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The Burger Lounge, which opened in 2006, now has 3 locations across San Diego offering organic and healthy burger alternatives for one of the healthiest, if not greenest, of cities. Created by Dean Loring and Mike Gilligan, the two see the Lounge as a "bridge between bloated corporate "fast food" culture and the "less is more, quality is everything" approach. Oh, and did we mention they make fresh cupcakes? Burgers come in organic, free-range, hormone and antibiotic-free, grass-fed Kansas beef - no grain or corn in these cows, just grass. You can also get a turkey or organic quinoa burger if you're not a fan of red meat, and all buns are organic. The menus also includes things like french fries, but of course, and onion rings, are of which are made fresh on-site. On the lighter side, they also offer a variety of salads and chicken tenders.
For those of you in the audience with a sweet-tooth, the real prize at the Burger Lounge may be their freshly made cupcakes and milkshakes. Typically, you don't think burgers and cupcakes at the same meal, but hey we're willing to give it a shot. Who doesn't enjoy a challenge?
But it takes more than just fresh, organic food to make a restaurant green, and the Burger Lounge hears this loud and clear. All take-out boxes are made from sugarcane and are both biodegradable and compostable. Inside each Burger Lounge, the furniture is all made from post-consumer materials. The site has a listing of what it means to be green, but doesn't explain what they have implemented at each store, so we have to assume (and hope) that their Green Restaurant Certification means that they are working to implement more green practices.
We haven't been to the Burger Lounge yet, but if you have, let us know what you think. All burgers run at $7.95 USD and sides are a few bucks more. You can find Burger Lounge in La Jolla, Coronado and Kensington. :Burger Lounge.