But I never made the trip out to Claremont. I've heard how crowded The Back Abbey can get, so I never felt the motivation to drive out on a weekend. And weekday lunches usually consist of places closer to home. But the other day I went out to San Dimas to see a project my brother is working on (it's about ninjas, so I couldn't pass it up) and he suggested we visit The Back Abbey for lunch. I said that sounded great. We got there on the early side, just before noon, and there were only a few other patrons. We sat ourselves on the patio.
I feel quite comfortable calling this one of the five best burgers I have ever had.
I had been a little surprised when I noticed the menu advertises a 6oz patty; that seemed a little small for the $13 price tag. But the ratio of meat to the buttery-soft bun - a bun that melted in my mouth like almost none I've ever eaten - was perfect. There was shaved Gouda, a mustard aioli, caramelized onion, bacon, micro greens; just enough of everything, not too much of anything.
It almost seems like an afterthought, but the salad was also one of the greatest side salads I have ever eaten. The dressing was creamy and tangy and the greens were quite fresh.
I told you why it took me so long to make it out to The Back Abbey. If I had known how truly delicious the burger is - despite several friends telling me - I probably would have gone sooner. I will be back.