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  • #16
    Olive oil itself actually has a decently high smoke point (plenty high enough for frying potatoes). EVOO has a lower smoke point, but that is because it is a first pressing, so a lot of the flavor compounds remain in it. Those flavor compounds are what burn/smoke at high heat. Plain olive oil on the other hand, doesn't have these flavor compounds because they have been filtered out so it has a much higher smoke point. You can watch them frying the fries in the restaurant and see the oil is not smoking. I also think the olive oil gives the fries a great flavor - to the point where I don't even really like the taste of other fries anymore.

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    • #17
      I agree with everyone above who mentioned the lettuce wrap option. The lettuce wrap burger (with 2 or 3 patties - I haven't yet tried more than that) holds up extremely well and I think the cool crispiness of the lettuce make a nice contract with the soft warm burger. I'd definitely take fries over the bun.

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      • #18
        If this is the same restaurant then yeah the fries are cooked in olive oil, but you could also get a side salad:

        Elevation Burger - Ingredients Matter

        It also specifically says, "Avoiding bread? Wrap your burger in lettuce."

        Sounds like a fekkin' awesome place. Bummer that all their New York locations are in New York City.
        carl's cave

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        • #19
          Eh, sometimes I'll have a hamburger with a bun and other times I won't. Depends on how I'm feeling. Roll with it... bun or sans bun. 1 hamburger bun, if you don't have digestive issues with it, isn't going to be problematic.

          If I was out with friends and family having a good time, I'd eat the whole meal. If I was eating lunch during the week, I probably just go meat and fries.
          "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Fernaldo View Post
            Eh, sometimes I'll have a hamburger with a bun and other times I won't. Depends on how I'm feeling. Roll with it... bun or sans bun. 1 hamburger bun, if you don't have digestive issues with it, isn't going to be problematic.

            If I was out with friends and family having a good time, I'd eat the whole meal. If I was eating lunch during the week, I probably just go meat and fries.
            This.

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            • #21
              I'm gunna hit this place up on Friday for lunch. Always in search of a good burger joint.

              "Mmmmmmmm, that IS a tasty burger"
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              • #22
                Originally posted by JeffC View Post
                Ditch the bun. I eat there quite a bit as their original location on Lee Highway in Falls Church is about 3 blocks from my house. They gladly wrap a double burger in a big iceburg lettuce leaf, tastes very good that way. I don't miss the bun at all. I'll usually share an order of fries or if I am feeling greedy a milk shake with my co diner. Make sure you get the frequent diner card, with 7 patties, you get a free patty.

                This place has expanded like crazy, from the original one about five years ago, I've seen quite a few more in the Washington DC area.
                I drive by it all the time. My friend, who has been a lot more than a friend, lives in the newer apartments right near Elevation Burger. I thought that was the original location. Good for them. They seem to be doing very well.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by morganpmiller View Post
                  I drive by it all the time. My friend, who has been a lot more than a friend, lives in the newer apartments right near Elevation Burger. I thought that was the original location. Good for them. They seem to be doing very well.
                  I'd definitely recommend just as much the Peruvian place Super Chicken a few doors farther east (on the same side of the road). There is not much space to eat there but since your friend lives in the apartments near by you can just walk back and eat there. A whole chicken (with two sides, fries, yucca or potato, and salad are best paleo sides) is only $17, it's an amazing price and amazing chicken. I'm sure the quality of the ingredients is not as good as Elevation Burger but the seasonings they use are just incredible. I know there are other Latin Chicken places in the area but this one is quite good.

                  I like Elevation Burger for what it does, not sure I prefer it over In n Out Burger which exists in many other places but not here. Elevation Burger's set up is not good for people with babies/toddlers in high chairs though. It's a royal pain if that is your case and the wait can be long, I try to get there at slightly off times and only with my older daughter who is 6.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Fernaldo View Post
                    "Mmmmmmmm, that IS a tasty burger"
                    Do they speak English in "What"?
                    http://stackingplates.com/

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by StackingPlates View Post
                      Do they speak English in "What"?
                      Say What again....
                      "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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                      • #26
                        The bun.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by carlh View Post
                          If this is the same restaurant then yeah the fries are cooked in olive oil, but you could also get a side salad:

                          Elevation Burger - Ingredients Matter

                          It also specifically says, "Avoiding bread? Wrap your burger in lettuce."

                          Sounds like a fekkin' awesome place. Bummer that all their New York locations are in New York City.
                          Interesting. Their website says all meat is ground on location. They grind it IN the place. That's pretty damn cool. I've lived a mile from an Elevation Burger for years but I've never gone. Maybe I should check it out?

                          https://plus.google.com/108505584414...ut?gl=us&hl=en

                          Reviews are pretty hit-or-miss. For the $$$, I'd still rather cook my own burgers and fries.
                          Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                          • #28
                            Too bad they don't just cook the fries in (grass-fed) beef tallow.
                            LastBottleWines

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                            • #29
                              We went to one in San Diego and liked it. Too far out of the way to justify regular visits, but if one opened near work I'd probably go once in a while.

                              When we were there, me and Mr. Onalark split the fries, and went sans bun. I don't remember much about either, honestly. So not mind-blowingly awesome, but not terrible either. Nice to see a business focusing on quality.
                              Steph
                              My Primal Meanderings

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                              • #30
                                There's one very close to where I live, flavor wise I'm honestly unimpressed, but when the pot-fueled munchies strike it's a pretty decent place to hit up.

                                Much rather make my own, easier, faster, tastier, etc.
                                I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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