11.24.2008

25 Degrees - Hollywood

7000 Hollywood Blvd
323.785.7244

25 Degrees is located inside the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. It's open 24 hours and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The name of the restaurant refers to the temperature difference between a medium rare and well done burger.

The decor of the restaurant has walls that are adorned in black and chrome mirrored tile, surrounded by rich textured fuchsia wallpaper. Lush and comfy leather booths wrap around wooden tables and flat screen televisions line the wall behind the bar of this Moulin Rouge style diner.
The menu consists of customizable burgers, starting at $9 with each topping/option ranging from $1 to $1.50 or you can choose their already created burgers known as #1, #2, and #3 for $12 with sides. They also have a few salads, sandwiches, and soups. 25 Degrees also has a nice selection of drinks ranging from beers, wines, cocktails, and shakes.

We decided to try out all of their 3 creations. The sides come with your choice of french fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, half and half, or a half a salad. Each of these options are $12, which I feel is well priced considering you get a quality burger and some nice sides.

#1 - prelibato gorgonzola, crescenza, bacon, caramelized onions, arugula, thousand island

This was our favorite burger of the night. All the components of this burger melded together nicely to make this one tasty burger!! I especially enjoyed the arugula, the cheeses, and of course the BACON!

#2 - burrata cheese, crispy proscuitto, roasted tomatoes, pesto
This was our second favorite. When I saw the crispy prosciutto on the menu, I was immediately intrigued by this burger. Unfortunately, the crispy prosciutto isn't even close to the flavor level of bacon. It was a still a solid and good burger, but not as good as the #1.

#3 - mezzo secco jack, green chili, avocado, chipotle
Our least favorite burger of the night. The flavor of the mezzo secco jack, green chili and chipotle added a spiciness to the burger, and the avocado added a bit of richness but not much flavor overall. If you enjoy green chili, chipotle, and jack cheese, then I suppose you might enjoy this burger. But it wasn't for us.
heirloom tomato salad - fromage blanc, watermelon, tomato vinaigrette
We decided to go with a half order of the heirloom tomato salad and we were glad that we did. This salad was excellent. The heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, and formage blanc tasted excellent together. The sweetness of the watermelon and the saltiness of the cheese really elevated the flavor of this dish. It was also very refreshing!
sweet potato fries, onion rings, and french fries
The accompaniments to the burger were all good and fairly standard. None were out-of-this-world good, but all good nonetheless. Plus, you can't order a burger without fries..
Overall, we enjoyed ourselves at 25 degrees. Very laid back and casual restaurant with some gourmet style burgers. If we are in the area and craving a burger, this is going to be our place!

2 comments:

Kathy said...

heirloom tomatoes!!!

you make me so happy!

TNT said...

Heirloom tomatoes make us happy too!! So do your comments!!