When I lived in Salt Lake City I would regularly visit The Counter (or Counter Burger as everyone called it), as it was my favorite place to get veggie burgers. Unfortunately after about a year The Counter closed down. I was sad, but figured it was the only one so I made my peace with those delicious patties and could only dream about them now.
A little over a week ago I noticed on Facebook that my friend Carly, who lives in LA, did some design work for an upcoming opening for "The Counter". I mentioned to her about the restaurant in Salt Lake and she immediately sent me the link and come to find out, IT WAS THE SAME PLACE. Not only that, but they were building one just 16 miles from my house and it was dated to open on March 28th! Since Jon and I will be in Disney World, we decided that while visiting the Wild Animal Park in Escondido that we would just head over to the closest location in Carlsbad. I'm SO glad that we did!
Even if you eat meat, I strongly encourage to TRY the veggie burger! It's a rice based patty with over 15 ingredients! Including cranberries to make it a little sweet and bread crumbs to hold it all together. (note to vegans: the veggie patty IS safe to eat, but the buns are not, so order the burger in a bowl and the patty will come atop mixed greens)
my burger: veggie topped with carrot strings, sprouts, pickles,
tomatoes, smoked gouda and roasted garlic aioli on market select bun
Jon's burger: veggie topped with jalapenos, black olives, pickles,
sharp provolone and bbq sauce on multigrain bun
Locations: see full list here.