Barney’s Gourmet Burgers

Climb every mountain: The Alpine

Climb every mountain: The Alpine

A sprinkling of sprouts: Barney's salad

A sprinkling of sprouts: Barney’s salad

Fries with that? Yes, please.

Fries with that? Answer’s yes.

At Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers in Brentwood (11660 San Vicente, near Barrington), we had great veggie burgers and more. We started with the surprisingly delicious Barney’s salad, which combines mixed greens and romaine lettuce with chickpeas, black beans, kalamata olives, and marinated peppers; we topped ours with a light vinaigrette. As for the veggie burgers, we chose the Alpine and the North Beach (the 11 varieties on the menu largely track the options for regular beef hamburgers). The carrot- and corn-flecked patties, flame broiled and served on soft whole wheat buns with caramelized onions and juicy mushrooms, plus a light layer of Swiss cheese, were scrumptious, and a bit of ketchup only made them better (the North Beach included artichoke hearts too). To add to the healthy effect, the burgers were each plated with a slice of ripe, sweet cantaloupe. We also gobbled down the steak-cut fries, crisp and golden on the outside, tender on the inside, and not at all greasy. If “gourmet” denotes quality and care, this burger joint certainly earns its name.

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