Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The Counter in Santana Row in San Jose is the second location for the gourmet burger chain in the San Francisco Bay Area. Like its sister restaurant it has a menu where you build your burger from choices. The menu is the same. I am happy to report, so is the quality.
The restaurant itself is much bigger than the Palo Alto Counter. It has the same terra cotta counter, metal chairs and outdoor seating. I sat at the counter and had good service from a young man with extensive and impressive tattoos on his arms. I asked how long they took to do and he answered 16 hours per arm. I ordered my favorite 1/3 pound burger with gruyere cheese, bacon and horseradish mayo. I thought I ordered it on a white bun, but I got a whole wheat. Also a tomato slice, lettuce and some carrot shavings I didn't recall getting at the Counter in Palo Alto. It was still very good and kid of a nice twist.
The fries and onion strings were delectable as well. Prices seem to have gone up a little from my original review of the Palo Alto Counter. About $18.50 for burger, fries, o-rings and a coke. Up from $16 a few months ago in Palo Alto.
All in all I think it still deserves the same ratings for the items as in Palo Alto.
Burger 5 spatulas out of 5
Onion Rings 4.5
3055 Olin Avenue Suite 1035
San Jose CA 95128
408 423 9200
408 423 9299 FAX