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The Counter

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.


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River Rock Tap House

Third times a charm one can hope. The River Rock is located in the building that used to be occupied by ill-fated Taco Loco and the confusing Tex-Mex. This concept is simple, tried and true – pub food and beer. The key though, is good pub food and good beer, and River Rock seems to have figured this out.

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BEER: River Rock claims to have over 40 beers on tap, but two of the three IPA’s up for consideration were out. I will commend them on having a great list of brews, including Green Flash and Wipe Out, would love to see some Stone brews here as well. Fortunately, no matter your beer style preference, you probably will find something you like.

River Rock only serves two burgers, Classic and the Guinness. The Classic is served dry, with red onion and tomato. Usual add-ons are available for $1 each.

Bacon and Blue

Classic Rock Burger: Essentially the control burger, BUT this one had Pt. Reyes Bleu Cheese and apple wood smoked bacon. Of course it was ordered medium-rare, and of course it came out a perfect... medium -- dam. The bun, classically called the "Signature Bun" was good, but would have been better slightly warmed or toasted. The cris-cut fries were fantastic! All in all, a good basic pub burger.

Classic with Guac

Classic Rock Burger: Guac this way.  This burger patty alone was definitely overcooked. I ordered the usual medium-rare and I hope they were going for medium-well because they nailed it!  However the good news is I didn't just have the patty, the guacamole was very tasty and very moist.  The tomatoes were fresh, lettuce was crisp, all adding enough moisture to make it a great burger.  I will definitely be back for another burger and this time I will ask them to toast the bun.  (and shoot for medium-rare)

Guinness Burger

Guinness Burger: Details

On paper this burger read like the greatest thing since bacon.  Unfortunately, I was left disappointed.  My burger was ordered medium rare and delivered a disgraceful well done.  In addition to the over cooked patty the bun was cold and the quality of meat was suspect.   Whew!  Now that I got that off my chest, lets talk about the positives.  The over-medium egg was a welcomed addition by adding much needed moisture and it was a perfect complement to the excellent homemade  Guinness gravy.  Hopefully the  chef was just having a bad day because the potential of this burger is outstanding.   Due to the delicious criss-cut fries and outstanding appetizers, I trust they will make the improvements needed for it to be Ro sham worthy.

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Pizza Rock

I know what you’re thinking…”Why would RSB go to a pizza place to review burgers?”  Well it’s an easy answer, Pizza Rock serves more than just great pizza!  Located at 1020 K st, downtown Sacramento, this place is very awesome!  From the dj booth in the sky (inside a Peterbilt truck cab hanging from the ceiling), to the extensive beer and wine selection and cocktails, a totally rockin sound system, a very spacious patio out front, to some of the friendliest staff that RSB has encountered.  We chose to sit out on the patio to enjoy the wonderful July weather we are having, and promptly started off with a Pizza Romana #II as an appetizer and it was Deeelicious!  We did wash that down with some quality beer! Next, it was on to the burgers, and WOW did we enjoy them.  We will be back for sure!
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The Yard House – Roseville

The Yard House breaks the “Non-Chain” rule, but the draw of 140 beers on tap was too powerful to resist! Located in the Fountains of Roseville, the Yard House is a perfect fit. The designers somehow managed to turn this former Smith & Hawkin’s store into a great looking restaurant with one of the biggest bars I’ve seen. Read More, see photos→

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Morgan’s Bar and Grill

The Ro Sham Burgers were at it again and this time we chose to patronize Morgan’s Bar and Grill in East Sac. on the corner of 34th and S. This locally owned watering hole boasts house made, slow cooked BBQ, quality hamburgers, and of course an ample selection of brew. I must say the RSB’s were surprised (in a good way) on several accounts during our visit.

First, their beer selection more than met our strict standards. Two beverages of choice were the Deschutes Brewing Companies “Mirror Pond Pale Ale” and Lagunitas “Lil’ Sumpin.” Both brews were refreshing and a excellent change-up from the standard go-to, Sierra Nevada. All in all the RSB’s give Morgan’s credit for having some variety on tap. Cheers! (more…)

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Clubhouse 56

The Ro Sham Burgers decided it was time to do a little  multi-tasking.  With the NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, Giants and A’s  games all going on at the same time, patronizing a local sports bar that is well known for its awesome burgers and brew became the obvious choice.  Clubhouse 56 had been on our burger radar for quite some time now and this night was the perfect opportunity for us to check out this neighborhood watering hole and eatery.
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Relish Burger Bar

With the weather being so nice, and all of us available, we decided to take a trek up to ElDorado Hills and check out Relish Burger Bar.

The Burger Bar sits in the corner of a typical up-scale looking mini mall. The outdoor patio, perched above Latrobe and White Rock Road, looks really nice. Unfortunately, there was a Blues band playing out there. Too bad, we really wanted to enjoy the sun.  It’s not that we don’t like Blues, but we do like to be able to talk to each other without yelling. (I am not old!)

Inside, Relish is a cross between a diner and a nice restaurant, booths lining the wall and tables within. We pulled up a table for 6 (and a half), so our waitress had her work cut out for her.

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MonkeyPod, Maui

Every once in a while you gotta spread your wings and fly, to Hawaii that is. On a recent trip to Maui, we got the opportunity to check out a new restaurant, MonkeyPod. Located in pricey Wailea, Monkeypod is another excellent spin-off from Merriman.

When we arrived it was only the second day that they were open, so we expected a few hiccups. Read More, see photos→

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Capitol Garage

Capitol Garage Bacon CheddarThe fact that the RoShamBurger bro’s ended up at Capitol Garage because of an unexpected and unfortunate closure of a scheduled stop on the tour, soon became a non-issue after an ice cold draft beer.  Cheerfully greeted by our waitress, who was very helpful with items not listed on the menu for the little RoShammer, also recommended the Jack and Blue Burger(Jack Daniels sauteed mushrooms and onions with Gorgonzola crumbles) which was enjoyed by my two burger bro’s, I stuck with the control burger.  All of the burgers came out perfectly cooked (medium rare) one with onion rings, which were very well cooked and tasty, and the others with fries seasoned with a special Capitol Garage mix of season salt, fresh cracked pepper, garlic powder, and sugar! VERY YUMMY! I washed all that yumminess down with an IPA from Lagunitas (Petaluma).  Read More→
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Rubicon Brewing Company

What could go wrong? Brews. Burgers. Something else that starts with a “B” (…I got nothing).  OK, maybe our waitress wasn’t a fan of the beers she was slinging, but I won’t hold that against her. I’ve been to the Rubicon numerous times, and I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed, and others must feel the same way, because it’s always packed.

So, the RoShamBro’s headed out last night, and although I knew what to expect, I had to put my burger critic hat on. After looking over the menu for what must have been 20-30 seconds, we all decided on the Rubi-Q Burger – topped with cheddar, applewood bacon, an onion ring, & BBQ sauce. Although this is a little beyond our usual “control” burger, we all felt it was the right thing to do. Read More, see photos→

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Spin Burger Bar

The Ro Sham Burgers visited Spin, Sacramento‘s newest gourmet burger joint owned by the 33rd st, Bistro co..  The RSB’s were impressed with the quality beer selection(not diverse, just quality) which included Racer 5 IPA and the local Monkey Knife Fight.  Once we were all satisfied with our quenching beverage, we indulged ourselves with a unique twist on a Southern favorite(deep fried pickles).    The dill pickles came lightly battered and were accompanied with a delicious sriracha ranch dipping sauce.  Now that we were off to a fantastic start, it’s time to “talk burger.”  The usual was ordered, bacon and white cheddar cheese burger, as well as a bison burger.  All burger were ordered correctly…medium rare, of course.
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Burgers and Brew

Located Downtown Sacramento, this stop on the RoShamBurger circuit was a great one!  Not only were all three of our Bacon Cheddar Burgers cooked exactly to order at Medium Rare, but their beer selection is amazing!  Too many beer choices to list.  I also feel like I need to mention the outstanding service we recieved from the wait staff at Burgers and Brew, a small but very critical part of a dining experience.
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