I would like to consider myself a burger connoisseur of LA, yet have yet to try 8 oz Burger Bar on Melrose. I don't really have any knowledge of the place, except that it seems like a these burger/bar hybrids have been popping up everywhere.
We arrive and like always, there is never any parking on Melrose. So we park in a neighborhood and decide to trek it on foot.
We got there pretty early, so there was only a handful of people in there.
I decided on the Melrose Combo which comes with the Melrose Burger, side and a drink.
The burger itself comes with the house blend beef, baby arugala, garlic roasted tomatoes, and a red onion marmalade. The burger itself was juicy, yet lacked the flavor of a great burger. The menu says that the house blend consists of short ribs, sirloin, tri tip, and chuck, yet I found that the only flavor I really recognized was the sirloin. I did find the garlic roasted tomatoes to be very tasty, pairing well with the sweetness of the onion relish.
The Kennebec fries were good, not the best. I actually described them as crispier higher quality Islands fries. The taste is similar, yet a little less starchy and a bit more crunchy.
Another item that we tried was the 8 oz. Burger and Stout Battered Onion Rings.
This burger comes with iceberg lettuce, pickle, tomato, white onion, and 8 oz. special sauce. Another mediocre burger, since I was not very fond of the house blend beef. The bun was good, but I really cannot call the burgers here great, since the beef was not superb. Cooked to a perfect mid-rare, the burger was again juicy and not at all dry.
However, the onion rings were fuckin great. One of the best onion rings in LA. I was suprised how good these damn things are. Too bad they only give you like eight onion rings per order. I have recently tried the rings at Umami, and these completely smash the ones there. I would go here just for these puppies.
I might add, that the ice tea was also above average, had to take some to go for the road.