San Diego, CA
For my Dad's birthday my step mom and I planned a surprise dinner at The Pearl, a recently restored 1960's motel in Point Loma. The atmosphere is fantastic and we dined right by the pool while Goldfinger was projected on a large screen above the pool. We tried some lavender cocktails, which were a little sweet for my taste, then settled into some red wine. Most of us ordered the braised short ribs, but my brother was true to his upbringing and opted for the burger.
With Meyer Ranch Chuck, Smoked Gouda and carmelized onions, (which he picked off and I happily ate with my short ribs) the burger was solid. Classic with a few gourmet tweaks, the butter toasted bun brought it home. Not the best burger ever, but a safe choice. Fries were delicious!