The Built Burger
LA Times Festival of Books at USC last weekend and, instead of waiting in long lines for one of the food trucks, I headed across the street to Built Custom Burgers. It's an assembly-line setup, where you choose your protein, then bun, then toppings... You get the idea.
This is a beef burger on a regular bun. I got Swiss cheese, fresh onions, lettuce, and grilled red peppers. It was a very good burger. My only issue was that the grind of the meat was a bit too coarse, meaning there was the occasional chunk of cartilage one needed to deal with. That's not an uncommon problem with burgers, and doesn't ruin the meal, but it's not wonderful biting into one of those chunks. Also not wonderful were the (overpriced) sweet potato fries. The potatoes had good flavor, but were undercooked and flaccid. Plus a large part of the order were little 1 or 2 inch bits. So, a good meal but next time I'll go with a different side. Burger and sweet potato fries, about $12.