Eccolo~: 1820 Fourth Street in Berkeley
Cost: $13.00 (aged niman ranch bacon cheeseburger, tuscan fries extra)
~ Honorable Mention
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I've been waiting a pretty long time to survey the Eccolo burger. Eccolo, located in the 4th Street shopping district in Berkeley, fosters a great environment for socializing and people watching. It happened to be the first day of my jobless vacation, and I had great company to share the amazing afternoon sunshine with.
Eccolo is definitely not a burger joint with unlimited toppings and combinations. Rather, it offers "aged Niman Ranch...grilled over mesquite" beef with a limited selection of quality add-ons including caramelized onions, apple-smoked bacon, heirloom tomatoes, and cheddar or Pt. Reyes blue cheese. Today I opted for the burger with bacon and cheddar. Medium-rare, is the default grilling preference.
Verdict: Despite the charred markings on the bun, I felt the bread was a quality roll, but it wasn't nearly toasted enough. The rest of the burger, however was sensational. The hand shaped patty was quality and the bacon was bursting with newfound flavors. Also, the burger came with a handful of pickles to cover the patty area a couple of times-fold.
If it weren't for the untoasted bun, this could possibly be the best burger. However, still a very highly recommended experience.