What Is the Best Burger in San Clemente?

In recognition of the American classic, San Clemente Patch is going to award one local establishment the title of Best Burger.

Baseball and hot dogs may be pillars of America's national pastime, but everyone knows football and hamburgers rule the day. Want a burger or a dog?

It's a no brainer.

In fact, any restaurant in America that doesn't specialize in chicken or Asian food can likely whip up some sort of burger for you, even if you're ordering off the menu. 

Patch is banking that its readers have their favorite burgers, and we want to find them. Whether slathered in bleu cheese or special sauce, whether flanked by sesame seed buns or sourdough, whether the lettuce is leafy or chopped, whether shouldering bacon or mushrooms or both, there are a million combinations of burgers.

Patch will be designating a "Best Burger in Town" award to one establishment.

The winner might come from a burger chain, an indie burger joint or a hoity-toity restaurant. The champ could be all-beef, or an ahi tuna burger. Every place, and every burger, is unique.

Once we get nominations, we'll have a poll for readers to vote for the best burger and also a forum to debate the issue because, really, that's going to be just as fun.

Nominate your favorite burger in the comments, or email Adam.Townsend@Patch.com with "BEST BURGER" in the subject line.

The presidential candidates can talk about health care; we want to talk about how to clog our arteries. Or, if you're into low-fat, tell us about your favorite veggie burger.

The best burger. Bring it on.

And bring an order of fries with it.

Here are some possible choices:

Nominate your favorite before Friday at 9 a.m. We'll follow up with a poll next week to pick the winner.

BassMasta February 14, 2012 at 05:52 PM
The Riders Club Cafe. Best burger ever.
Lindsey Hanson February 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
If you like greasy over priced slop. Serious I do not get Rider's Club. I prefer Biggies.
Lindsey Hanson February 14, 2012 at 06:36 PM
PS LOVE BURGER doesn't exists anymore.
Laura Lee Bloor February 14, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I agree with BassMasta. Riders Club Cafe has the best burgers in town -- even better than Antoine's Cafe who used to have the best burger. I especially love their portobello burger.
Adam Townsend February 14, 2012 at 08:09 PM
You're right, Lindsey. Thanks for pointing that out. I was thrown off for a minute because I remember eating there a couple months ago, but I forgot it changed owners and is now called Surfer Rosa. The cook who answered the phone when I called to check assured me the menu had many of the same items that Love Burger offered. We're updating the listing.
Jason February 14, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Riders Club...now I'm hungry. But seriously....awesomtabulous.
Bill Koelzer February 16, 2012 at 11:24 AM
BEST BURGER? SURFEROSA!! The erstwhile Love Burger restaurant on South El Camino Real, across PCH from Tommy's, was completely revamped by new owner John Haghor about November. He redid everything and even trimmed trees in back so that now there’s an ocean view, Now, the place runs like a clock, swiftly filling your order. OH YES, BURGERS....Well, this is not your parents's burger. Surferosa Burgers are of top grade beef, thick, and piled high with FRESH lettuce, tomatoes and whatever you want. The buns are thick to survive the long time it takes you to finish one of these monsters....and I'm speaking here only about the single patty burgers...don't even get me started on the multi-patty burgers....as if YOU could finish one. Oh, and the club sandwiches? Get one (so big) after trying the burger. The menu is short but 90% of people want. Get yourself an eggs Benedict in the AM and rave when you see how the yolk is done EXACTLY right to gently spill over the ham and muffin so perfectly. In the evening, order the pot roast for about $10 or Chicken Marsala...sounds NOTHING like the old Love's Restaurant, does it, huh? Which got sort of mangy at the end? My wife, Realtor Debbie Ferrari, and I go there at least once a week--a great place, too, for a casual meal w/clients!
Bill Koelzer February 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Yes, Riders Club is overrated and I do not know why. Yes, it is a great burger, but at nearly $10 for a burger and CHIPS, it oughta be. But I love FRIES (well done) with my burger and for some reason, I guess Rider's Club just does not have a permit for a deep fryer...maybe it is a ventilation issue, but if they just had fries.....
Pipes February 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
RIDERS CLUB definately!
Debbie Ferrari, Realty Broker February 17, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Biggies is wonderful...and I love their fries...get them "well done." Richard's whole marketing premise is to serve a dynamite burger...and he DOES!
Lisa Dilbeck February 21, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Buds in knuckleheads has the best burger, sliders and hot dogs in town! Hands down!
Ronc4109 March 21, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Rider's Club, but the criticism of not having fries is right on....hope the owners are reading these comments and make that change, somehow! The homemade pickled beets are great as well.!
Janet Bruno April 15, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I'm a BIG TIME Rider's Club fan - they cook their buger perfectly and offer amazingly yummy choices to enhance to individual tastes. No Iceberg lettuce here - nice fresh spring greens. Yeah, sometimes its a mess to eat, but that's part of the enjoyment of a burger. I do sometimes wish there were fries, but in the meantime I think their beets are unique. Top honors also for their homemade chocolate pudding and delicious carnitas sandwich. And dare I forget their fine choices in beer. These owners know what they are doing.


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