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North Shore Burgers Delivers the Yum Factor

Craving a Prime USDA burger? North Shore Burgers offers beef, turkey, chicken and a tasty veggie burger. Before or after seeing a movie at the UA Theatre, stroll into North Shore Burger for a sandwich, salad or scrumptious dessert.

Last year when the Rice Garden restaurant next to and the  closed its doors; the community was abuzz about what type of restaurant would fill the space.

La Canada native Craig Bittner and his business partner La Cañada City Council member Michael Davitt, saw the opportunity to open a Hawaiian themed burger restaurant with service. That's how  got its start and opened in November 2011.  

The interior is fun with a gaint surfboard dominating the center of the restaurant. Bamboo wall covering hype the tropical theme and bring the Hawaiian attitude. 

Bittner likes to work with purveyors in the community. The all-natural hot dogs come from in Sparr Heights. The Island Dawg is topped with mustard, sweet relish and golden, caramelized onions. Bittner gets his pork from in Montrose to make the Chun’s Reef sandwich with hardwood smoked Kalua pork and signature cole slaw.

Prime USDA meat is fresh, not frozen. The most popular burger is the Sunset Beach with housemade guacamole, lettuce and local bright-red tomatoes.

North Shore Burger also offers a plump chicken breast and turkey patty for those seeking a lower-fat alternative. There are more than 11 different burger options to satisfy everyone's belly. 

For vegetarians, the veggie burger is a tasty Morning Star patty. They also serve a vegetarian sandwich is filled with a Portobello mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, eggplant and topped with an herb Dijon sauce.

Kids adore the Off the Wall starter. It arrives with crispy French fries, enormous Island sweet onion rings and sweet potato fries. The Keiki (Kids) meal offers two mini hamburgers. It can be substituted with grilled cheese or chicken. Red grapes and a small fountain drink complete the meal.

Salad lovers will have a choice of five different healthy options. Sandy’s salad has mixed greens, tropical mango, candied nuts, goat cheese and dressed with a homemade passion fruit vinaigrette. They have a Caesar salad that you can add a charbroiled Ahi tuna steak or grilled chicken breast. The Queens Cobb salad is tossed with a chunky blue cheese dressing.

Teens enjoy the new summer Rings O’Fire. It’s a basket of their golden onion rings smothered with Longboard Island Lager chili and topped with shredded cheddar cheese for under $5.

For those with a sweet tooth, North Shore Burgers has recently introduced The Wipe Out. It’s a warm chocolate-chip cookie with Thrifty (now Rite-Aid) ice cream and chocolate sauce. They also serve an ice cream sandwich made with oatmeal cookies and dark chocolate or a super sundae ice cream bar.

On Sundays, families and friends have a special deal. Adults enjoy the 50-cent beer and wine with the purchase of a burger or fries after seeing a movie at the UA Theatre. Mondays attracts families with its two meals for $12 or four for $24. The special includes any sandwich, regular fries and a fountain drink.

Free offer for Patch Readers:

North Shore Burgers is offering Patch readers a free soda with the purchase of a meal. Just mention that you read this review on the Patch. 1929 Verdugo Blvd. #B, La Canada Flintridge (818)790-1672.

Nicole Charky (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 03:15 PM
What are you guys ordering at North Shore Burgers?
Kristen S July 19, 2012 at 05:24 PM
This seems odd, but I get the chili burger with a veggie patty. I like the combo!
Lisa July 19, 2012 at 06:03 PM
If the meat is truly USDA Prime then it sounds like and expensive burger. Only the finest restaurants serve USDA Prime beef. For instance, the Arroyo Chop House serves USDA Prime beef. Prime, Choice, Select are the three most important grades to know as a consumer. USDA Prime is the top grade of beef available on the market. USDA Choice beef is the second highest grade on the scale. USDA Select beef is the lowest grade of beef that you will find at a grocery store or restaurant.
Lisa July 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I'm looking at their online menu and it states"...fresh natural beef made from an exclusive blend of Prime cuts...” This does not mean it is USDA Prime beef. A prime cut of beef is different than USDA Prime beef. Just because the word prime is on the label does not mean it is the prime quality grade. The label must read “USDA Prime”. An example of this is when you see prime rib in the meat case. Prime rib is a cut of beef rather than the grade of beef.
Lisa July 19, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I wonder if they use meat glue for their exclusive blend of prime cuts.
Bev Van Citters July 20, 2012 at 03:53 AM
We went tonight--checked the LA County Health ratings--as we do for every restaurant--because HOW meals are prepared are just as important as WHAT is served. They received a 97 and upon further reading the error was minor. I have been to some restaurants where they still get an A at 90% but do not hold the hot temperature as LA County Department of Health requires. I found the food to be excellent ---nice to see that they also use the local pork [form Zeke's] and hot dogs [from Shreiners] . The Blue Hawaiian Hefeweisen was yummy. Service was slow but the restaurant was packed!

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