(LA Trend) — Those who live in or have visited Los Angeles know that the City of Angels has no shortage of amazing restaurants. And because it’s such a cosmopolitan area, there’s also a unique opportunity to experience a wealth of flavors from all around the world. L.A. certainly makes it easy for its residents and guests to enjoy a global smörgåsbord anytime they want.
However, one particular restaurant has made it their mission to provide food lovers with tastes from around the world quickly and at a great deal – in the universally-loved form of a burger.
It’s an unusual offering, but one that works surprisingly well.
Since opening its doors on April 20th, 2012, Highland Park’s Fusion Burgers has become a popular fixture in the Northeast Los Angeles area with its heaven-sent ‘burgs and friendly atmosphere courtesy of recent interior and exterior remodeling (the inside isn’t open for indoor eating at the moment, but the outdoor area is).
Fusion Burgers is that rare, perfect brainchild born out of different interests and strengths that come together to form something that’s as wonderful as it is singular. The restaurant was founded by two brothers – one with the savvy and skills to start a thriving business, one with the natural gift to concoct culinary masterpieces that gods and mortals alike can enjoy – along with the watchful, motivating eye of their father who’s surely proud of what his boys have created.
Right from its inception, Fusion Burgers has set out to provide locals with stellar food consistently and swiftly, and have been achieving this goal for more than eight years so far, with no signs of slowing down yet. If there’s one thing you can’t fault the family behind this hot little joint for, it’s reliability.
Oh, and let’s add “commitment to quality” to that list, as well. Delicious burgers can’t be made without choice ingredients and superb culinary craftsmanship. This father-and-sons trifecta has forged a robust menu of 18 outstanding burgers, each with its own personality and exclusive marriage of flavors that needs to be tasted to be believed.
Much has been made of Fusion Burgers’ internationally infused menu, but let’s take a closer look at some of its highlights:
There’s the Mexican Burger. While Los Angeles already has its share of mouthwatering cuisine from south of the border, Fusion Burgers’ take on Mexican food is a welcome addition. Featuring meat in the form of al pastor (spit-grilled pork), aioli, grilled pineapple, caramelized onions, and lettuce, the Mexican Burger is a great way to combine fiesta flavors with a classic American staple.
There’s the Japanese influenced Hanbaga Burger, which comes equipped with a beef patty, shiro shoyu aioli, lettuce, melted parmesan cheese, and wild mushrooms. Perfect for those looking to satisfy their umami cravings.
And then there’s my personal favorite, the Frenchman Burger. This striking little flavor-bomb consists of a beef patty, wine braised chuck rib, garlic aioli, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and truffle cheese. If you want to visit Paris but can’t, this burger is the next best thing to actually going to the City of Lights.
Don’t worry vegetarians – Fusion Burgers has plenty for you to enjoy, too. In addition to their Mother Nature Burger and Vegetarian Burger, you also have the option to replace the beef patty in any burger with portobello mushroom at no extra charge. Gluten-free buns are available, as well, for an extra $2 charge.
And let’s not forget the sides: natural cut fries, sweet potato fries, chili cheese fries, and their pickled plate – a mix of various homemade pickles ranging from cucumbers, asparagus, carrots, beets, and dill pickles. However, I was particularly thrilled by their beer battered onion rings and cheese tosos; the onion rings are surprisingly light and crispy, and the tosos are rich and decadent without being too heavy.
As you can see, Fusion Burger has something for everyone of every burger persuasion, and at a pretty killer value, too. But don’t take my word for it – check them out during their Happy Hour, Monday to Friday from 3pm-6pm, and try them out yourself.