A few weeks ago (can you tell I’m playing catch up on this blog?), a new burger place in Harbor East opened up called Elevation Burger. This burger chain takes pride in using organic free range, grass-fed beef and fresh-cut fries cooked in olive oil. They really play up being an environmentally-friendly burger joint too. It’s posted all over the walls of the restaurant, and even on their soda cups.

There are both regular burgers and two varieties of veggie burgers to choose from. You can even get a “half the guilt” burger which comes with one veggie and one meat patty, as opposed to their “Elevation” burger which is two meat patties.

The inside is really brightly lit and inviting. The staff are all really friendly. (Although it could just be because they just opened–give it a few weeks/months). The general manager stopped by our table to make sure everything was alright, and was really open to our suggestions. I mentioned that the burger buns weren’t toasted and were even a little cold, and he was really apologetic about it.

I had the cheeseburger and fries. The patty itself was nothing to write home about. I didn’t think it tasted any better than a non free-range grass fed cow. They also only cook their patties well-done; I guess to eliminate any concern over serving undercooked meat. If I were to pit Elevation Burger head to head with Five Guys, I would say the burger at Five Guys wins, but Elevation Burger dominates in the fries category. And I can eat a burger and fries at Elevation without going into a food coma like at Five Guys.

Elevation does have shakes though. Choose between chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, and you can choose up to two things to mix in. I got vanilla with oreo cookies and strawberry. Super thick and super yummy.

If I was in Harbor East and craving a burger, I’d go back to Elevation, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go there. Although it’s nice that it’s another inexpensive food option in an area that is kind of overwhelmed with pricey restaurants.

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Dinner at Lebanese Taverna

January 13, 2009

Today was Ramzi’s birthday, so Ed took us to Lebanese Taverna in Harbor East to celebrate. We ordered a bunch of mezzas to share. Basically we just had Ramzi order everything because we figured he had some idea of what would be good…plus it was his birthday =P. Closewise from the top left: Maanek: spiced beef & lamb sausages, sauteed in lemon butter, Shankleesh: aged sheep feta blended with paprika rolled in zaatar (sesame, thyme and sumac), Hommos, Babba Ghannouge, and Sambousik: pastry shells stuffed with meat, almonds, pine nuts, deep fried. We also had grape leaves and Habra Nayeh: lebanese lamb tartare! diced fresh lamb, red onions, thyme mint leaves, spices and olive oil, which I neglected to take pictures of. We finished with some baklava in pomegranate sauce with honey ice cream. Delish! I was a little wary about having the raw lamb, but it was surprisingly tasty. It was my first time at Lebanese Taverna but I really like the tapas style of ordering and getting to try a bunch of different things. The restaurant itself is huge, and apparently never busy so you should try it if you’re ever in the area!

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