Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler, Mountain View

I’ve decided that there’s something about self-serve burger places that I don’t like. I don’t like having to rummage for my lettuce, pickles, ketchup, what have you, at a counter with ten other people, when the burger creator could very well have just added lettuce for me. Take Clarke’s for instance. They’ll ask you if you want tomato, and they will put that in your burger for you. But lettuce? Pickles? You’re on your own there.

The small local burger/ribs/breakfast joint is in a good location on El Camino in Mountain View near downtown Castro. When I think of ‘burgers’ in Mountain View, I usually think of Clarke’s. Convenient, not crowded, and large selection of burger types.

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The main eating part is split into three parts – the center where there are high bar stools and tables, and the condiment bar. Then there are two wings to the side with booths. You can also sit outside.

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I had the lizzie burger, which is a cheeseburger with grilled onions. My burger was decent, but didn’t have wow factor. Maybe I wasn’t hungry enough. Honestly though, after having the santa fe burger at Barney’s which had amazing grilled onions, it was no competition. The cheese in my burger was melted just right, but the onions weren’t as grilled as I would have liked – bordered on just cooked, but no caramelized flavor. And of course, I had to go to the condiment bar to get my lettuce. The meat was decent, but the bun was too thick and I never end up eating both halves.

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Apologies for the terrible pictures in this post, had to use the Droid since my actual camera was sitting at home being a bum.

Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler
615 W El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040

The lowdown so far:

Barney’s
Tommy’s
Bullshead
Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler
Bob’s Big Boy

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  1. Stephen

    I sort of agree with you on the condiment bar, but I get around it by ordering one of the specialty burgers. Avocado + bacon + swiss really requires no additions.

    Also, I like to load up a big container of pickles on the side.

    January 18, 2010 11:09 am | #1
  2. kdhuang

    That’s a fancy burger! I have seen people go to town with the pickles too, hahaha – now if only they were deep fried pickles!

    January 18, 2010 10:59 pm | #2

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