I never got to try Chef Joseph Mahon's burger while he was at Bastide, but everyone raved about it.
Naturally when he opened Burger Parlor in Fullerton, I decided I had to try it, OC or not (being in Pasadena, OC seems extra far).
In this casual and intimate space, regular customers can chat unintimidated with Mahon, and occasionally his wife and adorable baby boy.
Mahon has the burger basics down: good meat patty, ground daily from Nebraska Angus beef, and good buttery buns. Of course, he doesn't just stop there - more after the jump.
I ordered the Chip Shot with Fontina cheese, Potato Chip, Tomato Confit, Mushrooms, Arugula, and Chipotle Aioli ($9)
I was joined by Rumdood, his girlfriend and their friend, although they had already eaten since she's vegetarian and they didn't realize they would have anything vegetarian-friendly. Well, despite having had dinner, Rumdood couldn't resist ordering the Sloppy Joe made with Ground Beef Chili, Cumin, and Fried Cheddar Cheese ($8). It's the fried cheese!
|melted, fried cheese. Oh yeah.|
Chef Joseph Mahon also brought out another burger for us to try. His namesake, Mahon Burger, made with hamburger patty, pastrami, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, grain mustard sauce ($10)
If you're thinking of ordering fries, note that the ketchup is housemade and is excellent. We asked how he made it and he listed a whole bunch of ingredients including sage.
Burger Parlor also has a small but nice list of bottled beers (at the moment mostly European, but sounds like he's researching local craft beers). I ordered the Brasserie de Rocs “Grand Cru” ($9, 330ml) since I've never tried it before.
While restaurants have gotten around charging $16 for their burgers, the burgers here are only $8-10 for the same quality of ingredients (if not better than many). Yes, I still hope that Mahon will again make duck confit, pork cheeks, and foie gras cemita, but in the meantime lucky Fullerton residents should rejoice that these are right in their backyard.
108 W Wilshire Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832