The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
The Drugstore Burger from The Grill has received many good reviews, prompting Mr. K and I to go visit.
The Grill is one of two restaurants located at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. The Grill is the more casual of the two. On a warm day, you can request outdoor seating which overlooks the pristine Torrey Pines golf course.
The Drugstore Burger
This is a simple, no frills burger. The burger patty is made of Niman Ranch ground chuck. It’s garnished with shredded lettuce, chopped onions and house-made mayonnaise, which creates a nice slaw. There’s also fresh tomato slices and pickles. The sesame seed bun is cooked on the griddle, giving the bread rounds a good char and crunch.
The burger comes with some mixed greens drizzled with ranch dressing. You can also upgrade to French fries for $2 more.
Mr. K requested the burger cooked to a medium.
We both enjoyed this burger. It was a solid, no-nonsense burger and meets all the expectations of what a properly cooked burger should taste like. However, while we enjoyed it, it’s not one I’d necessarily go out of my way to eat again. Because of its simplicity, I couldn’t help feeling like this is one I could recreate on my own and save a few dollars.
The Balboa Burger**
The asterisks denote the fact that asking for this burger by the above name may result in some confusion.
I love finding off-the-menu items, and when I read Eater’s article revealing two secret menu spin-offs, I had to try one. Unfortunately, it apparently is so so secretive that our waiter had no idea what I was trying to order. Luckily, I was able to customize my burger with the additions of what I believe the Balboa burger is supposed to be: topped with a fried egg and bacon. (Each topping was an additional $2.)
There was a generous amount of thick-cut crispy bacon. The sunny side egg arrived slightly broken, but the runny finish just made it look even more mouth-watering. In theory, I thought I would love this burger, but I actually enjoyed the original Drugstore burger better. The bacon and egg, while tasty, seemed excessive and didn’t really blend well with the burger.
I upgraded from the salad to the French fries, as I am of the philosophy that a salad does not belong anywhere near my burger. Thin-cut, crunchy and lightly dusted with salt, I thoroughly enjoyed these fries. I was surprised when Mr. K ordered the salad, but then he promptly tried to eat all the fries off my plate.
Overall, we enjoyed the well-executed burgers and the view, but I wouldn’t make a special trip here just for the burger. But if you’re out golfing or have plans to dine at The Lodge, it’s a definite menu highlight.