‘Upscale casual’ is the way they envisioned the first Hamburger Hamlet. The motto was from the 1950s when a Hollywoodconnected couple opened the first Hamlet on Sunset Blvd. The Hamburger Hamlet quickly became a star hangout and it remains so today. Elton John’s 62nd birthday party was at the Hamlet. Oprah met Roger Ebert at the Hamlet for a business meet… Other documented luminaries using the Hamlet for nutrition are Quentin Tarantino, Betty White, Timothy McGovern (who’s that? Just the Hamburger Examiner forBeverly Hills), Morey Amsterdam, but I’m interested in the newest Hamburger Hamlet to join the club.
Viejas Casino ( http://www.viejas.com/html/dining/hamburger-hamlet.html ) will host the Hamburger Hamlet with one inside the casino (18 years old to enter the casino now) and the other will be opening soon across the street at the Mall for the sub 18 year old folks. The Hamlet at the Mall is going to be an XP (Express) version, look out Fred’s Burgers in Alpine. This is a new concept still using fresh ingredients for still gourmet burgers, salads and shakes. For those who’ve been a regular at the Casino, Hamburger Hamlet is located where Daisy’s Diner was.
This store has a bit of the 1950s sheik look of that high end steak house which was true of their inaugural restaurant. The colors are bright but the layout conforms to Daisy’s with the exception of an indoor patio, dining extending into the Casino but still separated by a low wall for those who like to be close to the gaming action.
So how’s the food? I had the Caliente Burger which comes with pepper jack, tomato, grilled onion, iceberg, and Serrano chili pesto, and a side of fries. I took the garlic herb fries. My dining partner, Jackie had the Classic Cheeseburger with American cheese, tomato, onion, iceberg, pickle, and thousand island. She took theMesquitefries. I really enjoyed both fries. My burger was outstanding. The service was very good, and the time to receive the food from ordering was minimal.
Prices? A bit higher than most burger joints, but they say you get what you pay for, and it was my experience that this meal was twice or three times better than Fred’s Burgers. Plus I compared prices to the Gove Steakhouse next door and they were lower at the Hamlet (but fatten up your wallet anyway).