Stout – 1544 N Cahuenga Blvd Hollywood, LA, USA

Posted: July 11, 2014 in Burger Hunt
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This is the kind of burger that makes me believe there must be some sort of higher power at play – how is it possible to create something so magical without divine intervention.
Ok, lets take a step back for a moment and consider the amazing luck that brought me here – (Incidentally I also got upgraded to Business Class for my trip home today so LUCKY all-round for me!!).
Wandering around LA on my final day in the States, I felt the need for a burger, OK I feel that every day as you probably know. After the obligatory walk along Hollywood’s walk of fame or whatever it’s called – honestly after trudging through the crowds on a hot sweaty day, only to walk over a bunch of “stars” I’ve never heard of, well let’s just say I was pretty much over Hollywood. Anyway, I had noticed that there were a number of options down Cahuenga Blvd (Actually it was the Umami burger sign that got me…) off I went in search of a burger. Thank my lucky stars I walked past Stout… It looked nice and there was a very interesting selection of craft beers on the menu as well – since it was stinking hot and I was starting to get burnt, I thought it only prudent to get out of the sun and protect myself from the elements… Yes, safety was my primary concern. Anyway, the friendly bloke behind the bar handed me the menu and recommended the Stout Burger and a Hearty IPA to go with it. I don’t argue with the experts so that’s exactly what I ordered. The Stout Burger is describe on their menu as “Blue Cheese, Emi Gruyere, Rosemary Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Horseradish Cream, Roasted Tomatoes. When I enquired about the meat the Barman explained that is hand ground each day from a selection of grass feed Angus beef, Brisket and Chuck cuts.
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I will say this – This burger was amazing. The bun was a lovely soft briochy sort of bun, that really soft, dark brown glazed crust, slightly sweet white bread, which compresses well to encase the burger. The first bite – gorgeous, you get the bite from the horseradish cream and the blue cheese, the richness from the Gruyere and the caramelized onion, sweetness from the tomato, and then the beef – a fairly loose grind, cooked medium, quite pink and juicy, delicious. Then you get a crispness and  a very slight rosemary and smokey/salty hit from the bacon… I just had a little Homer moment writing this – burger from stout, ahhhgh… I didn’t want this burger to end. They make a point here that you can’t change the burgers by adding anything, so very un-American of them – but I love the fact that they back the chef here. Clearly and expert in Burgerology – hats off to the man. I give this burger a 9.5. Yes a 9.5, it’s very very close to my favourite burger. I think the Rockpool has it beat on quality of meat – but I feel as though this one wins for overall flavour. If I had a choice between both, well… I’d probably go to the Rockpool burger just based on the meat. I’d love to see this burger with a more upmarket beef, say an aged Wagu… Oh wow.

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