Don’t settle for McDonald’s

The fall semester has just begun, so school is going to feel like a second home again for me and I’m sure many of you. And if you’re like me, you don’t like eating super unhealthy very often, especially if you need a quick meal in between classes.

Burger Lounge is a healthy fast food joint that is convenient for students that refuse to eat at the McDonald’s across the street from campus. They offer plenty of options for everyone, including gluten-free and vegan choices.

Whenever I come here, I order crispy chicken tenders or a quinoa veggie burger. The chicken tenders are served “on a stick” and are very tasty with their housemade buttermilk ranch or barbecue sauce. I love having different dipping sauce options and Burger Lounge gives me that satisfaction.

What can I say about their veggie burger though? Priced at $7.95, it is one of the best I’ve ever had and I am really picky about my veggie burgers.

A lot of times at other restaurants, I find that the veggie patties are really greasy and bland, but here they are so delicious.

Like a lot of the ingredients they use, the patty is organic. (Their beef patties are grass fed). You can get your choice of burger served “Lounge Style,” which means you get your choice of an organic cheese, fresh or grilled onions, lettuce, tomato and housemade thousand island dressing. I am not a vegetarian but I order this burger more frequently than any other item off of the menu.

Sides must be ordered seperately but that’s not an issue for me. I always order the “½ and ½.” For $4.99, you get an order of half fries and half onion rings that serves enough for two. The onion rings are crispy and I just have to have fries with every burger —- burgers and fries are like best friends, you can’t separate them

Every Burger Lounge carries Maine Root sodas, which are all natural and organic. But, each location varies on which flavors they sell. The downtown location carries my favorite one of all: the ginger brew. It is not like your average ginger ale, it is very spicy and I am addicted to it. If you’re like me and love ginger then you are in for a treat.

One of the main reasons this particular location keeps me coming back is because of their service. I also admire the different options you have to modify your order to suit your liking. The staff here is always attentive and friendly, so I never have an issue when I dine in or order take-out.

The one problem I have with this location, and I’m sure a lot of people have this issue with downtown in general, is parking. Parking is a nightmare, so I suggest going on a nice stroll to get here. Luckily, it isn’t that far from City College.

This place isn’t just for weekdays either. The cool thing is if you happen to be out late on a Friday or Saturday, you can grab a bite to eat here up until they close at 3 a.m.

Burger Lounge is located on 528 Fifth Avenue (between Island and Market St.). They are opened from 10:30 to 11 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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Don’t settle for McDonald’s