can’t make one more choice. Ok maybe a beer choice.
- Bacon Swiss Guacamole
After all was said and done I got my burger exactly the way I ordered it...well almost. I think you might notice there is no guacamole, which is a premium topping that you would pay extra for if the person reading the confusing menu card had noticed I had checked the guacamole box. Apparently the menu system even confuses some of the help. All in all a good burger, checked it off the list. I don't think I need to go back! If you love alot of choices, you should give it a try!
- Control: Bacon Chee
With so many choices in front of me, I ran to safety, Bacon Cheeseburger. I must say, the large mound of bacon was much appreciated. Cheese was cheddar, the bun was standard. This is the nearly the most basic burger one could create. It was cooked perfectly - medium-rare. Definitely, tasty, definitely middle of the road. Kudos to the waiter for letting us have a "frings" basket of fries and rings, also very good.
- Bacon mushroom w/gourmet cheese
With a ridiculous amount of options, I chose to be safe and creative all at the same time. First I went with the pretzel bun which was fantastic and a perfect complement to my superbly cooked medium rare patty. I safely went with bacon topping and went out on the edge again for the horseradish cheese(also an excellent choice). All in all my burger was fantastic and I look forward to my next Counter encounter.
Suzie should be lumped in with the other chain cafe’s of it’s caliber, Habit, 5 Guys, etc, but this one is the original. Not that they have any other locations, but it is owned by the 33rd Street Bistro company. Apparently their used to be a Suzies in Land Park, and two brothers wanted to recreate the burgers of their past. So, they converted 1960′s Orbit/Philips 66 Gas Station (Googie Architecture), complete with roll-up doors into their ideal burger stand. Good for them to turn this dump that used to be a LubeStop into something nice.