Burgers at California Burger

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Mandan Lynn on February 11, 2013

We went here to watch the Super Bowl (there was not a big crowd, but that's beside the point). I'm usually not a huge fan of hamburgers, so I went along expecting to find something else on the menu -- but there really isn't. Sure, you can get some fried chicken, but that's not really on my list of favorites, either. The menu is hamburgers. But here's where it gets fun.

The waiter (or the owner, in our case), hands you a sheet of paper. You choose your burger "starter". I went with the veggie burger, because I realized I'd never actually even had one! I chose the 1/4 lb, but you could also chose 1/2 lb.

Other burger options included the Carribean burger and the California burger. If I remember right, the Carribean burger comes with pineapple -- which the owner told us is ground up to be more like a marmalade so it's easier to eat -- and it's best with jalapenos. My boyfriend ordered this and loved it.

After that, you circle which of the four ingredients you want that are included in the basic hamburger's price: raw onions, grilled onions, lettuce, and tomato. I circled all four.

Then you move on to options that cost a little extra -- cheese, guacamole, bacon, salami, jalapenos, and more. You can also order sides like French fries, fried yucca, or fried plantains. I went with pepper jack cheese and guac. I also requested no bun, and we got some yucca to share.

(If you've never had yucca -- it smells kind of sweet, but tastes more or less like a French fry. I dipped mine in ketchup.)

I loved this meal (my breadless burger came out on a lettuce leaf), and it was incredibly filling. My boyfriend's dad ordered the jalapeno poppers, as well, and I enjoyed a couple of those.

I also had a chocolate milkshake, the first I'd had in a very long time. It was really good. Other milkshake flavors included strawberry, vanilla, papaya, pineapple, and more. They also serve chocolate cake -- I'm told it's delicious, both from the man who made and delivered it while we were dining, and by my boyfriend's dad who has tried it once or twice.

It's a small little restaurant, and I find it charming. They keep it simple and they're doing a great job with it. If you want a burger, I'm told this is THE place in the area to get one.
California Burger
Panamerican hwy on the right side coming from the city, across from the Coronado mall
Coronado, Panama


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