This past Thursday, Dine 909 was part of a select group of people invited to preview the new Eureka!Burger in Redlands.
Eureka!Burger (their spelling) moved into the location last held by Charo Chicken, at the corner of Eureka Street and Pearl Avenue.
The sneak previews were held Wednesday and Thursday to show off the new gourmet burger restaurant, the brainchild of Executive Chef Ron Guidone and Managing Partner Nick Fontova.
Guidone is also chef and owner of Talia’s and Mangiamo in Manhattan Beach.
I sampled the Memphis Southern Fried Chicken Salad and the Caesar Salad Burger, along with orders of Panko Crusted Onion Rings and Sweet Honey Cinnamon Potato Fries.
For as packed as the restaurant was, the food arrived very quickly.
I was less enamored of the salad than the burger, which was very flavorful. The onion rings were cooked to perfection, but needed…something. Perhaps some bleu cheese dressing to dip them in. The sweet potato fries were good, but I think Mill Creek has them beat by a hair.
Portions were good…I was full the rest of the day from splitting the salad, burger, fries and rings.
Burger buns, ciabatta rolls and some of the desserts are being provided by the folks over at West Coast Whoopies in Calimesa.
The menu is pretty basic: appetizers (I heard the macaroni and cheese
is delicious), salads, burgers and sandwiches. Prices are about what
you’d pay at a casual restaurant, with burgers starting at $7.25 and
topping out just below $9. Salads range from $8.50 to $9.25. Nothing’s
more expensive than the Grilled Flat Iron Steak at $14.95.
The decor is very modern and trendy, but very comfortable. There’s a bar (they’ll be serving wine and beer, including a small selection from Hangar 24 Craft Brewery), and about a dozen tables. There’s also seating outside.
So, how soon will they be open?
They’re hoping for Monday or Tuesday. It all depends on when they get their liquor license.
We’ll try to keep you posted. Or vice versa.