Save the barbeque grill for brisket and ribs and head over to Elevation for burgers this summer - besides the clean-up is a whole lot easier!
It’s been almost three years since Elevation Burger opened on the corner of Bloomfield Ave at North Fullerton and surprisingly locals can still be heard exclaiming “I wish I knew about this place earlier” even today. Several things set Elevation Burger apart from all of the other burger joints in the region, at least two of those reasons are going leave you wondering why you haven’t been visited in a while.
Ingredients matter or so the Elevation Burger slogan proclaims. The beef at EB is actually, well, beefy. Remember those old A1 adverts that claimed their sauce made hamburgers taste like steak burgers? Forget the sauce, what if the beef actually make the burger taste like a steak burger? The secret is the grass fed beef. Elevation Burger uses only free range organic grass fed beef which is ground on premises (those of you who have attended any of my classes know how grinding my own beef and not relying on pre-ground meat has become a new foodie obsession of mine. We’re all tired of pink slime and meat glue and since they’ve never been a part of the Elevation Burger story I’ll write about that some other time.
Here’s a nice surprise: Omega3 is naturally occurring in free range beef (stockyard cattle are fed mass quantities of corn, which not only changes the taste and texture, but increases fat and bad cholesterol.) The same is true for salmon, wild caught salmon is high in Omega3, farm raised has lower Omega3. The organic story is pretty cool too, who knows that all that mass introduction of hormones and antibiotics in cattle feed does to us. In addition we don’t know the full environmental impact of animal waste containing all those chemicals – what is running into groundwater and fisheries? By going with organic beef at Elevation Burger the only question about your burger is what toppings to include on your order.
Another bright spot on the menu is the fries. They are just potatoes, peeled and cut on site, and cooked in olive oil. It’s a totally different flavor spectrum than most burger joint fries which contain more than potatoes. It gets better, the used olive oil is picked up regularly by a recycler who makes biodiesel.
Going gluten free? Most fries at other places have a flour coating that makes them brown more quickly for a more photogenic appearance. No flour on the Elevation Burger fries - so they are gluten free! Plus, you can order your burger gluten free as well - instead of a bun you can order it wrapped in lettuce. (so its gluten free AND no carbs!) Ordering one "Protein Style" reminds me of home in California. Of course first time visitors should order with a bun on their first visit to get the original experience.
It gets better - the founders of Elevation Burger started the company because they couldn't find a good burger outside of California. (tell me about it!) But as a SoCal boy, I gotta admit, the folks at In-N-Out have something to worry about. (now if Elevation Burger could just do something about the weather in the Garden State I'd never want to go back home!)
In addition to the organic beef burgers, Elevation Burger also features Veggie Burgers - a Vegetarian Version as well as a Vegan variety. Both are pretty amazing. Don't get me started on the shakes - I could go on for paragraphs on them. (Perhaps this summer we’re do an Elevation Shake story).
And if that were not enough, the owners of Elevation Burger are dedicated to Montclair and the surrounding communities. They frequently have fundraiser nights at which a percentage of all sales for the evening go to a particular group or charity. In the past Elevation Burger Montclair has raised funds for the Montclair - Glen Ridge - Nutley chapter of the Red Cross, Friends of Anderson Park, YMCA Summer Camp Scholarships, and several athletic organizations.
Elevation Burger is located on Bloomfield Avenue Montclair at the corner of North Willow. Parking is in the rear. Click Here for the Flickr slideshow!