Does DG really mean "Damn Good"? – DG Burger, South Coast Plaza

I finally got over to the new DG (Damn Good) Burger at South Coast Plaza. DG Burger is the latest addition to the Charlie Palmer restaurant brand. There has been a lot of hype since they launched so I’ve really wanted to check it out.

Cool View into the Kitchen
Feels and Looks like a Temporary Setup

DG Burger is considered a high end burger joint so I was a little thrown off by its setup. They are a quick service establishment, you order and pay at the “counter,” get a number and your food is brought out to you. No issue but like I said it threw me off a bit. The restaurant is simple and clean. Paper napkins, brown paper on the tables along with plastic forks and knives and self- serve ice water. However, DG seemed like it was located in one of the Charlie Palmer restaurant dining rooms versus its own stand-alone place. My guess is this is on purpose but after you sit there a while you notice that the entire setup appears very temporary. The counters are on wheels and so are the refrigerator and TV.

DG Burger with Bacon and Cheese

But the food is a different story. They have a very small and simple menu, which works for them. The DG Burger really is a “Damn Good” Burger. I added aged cheddar cheese and bacon. The burger is a little pricey for what you get but it was very good. They automatically cook their burgers medium-well unless you instruct them otherwise. Mine was ordered medium-rare and it was cooked perfectly. The burger was juicy and full of flavor. The bun was also good and topped with good ingredients. Overall, I think it was a very good burger but not quite sure I would want to spend the money on it too often. My burger cost $13.95 because I added the bacon and cheese.

Fries with Curry Ketchup and Chipotle Aioli

I also tried the fries, chocolate malt shake, citrus glazed vegetable skewers, and one of their salads. The fries were good, crisp and the right amount of salt. I got the curry ketchup and chipotle aioli which I am told are their two most popular. The chipotle aioli was good but I would have liked a touch of heat. I could not taste any curry in the curry ketchup.

Citrus Glazed Vegetable Skewers

The chocolate malt shake was nice and thick, with a distinct malted flavor. It was not the best shake I’ve ever had but it was solid. I would probably get it again. One thing I did really like was the salad dressing. I failed to ask what it was but it was lite and the perfect complement to the salad.

In the end it was a positive experience. A little pricey for what you get but considering it is at South Coast Plaza that didn’t bother me much. I think it is worthwhile to check out, at least once.

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7 thoughts on “Does DG really mean "Damn Good"? – DG Burger, South Coast Plaza

    1. Not quite, they have a base burger with cabbage, tomato, onion, and sauce. You can add fried egg, bacon, aged cheddar and/or avocado for more money. I think the extras were $2 each.

    1. I need to try 50/50 still. I hear good and bad about them. Place looks like they have crazy burgers.

    1. Hey Dave – We were served by the gentleman that was at the front desk. We only really saw two people but it was not busy the day we went.

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