Burger Lounge Opens in Carlsbad

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Visualize a burger you can "feel good about eating" served along side truly healthy salads, hot steamy fresh-cut French fries and crispy onion rings. San Diego's own Burger Lounge opens its 12th restaurant in the Carlsbad Costco center on Palomar Airport Road in early January. "Our philosophy is simple," explains co-founder J. Dean Loring, "we believe in doing a common thing, uncommonly well. It all begins with California grown grass-fed beef. It's a burger you can feel good about eating."

Burger Lounge was founded in La Jolla, CA in 2007. Founders J. Dean Loring and Michael Gilligan are both passionate about food. "This is not a fussy burger," says Mr. Loring. "It's quite simple really. For us it's about healthier ingredients that taste great, it's about a small menu executed at a high level while offering mindful alternatives to a burger, like healthy salads and vegetarian options."

Burger Lounge sources its grass-fed beef from two family ranchers. "We know many of our suppliers, including our grass-fed cattle ranchers," explains Mr. Gilligan. "Their best practices and authenticity result in a truly fabulous beef flavor. We know where and how they are raised, what they eat and how they are treated. It is a humane process and we think that matters."

Burgers: The signature Lounge Burger highlights authentic grass-fed beef taste through juxtaposition of flavor, texture and temperature. The beef is seared on a flat grill creating a caramelized crust and warm pink center. Topped with creamy, organic cheese, the beef sits on a bed of cool lettuce, tomato, onion and house-made Thousand Island.

"The Classic" is homage to the American favorite "Quarter Pounder," served with grass-fed beef, organic American cheese, organic ketchup, mustard, pickles and chopped onion. The Free-Range Turkey Burger, made with Shelton's Farm Turkey and fresh Basil, Organic Quinoa Veggie Burger and Seared Albacore Sandwich offer non-beef eaters thoughtful options.

The Carlsbad location will open with a Smoky Wild Boar Burger; a limited time offering with organic smoked cheddar, house-made onion rings and BBQ.

Simple Choices: Opt for burgers on the House Lounge Bun made with a proprietary blend of organic whole wheat and unbleached white flour with a hint of Blackstrap molasses or choose a hot gluten-free bun. Paleo-inclined? Then wrap it in crisp lettuce leaf. Burgers are also offered in a quarter pound version for a lighter appetite.

Guests can enjoy their burgers with fresh cut French Fries and house-made Onion Rings or go lighter with a "Nice Little Side Salad" featuring Romaine, Spinach, Arugula, Grilled Corn, Red Onion and Carrot lightly tossed with house-made lemon Basil dressing.

Burger Lounge's commitment to 'doing a common thing, uncommonly well' extends to their Organic Quinoa Salad and Fresh Vegetable Salad in full or half portions lightly tossed with house-made dressings.

The beverage selection follows suit with Fair Trade, Cane Sweetened natural sodas by Maine Root™ Handcrafted Beverages, a selection of Brewed Organic Teas, premium bottled sodas, beer and wine.

Finally, shake things up with a hand dipped Lounge Shake or an over-the-top Brownie Shake featuring the house-recipe Chocolate Carmel Sea Salted Brownie.  The Lounge Float rounds out a dessert menu sure to please any sweet tooth.

The new Burger Lounge is located at 961 Palomar Airport Rd., Carlsbad CA 92011 and will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. They offer walk-in, take-out and online ordering. For more information, please visit www.burgerlounge.com or call 760.603.8975. Follow them on Twitter at @Burger_Lounge, like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/burgerlounge and on Instagram at Burger_Lounge.

About Burger Lounge:
Burger Lounge is an eco-conscious burger concept dedicated to using healthful ingredients sourced from sustainable environments. Founded in 2007 by J. Dean Loring and Michael Gilligan in La Jolla, California.  Burger Lounge currently has eight locations in San Diego and four in Los Angeles.  From the personalized service that puts every guest first, to the high design build-outs Burger Lounge is redefining the way diners experience fast-casual.

Contact: Rachel Krupa, Krupa Consulting
Email/(323) 656-6995

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