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.
BEER: With just one IPA (Sierra) on tap, we opted for the Racer 5 in 22 ounce bottles. Turns out they only had two left, so we had to share. With the impending decision of what to have next, we opted for a Sierra, an Alley Cat Amber, and Stella.
- Control Burger
It had to be done! Check out that stack of produce! This burger stands up with best of them. Relish buns are light, but really tall. Great flavor, gooey cheese, and of course bacon. Definitely recommendable. Fries were basic, but really good.
Painted Hills All Natural Angus, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pepper Jack and Sierra Nevada Porter Spicy Brown Mustard
- Lamb Burger
As you know, we'll try just about anything in burger form (see VeLion review). I was really looking forward to this burger. I had a lamb burger in Bermuda, 4 years ago, and it still ranks at the top of my list. So, when I bit into this one, I was a little disappointed. In my haste, I didn't realize that this was marinated in Jerk spice, I know it's right in the title "Miami Spice". Holy cow it was spicy! I like spice, but really? I couldn't taste anything after that. You can see in the picture, that there was pineapple slice in there, I couldn't taste it, great idea though. Luckily, my beer was within arms reach. BTW, this is a 2 beer minimum burger.
Ground Colorado Leg of Lamb Marinated in Jamaican Jerk Spice with Grilled Pineapple, Caramelized Onions and Macadamia Nut Pesto
- Ahi Burger
Another departure from the standard burger. The waitress recommended ordering it "naked" (no bun - on top of lettuce), not feeling amorous, it was ordered fully clothed. She was right, the bun really dominates, but it still had a ton of flavor. Despite being really cold in the middle, it was fully devoured.
5 oz. Ahi Tuna Steak Marinated in Soy, Fresh Ginger, Garlic, Cilantro, Sesame Oil with Daikon Radish Slaw and Thai Peanut Sauce
- Kobe Burger
The fancy sounding “Napa Valley American Kobe Burger” sounded delicious. Not being sure what “American” Kobe Beef was, I looked it up …interesting. One of the other RSB’s had the same burger, and we both felt it was pretty good. For me, the red peper aioli and goat cheese overpowered the greatness of the Kobe. It was cooked perfectly though.
The onion rings were really good too. As you can see, they are of the thick variety. Fried just right, so the onion didn't slide out after the first bite.
Snake River Farms American Kobe, Laura Chenel Goat Cheese, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Mesclun Greens
VERDICT: Really good. Everyone seemed to really like their burger. It was nice that they offered a variety of burger styles. I think next time I go, I’ll stick with control burger. Experimenting with different burgers really makes you appreciate how good a simple burger can be. Also, next time we’ll sit out on the patio!