Burger restaurants have been popping up like crazy in San Diego this last year. One of the newest burger franchises to enter the San Diego market is Elevation Burger, which opened about three months ago.

As you may have guessed from the name, Elevation Burger’s goal is to “elevate” the burger experience, both through providing high quality ingredients, and also being mindful of the environment. Recently, I was invited to tour and check out the current San Diego location, meet the owner, and sample the menu.

The ground beef patties are 100% organic, coming from grass-fed, free-range cows. The meat is actually ground in the restaurant, and the patties are hand formed, which is immediately apparent once you get your burger. The french fries are fried with olive oil. They have two veggie patty options to lighten your burger meal. And the ice cream shakes are made with real scoops of ice cream (Blue Bunny brand).

After a short tour, we were presented with the menu to order from.

First our drinks. Elevation Burger carries coke bottles made with cane sugar. In addition, they always offer one fountain with sugar cane. During our visit, it was the root beer. We had a bottle of coke, root beer with sugar cane, and of course we had to try an ice cream shake.

This is the final variation of my McDonald’s inspired breakfast sandwich cups. So far I’ve recreated bacon egg mcmuffin cups, sausage mcmuffin cups, and bacon biscuit cups. Now I bring you Sausage McBiscuit cups, which actually recreates what used to be my favorite breakfast sandwich, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to make.

I have many other breakfast cup ideas, but I think I’ve had enough of the McDonald’s breakfast sandwich inspired ones for now.

Like all the other breakfast sandwich cups I’ve made, this is easy to make and very portable. You can bring it to a brunch, grab one for breakfast on your way out, etc.

Last week I posted a creamy stove top macaroni and cheese recipe and talked about my search to find the ultimate one. I got a ton of responses of other recipes to check out. I couldn’t wait. Even though we had just finished a big pot, I set about trying a new recipe.

This time I tried out Alton Brown’s recipe. I’ve loved other recipes of his and this one got a lot of good reviews and several recommendations.