Monday, March 21, 2016

Going Berserk with The Rick Reuben Burger at Grill 'Em All

by guest blogger @iam_robot

By now I trust you all have heard of Grill 'Em All's extravagant burgers. Since its opening as a food truck 6 years ago, Grill 'Em All has been known to serve the masses with daily fix of beastly-looking burgers and loud heavy metal. A few years ago, I remember getting a Behemoth Burger (BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, pickles, bacon and beer soaked onions on grilled-cheese buns) during Venice art walk First Fridays could be a 2-hour ordeal and it almost seemed like a miracle when its impresarios, Chef Ryan Harkins and Matthew Chernus, opened up a brick-mortar shop in Alhambra (of all places) sometime in 2013. I knew when I saw them won $50,000 from the first season of The Great Food Truck Race, they’d do something extraordinary.

The colorful storefront – located strategically on the busy streets of Alhambra between Main St and Valley Blvd – tucked subtly between Menchie’s Yogurt and Applebees. Walking inside the shop, my first impressions were of the loud heavy metal blares and the gluttonous smell of sizzling meat and bacon. I couldn’t help but notice the long chalkboard menu showing their eclectic burger offerings: Chili-topped burger, peanut-butter-jelly & bacon burger, waffle buns & fried chicken sandwich, champagne hollandaise burger, etc. 

But today, I’m not eating any of those – I’m getting something BIGGER and BETTER. Finally, I had the chance to devour The Rick Reuben aka Hornswoggle, a St Patrick’s Day themed burger with Beer Braised Kraut, House Corned Beef, Thousand Island & Swiss on a Half Pound Burger with Caraway Topped Buns. This burger is available throughout the month of March.

The Rick Reuben is a sight to behold – the patty and corned beef look humongous among craters of Caraway Buns. You can tell from looking at the picture above, biting this burger could be quite the challenge – do I squeeze and widen my mouth to eat all of them? Or would it be quite okay to nibble parts of them? I decided on the latter. I really enjoyed my first bite, while the patty was plump and fairly seasoned, I much preferred the corned beef. It was fork tender, moist, and with just the right marbling of fat, it stole the show. I also appreciate how the burger was served medium rare, allowing maximum tenderness with intense beefy flavor.  At this point the bread gets damp from all the meat juice and thousand island spread, sure it gets messy but I didn’t come here to get a soggy burger.

All in all, I really enjoyed my experience here. I've been a fan for a long time and I’d be coming back for more. Not sure if my body could digest a Behemoth Burger once a month but Grill 'Em All is one of those places when you crave a real good burger after you’ve been eating clean this whole month. It’s definitely more of a novelty meal to save your sanity (once in a while) rather than your everyday burger joint. Can’t wait to hear burger of the month they’ll be drumming up next month. 

Grill 'Em All
19 East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 284-2874
Grill Em All Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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