Woody’s Burgers has taken over the old spot for Bangin’ Burgers which closed down last year. My co-workers and I visited recently for our weekly lunch outing since I wanted to see how this new place stacked up.
Woody’s Burgers is originally from Palm Springs – though their website doesn’t seem to make any mention of their new location here in San Diego. The logo is all the same, too – so either they don’t feel like updating their website or maybe they’re making a new site for their location? As a web-person, I think about these things. Also: I totally judge places by their website. Can’t be helped!
Walking into Woody’s Burgers for the first time, I felt like they didn’t really change much from the old location. A little bit paint, a new logo and the removal of the “salad/sides” bar is about all that really happened. The booths/tables are all the same, there’s still a bar/pool area and a very open “I used to be a warehouse!” feeling. There looked to be a little stage in-progress, possibly for some late night entertainment?
The menu here was pretty similar to Bangin’ Burgers – burgers are stand alone and do not come with sides. My cohorts and I wrangled up some burgers for ourselves and shared a couple of sides.
[woody's original cheeseburger with bacon - $6.45 + $.95 cents for bacon]
I got something fairly standard – a cheeseburger. With bacon. Cause I like bacon. A lot.
This came with an angus beef patty, butter leaf lettuce, slices of raw onion, tomato, melted cheddar cheese and “Woody’s sauce”. “Woody’s sauce” is code for Thousand Island Dressing, in case you were wondering.
The burger patty itself was good – the meat was very juicy and well seasoned and cooked just right. It was actually… almost a little *too* juicy as the burger started to run all over my hands. I felt like I had to use five napkins to sop up all of the juices and even then I still felt like it was still all over me…
The bun was a brioche bun which did not stand a chance against the juice-monster burger. My bottom bun quickly got soggy and gross and kind of disintegrated on me… a heftier bun is really in order here – something that can take the juiciness and combat it instead of it getting all over my hands.
[basket of french fries - $2]
I got a side of french fries for us to all share. Kind of on the small side for a basket, if you ask me. They weren’t really anything special – they kind of had that crispy outer coating on the fries like the ones at Burger King.
[basket of onion rings - $2.95]
Lauren got the basket of onion rings for us to share.
If you like eating buckets of grease, then you will love these.
Otherwise… yeah. No.
I took a bite and all I could taste was the oil. It was kind of like oil-flavored onion rings with a hint of onion in there somewhere. I suspect these were cooked at the wrong temperature to result in a flavor like this.
I ate a second one in the dim hope that maybe it was just that first one that was bad… but nope. No such luck.
Let’s see what my cohorts ate!
[western burger - $6.95]
Matt got the Western Burger which has an onion ring (oh noes), coleslaw, tomato and barbeque sauce.
[jalapeno burger - $6.95]
David got the appropriately named “Jalapeno Burger” which has pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato and a “spicy sauce”. He said this was definitely spicy. I would not touch this burger with any implement available to me.
[pretend there's a hamburger here]
Lauren got a hamburger which looked very, very close to mine – but you know, minus the cheese and bacon, so I have no photo of it. But I mention it anyway just because.
We paid for our food afterwards, which I found a little strange since we had to go up to the counter to order it. I didn’t understand why we didn’t just pay off the bat, but it is what it is.
I went to the bathroom to wash my hands properly with soap after our lunch and even when we got back to the office, I still felt like I had grease all over my hands.
Phantom greasiness is so weird.
7070 Miramar Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121
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