Crow Burger Kitchen – Newport Beach

So I thought I’d mix things up on the site with a restaurant review now and then. But only if they have craft beer on the menu!

The Crow Burger Kitchen is a hip burger joint in the Balboa Peninsula area of Newport Beach, California. This place definitely does not disappoint in terms of craft beer selection. Check their website before you go for the current beer offerings as they rotate their taps regularly and have a nice selection of bottled brews. It has a very cool atmosphere with both indoor and patio seating. It has TV’s throughout, (great for sports fans), I watched Sunday night football from the patio. And for kitch factor the waiters take your order with an iPad. Either that or they play Angry Birds while pretending to take your order.

The Venue

Crow Burger Kitchen
Location: The Landing (in the Pavilions shopping center)
3107 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663
Web: crowburgerkitchen.com
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily
Phone: 949-673-BRGR (2747)

The Food

For a starter I ordered the Icebox Salad. This salad is pretty huge for just one person so I’d recommend splitting it, or passing on the salad if you’re not very hungry. It has “just picked” seasonal veggies, iceberg and romaine lettuce, bacon lardons, ranch egg, and 1000 island dressing. A very tasty salad, and I’d order it again if I were sharing.

For my main course I had the Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger. (And I was thinking “No Coke, Pepsi” while I ordered, but I didn’t say it to the waiter.)

You only need to watch the first 30 seconds to get the reference.

So here’s the scoop on the Chee’buggah that I ordered: Black pepper cheese, cream cheese and goat cheese are whipped into a cream and that sits inside a huge onion ring at the top of the half-pound burger. It’s served in between a whole wheat English muffin coated with with garlic mayo. Simple and delicious!

I got a side of Duck Fat Fries which are one of my favorites over at their sister resturant The Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona Del Mar. The fries are just as tasty here; crisp, lightly salted, and herbed. They are served with house made ketchup and truffle aioli dipping sauces. Both are fantastic, but I prefer the aioli.

The Beer

I surveyed the beer menu and looked for a light starter beer that I hadn’t yet tried and a heavier beer for dinner. I decided to start with the house CBK hef, brewed for them by Firestone Walker, because I’d never had it. Unfortunately the keg was dry, so I went for something similar and more familiar.

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I ordered the Ommegang Witte as my starter, I knew I was getting a burger with some pretty strong cheeses and a Witbier would get overpowered by the burger, so I enjoyed it with my salad before the main showed up.

The Witte was a nice cloudy yellow in the glass, very little head by the time it made it to the table. I’ve had this one at home before and it was every bit as good on draft as I remembered from the bottle. Pronounced citrus flavors with a nice wheat backing. It went down pretty quick and was a good compliment to the fresh salad. After finishing the Witte, I ordered the beer for my main course.

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I have a good friend who went on a beercation this past summer and fell in love with the Great Divide Brewing Company. So when I saw the Yeti on the menu I had to give it a go. I thought an Imperial Stout would be up to the task of matching the Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger in intensity and I was right.

It showed up a deep rich black in the glass with almost no head. The description above describes it better than I can, but I will say that I could tell this was a 9.5% beer while drinking it. It has a rich roasted malt flavor which held it’s own along side the burger, (a very robust combo of meats and cheeses). I’d pair these two together again.

The Review

This restaurant gets 5 beer soaked caps from me. Highly recommended and will definitely become part of my regular rotation. I’m already planning to eat and drink my way through the entire menu. If you’re looking for great burgers in Orange County with an impressive craft beer selection this is the place.

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Cheers,

Beer Soaked Erik

 

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