Burger Kitchen has received plenty of praise from local critics, both of the pro and amateur varieties, but you're nobody in this town until Gordon Ramsay screams at you. The 3rd Street burger joint recently got the British chef's trademark revamp, complete with bleeped cuss words and video cameras for Ramsay's reality show, Kitchen Nightmares. Burger Kitchen officially reopens today, in its new Ramsay-ized persona.
Look for an "interactive blackboard wall" on which you can draw while waiting for "nibbles" like shrimp ceviche, fried dill pickles, Vodka-battered onion rings and Parmesan rosemary fries. Want to order from one of the new, Ramsay-designed burgers like the Divine Swine, the Asian Persuasion or the Juicy Lucy? (Maybe they sound better when you say them in Cockney rhyming slang.) You'll have to order off the new Zephyr iPod system. At least Burger Kitchen still has over 100 selections on its beer list.
We saw how well Sante La Brea's Kitchen Nightmares makeover worked out, which is to say not at all. Even with the Ramsay revamp, the healthy-ish restaurant shut down, and German restaurant Wirtshaus recently opened in the space. Let's hope Burger Kitchen has better luck.
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"If you want to experience New York-style hamburger-blend fetishism, you need to check out the Burger Kitchen -- the only place this side of Chicago where you can taste [Pat] La Frieda's Black Label blend."