Before & After: BLK Burgz, Ladera Ranch

This is an extraordinary burger. It is also HUGE. It’s hard to convincingly convey the size in this photo, but here we have a 3/4 pound patty of extraordinary Wagyu beef that arrives in a cast-iron skillet, still sizzling, ready for final assembly at the table. The buttered, toasted brioche bun is perfect. The cheddar is real cheddar, not one of those cheap “American cheese products” that so many chefs inexplicably serve on their burgers. The fries are the real deal: big, thick, hand-cut and twice-fried, just like the olds days before the horrific invention of frozen fries. This is what it all looked like before I ate it. Or attempted to eat it.

And here’s what it looked like when I did all the damage I could do. 

I tried. I really did.

In today’s OC Register, I wrote about 10 amazing burgers and fries combos across Orange County, including this one. To view more of my work for the Register, check out the archives. I also invite you to follow me and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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