Where to Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day

Today is a great day, and not just because Fall is just around the corner… It’s National Cheeseburger Day! If you don’t think there is an art form to crafting the perfect cheeseburger, stop reading and leave my blog. You are not welcome here. There are endless meat and cheese combinations to choose from, not to mention toppings! While so many places, don’t hit the mark, the below 3 absolutely nail it! Keep scrolling for my favorite cheeseburgers in no particular order.

 

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

This place is one of my go-to burger spots. They kill it with their salads, queso and fries, but their burgers are the true stars of the menu. You have a variety of choices including, classic beef burgers, veggie options, an ahi burger and more! If you haven’t had one of their seasonal specials, you are missing out on a huge part of life. One of my recent favorites was their Juicy Lucy, a fresh ground Angus beef patty stuffed with melted Tillamook Cheddar and topped with another layer of cheddar along with black pepper aioli and caramelized onions. I mean, just look at it. It’s beautiful – in all of its cheesy glory.

 

Bunz

This place is truly a hidden gem. It’s basically a food stand next to a skate park in Huntington Beach, but they are putting out some killer burgers. Their menu keeps things classic, and with combos starting at $5.49, it’s hard to find a better deal. Pro Tip: They open at 9 a.m. every day with a whole section of their menu dedicated to breakfast sandwiches.

ARC

If you are in the mood for a one-of-a-kind burger and need a new photo for the ‘gram, you need to go to ARC. You know food that looks good, but has just too much going on, yeah that’s not this burger. This burger looks insane and tastes even better! The patty is made up of short rib, ribeye strap, bacon lardons and duck fat. It is then topped with aged white Cheddar, red onion, lettuce, heirloom tomatoes and pickled Red Fresno Chiles. Pro Tip: Have the kitchen cut the burger for you, so you can easily share with your dining companion instead of attempting it yourself…you will end up with a mess on your hands.

Bacon and Brews at the Big Bite Bacon Fest

I was invited to the First Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest at the Queen Mary this past Saturday. The event, hosted by Big Bite Events, was a festival of sweet and savory bacon bites, local craft breweries, beautiful views of the Queen Mary, and tons of bacon loving patrons.

I attended the dinner session where a lot of vendors had already run of out food and the lines were consistently a 20-30 minute wait. Even though the lines were longer than any bacon strip I consumed at the event, many of the creative samples were well worth the wait! Some of my favorites included:

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Bacon Burger from Slaters 50/50

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Dia de los Puercos‘ Hog Pocket

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The Queen Mary’s Bacon Coconut Macaroon

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Chicharones from Big Bubba’s Bad BBQ

In addition to the food, I loved the beer selection at the event. This selection included the likes of Stone Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Company, and Golden Road Brewing.

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All in all, it was definitely a fun event with a bunch of different elements including music, a pig mascot, and cool swag to take home! I look forward to seeing what they have in store for next year’s event!
For more information, visit http://bigbiteevents.com/