Two Palate Dining: Elevation Burger
This summer has been so crazy and so stressful. Between my health, moving and money being tight- things have not been very fun. Our diet hasn’t been as good as I hoped that it would be, because cheap stuff isn’t as good for you! When RJ told me that he heard about a burger chain that used organic and natural ingredients I was thrilled. We headed to a nearby mall to check them out and get what I hoped would be fast food that was healthier and tastier.
I was wrong. Very wrong.
Elevation Burger has built into its very branding the words “Ingredients Matter”, but I couldn’t see evidence of that. I was greeted with a loud, frequently smoke-filled, hurried fast food restaurant. As I stood around reading the signs about their superior quality meat, dairy and other items, I wondered why it smelled so bad. I’ve been to my fair share of McDonalds, Wendy’s and Burger King’s. But, I’ve never smelled so much grease in one place. I really wanted to leave. But, it was late and RJ was tired, and we were both hungry- so we made the poor decision to stay.
The food (as evidenced by this insanely greasy bag) was greasy, fatty and gross. It didn’t even look good or even have seasoned flavor! I ordered a grilled cheese because I had been craving one. It was smushed, had no flavor (despite touting their superior cheddar) and didn’t have much cheese. In fact the whole sandwich was tiny! I couldn’t believe how expensive it was for such a small grilled cheese! I ordered bacon (which cost too much and wasn’t good quality bacon being very stringy and bland) and tomato (fine, but not great). The French fries were the greasiest, oil-clogged fries you could imagine. They were completely limp and chewy with grease. I’ve never had such bad fries. They were so oily and I don’t care if they did use olive oil- there was too much oil in the fries! RJ and I also foolishly wasted money on a milkshake that was flavorless and didn’t taste like chocolate at all. The milkshake only succeeded as a milkshake because it was cold.
RJ ordered a hamburger that was very small, had a watery and bland sauce and didn’t have as much meat as I expected. There were two patties, but a flat, spongy bun, lettuce and the dreadful watery sauce overshadowed the sandwich.
Don’t waste your money here! Go to McDonald’s! I can’t believe I just said that, but it’s true. This place gives organic ingredients a bad name. If “ingredients matter” then you should treat them well and prepare good food. Also, if you charge very expensive prices and promise great food that is good for you- deliver on that promise! Don’t eat at Elevation Burger.
Grilled Cheese- 1
Overall Experience- 0
Organic doesn’t always mean good for you. A greasy burger can still upset your stomach whether its organic, or overly processed if it’s too greasy. A sauce bearing the name of the establishment your eating in doesn’t mean the sauce will have any decipherable flavor at all. These are the big lessons I learned from Elevation Burger in Fair Oaks Mall.
I got a burger with the original toppings, but no tomato. So that meant pickles, lettuce, and Elevation Sauce. I also added on cheese for an additional cost. It’s a good thing I paid extra for the cheese, as it was the most memorable part. The cheese was sharp cheddar, which was tasty. Everything else didn’t really have a definitive taste. It was a very blah burger, which I only kept eating because I was very hungry.
Kari ordered the grilled cheese to try something different, and paid extra for bacon on top of it. Again, the cheese worked well, but the bacon was stringy and hard to eat. The worst part was that it was very small. The burger felt small too, come to think of it. The patty was thick, but small in diameter.
We split a chocolate shake that was a sick joke, especially compared to recent ice cream experiences. When I think that for less than a dollar more I could have had a shake from Peterson’s Ice Cream Depot instead of this ice chunk laden disaster it makes me want to cry.
This meal also sat really badly on our stomachs. We would have done better at Five Guys, or better yet Freddy’s! We won’t be back
Overall Experience- 0