Holiday Inn is making its mark again but this time with a new burger restaurant concept – gourmet burgers and local craft beer in a fun, family atmosphere. This Anaheim location opened on June 24, 2015 and is the 8th test location before launching nationwide. Since it is located in the Anaheim Resort Area, the restaurant is adorned with artwork and flat-screen TVs displaying live sports and the Disney Channel for the kids. It’s a great place to go after a day of fun or even to meet for an impromptu business meal.
Key Lime Key West Martini is the invention of one of the servers at Burger Theory. It tastes like a combination of key lime pie and piña colada. It also looks like a key lime pie in the glass as well. Rating: 5/5
Firecracker Shrimp ($9) is lightly fried jumbo shrimp with sweet red chili sauce. The coating is light and crispy. The shrimp is perfectly cooked with a great snap. The sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy and pairs nicely with the Key Lime Key West Martini. Rating: 4.8/5
Buttermilk Tenders ($8) are golden-brown marinated strips of chicken served with honey-mustard or barbecue sauce. The chicken tenders are tender and juicy after soaking in buttermilk overnight. The breading is light and crispy. Honey mustard is a great dipping sauce for this. Ranch would also be a great option to add as a dip choice. This dish pairs well with beer. Rating: 4.3/5
Tuscan Chicken Flatbread ($8) is topped with fresh pesto, caramelized onion, roasted red pepper, and mozzarella cheese. It has a great combination of flavors and a good amount of toppings. A thicker, sturdier crust might be better to hold all of the toppings on. Rating: 4/5
Lone Star ($10 single, $14 double) starts with a 1/3 lb. beef burger blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib and topped with cheddar cheese, thick-cut bacon, parmesan-panko onion ring, and BBQ sauce. The beef blend on the burger has a great flavor from the different cuts of beef and just the right amount of fat to keep the burger juicy. The fries have a fresh-cut flavor. Use the Heinz 57 as a dipping sauce for your fries. It’s better than ketchup! The burger could use a little more BBQ sauce and a battered onion ring would work better for a crispier texture. Rating: 4/5
The Boss Double ($14) starts with two 1/3 lb. beef burger blend of chuck, brisket, and short rib stuffed with bacon and topped with onion, sharp cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, lettuce, and KGB (Killer Good Burger) sauce. This is like a Juicy Lucy but stuffed with bacon instead of cheese. The burger is juicy and tender, but would be better if cooked to medium rare. The blend of the sharp cheddar and the nutty Swiss are remarkable. An addition of a small square of cheese in the middle with the bacon might help keep the bacon from falling out and stay inside the burger with each bite. Rating: 4.5/5
- Optional veggie patty is 100% meatless with mixed grains and vegetables, turkey, and chicken breast can be substituted for some of the house burger menu items or you can BYB (Build Your Burger).
S’mores has a layer of chocolate and graham cracker effect with fire-roasted marshmallows on top. The chocolate layer has a brownie like texture with decadent chocolate flavor. The graham crackers add a crisp grittiness just like a graham cracker should. It is served warm like a lava cake with a lovely Kerr jar presentation. Rating: 5/5
Brownie Sundae is simple but effective – chocolate, whipped cream, and caramel. It is not huge and just the right size after a huge burger. The flavor is decadent yet not heavy. Rating: 4.5/5
Check out Burger Theory the next time you are in the Anaheim Resort area for business or pleasure.
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
- Happy Hour every day from 5 pm to 7 pm featuring discounts on draft beer, house wines, and select appetizers.
For more information:
Burger Theory (inside Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort Area)
1915 S Manchester Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
Hours: Daily from 6 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 10 pm