A friend of mine works by the Blue Dog Beer Tavern and we decided to meet for dinner one night to try their much talked about burgers. There is a "self-serve" area outside and a full service dining room inside. We ended up outside to avoid the 30 minute wait, which turned out well because we were able to enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Chi Chi Burger
All the burgers are made with beef that's ground in the kitchen and cooked to a medium-rare served between potato buns. There are over ten burgers to choose from including the classic cheese burger. We were in the mood for a fried egg on our burger so we went with the chi chi. The maple syrup on the bun was a nice touch and went well with the saltiness of the bacon. It was a big portion and we were glad we shared the burger and giant mound of fries that came with it. Is it the best burger we've had? No, but it was a solid burger.
Big's Spicy Mac
The mac n cheese was creamy with a touch of spiciness from the chopped up jalapenos. The bacon was hard to find, but on my second visit, I tried the mac again and it was loaded with bacon and cheese. Definitely better than the first (pictured above).
The Blue Dog Beer Tavern is a fun neighborhood hang out with a good selection of beers on tap that changes daily. There is a good selection of burgers from beef to tuna and sides like fried jalapenos to go with beer. The place is also dog friendly, which is a plus in my book. The self-serve idea is great, just order inside and they bring the food to you and they will even clear the table. I look forward to trying other burgers on the menu.
Blue Dog Beer Tavern
4524 Saugus Ave
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403