What: The eponymously delicious Terrine Burger. The patty is stuffed with truffle butter and topped—well, bottomed too—with cured tomato, frisée, porcini mushrooms, sautéed onions, aioli, truffled cheese, and, if you’re willing to pony up the $9 supplement, a few generous slabs of foie gras terrine. We ponied up.
Where: Terrine, Kris Morningstar’s Beverly Boulevard Cali-Brasserie that came in at #5 on our 2015 Best New Restaurants list.
When: Thursday during one of those 11:30 a.m. treat-yo-self lunches that you totally deserved because you skipped breakfast because you put your bananas in the fridge and the skin got all gross and black and you didn’t feel like starting off your day with suspect fruit.
The Final Bite: You always see burgers based on classic food combos—bacon and egg burger, surf ‘n’ turf burger, banh mi burger, etc.—but leave it to Kris Morningstar to fashion a cheeseburger out of Tournedos Rossini, the aristocratic French steak dish spiked with foie gras and truffles. The first thing you taste in the Terrine Burger is the cool creaminess of the pate and in slow motion you think, “This is a familiar sensation; this is like eating an avocado burger,” and by the time you remember it’s actually a $50 per pound delicacy your mouth is already being flooded with truffle butter seeping out of the mid-rare patty. There’s a whole range of flavors, textures, and emotional experiences between that bun.