Deemer’s American Grill – Dark Horse Contender for Best Burger in Orange County

31 Aug

Review of Deemer’s American Grill

Dark Horse Contender for Best Burger in Orange County

Deemer’s American Grill is probably one of the more under appreciated burger place you don’t know about. This burger place has slipped below the radar during the recent “Gourmet Burger Revival” in L.A. and Orange County. Although Deemer’s doesn’t have the glitz and glam of Umami or The Counter, Deemer’s burgers as exceptional and should be tried. . I have since referred my readers to this restaurant, everyone has had positive responses so far.

 

Deemer's American Grill Exterior

Deemer’s American Grill is located in Laguna Niguel and a great find for anyone looking for a good burger

So why is Tom recommending a gourmet burger restaurant, when gourmet burger joints are starting to become passé? I can answer this question pretty easily, it comes down to quality and freshness.  I liked Deemer’s American Grill because they put a high premium on freshness and hand-crafted food. First and foremost they actually grind their own meat from large carnal cuts, using a single cow. This  in-house butchering and grinding allows them to control flavor and fat content. In addition, their methodology ensures freshness and quality control by actively managing their meat source.

deemer's fresh ground meat is the secret to a delicious burger

Deemer’s American Grill uses fresh ground meat is the secret to a delicious burger

 

Deemer's partners with  Weiser family Farms for fresh produce

Deemer’s partners with Weiser family Farms for fresh produce

The second factor is the use of local family owned grown produce, sourced from just a couple local family farms. In additional,  the farms which he sources produce from farms that practice sustainable farming and many are event certified organic. For example, one of their partnering farms Garcia Organics in Fallbrook, California is certified Organic, Genetically Modified Free and only uses Organic fertilizers and pesticides.

Then there is Weiser Family Farms which specializes in Heirlooms vegetables and melons, using sustainable farming practices. Pretty impressive! In addition, their other ingredients are extremely fresh and hand crafted. For example,  their buns are baked fresh daily and delivered from a Kosher bakery in Los Angeles. Demmer’s also makes their  own sauces, spreads and marinades in house. For example the ranch is made from scratch using real buttermilk and his own blend of seasoning.

Deemer's American Grill has a throw back look but using sepia photographs. They had a very steady flow of traffic.

Deemer’s American Grill has a throw back look but using sepia photographs. They had a very steady flow of traffic.

The owner of Deemer's American Grill is Kevin Deemer

The owner of Deemer’s American Grill is Kevin Deemer

The restaurant is owned by Kevin Deemer, who wanted open a restaurant where everything is fresh, nutritious, hand-crafted and at a reasonable price. I was actually a little surprised that his burgers were all 8.95 or less, especially considering the amount of labor that goes into each burger. The décor of the restaurant is set to be a take on an old-time road-side American Grill with metal countertops and tables, and decorated with sepia grain pictures from the 30’s-50’s providing a wrap over the walls. Despite the décor’s nod to the past, the restaurant is very modern with a full patio, televisions.

Deemer's American Grill with Tom's Foodie Blog

I think that I ordered one of everything ( I shared). The Garlic Fries were pretty amazing!

The menu is split into specialty burgers, Chicken Burgers/Sandwiches, Salads, hot dogs, chili, Shakes and Beer. Below are the dishes I tried:

Napa Burger-  A very adult burger that you need to try. Although it is tempting to try a classic cheeseburger, I would encourage you to embrace your inner foodie and try this. It contains goat cheese, tomato, red onion, baby spinach, and a house made basil pesto Aioli. What I really liked about this burger is the freshness of ingredients and complex flavor layers. The beef patty was thick and juicy and paired well with the spinach and goat cheese. The freshness of the produce along with the pesto aioli kept a pleasant balance with the goat cheese. A wonderfully tasting burger with lots of twists and turns in flavor profiles.

Deemer's American Grill  - The Napa Burger

The Napa Burger Rocked it! Daniele liked it so much, I didn’t get much of it :/

Pulled Pork Sandwich– Their fresh buns are stuffed with in-house slow roasted pork but that has simmered for over 5 hours, making it perfectly tender. The pork was coated in a house made spicy cidar sauce that had  a pleasant balance of sweet, vinegar and spicy. Tangy with a slight kick that helped break though the meat’s richness. It was topped with crispy onion straws, pickles and topped with their house made cabbage slaw. The sauce was balanced such that the natural pork flavor still was center stage with this dish. If you are not careful, you will take center stage when the sauce drops on your shirt.

Deemer's American Grill's House Made Pulled Pork Burger

Deemer’s American Grill’s House Made Pulled Pork Burger. It is topped with their fried onion strings. Delicious. See the pictures below for a cross-section of this sandwich.

Buffalo Chicken Burger– Deemer’s take on the classic buffalo chicken sandwich. A thick cut portion of chicken was grilled and then coated with a slightly spicy and tangy buffalo sauce and topped with a rich blue cheese and peanut coleslaw. I liked the flavor play between the blue cheese and buffalo sauce, which created a flavor layering on the taste buds. This sandwich was easy to love, but expect to get a little burnt by her attitude.

Deemer's American Grill's Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Right blend of Spicy, Tangy and Chicken.

Mediterranean Salad  – A Mediterranean spin on a hearty farmer’s market salad. Baby spinach is tossed with feta cheese, cucumber olives, tomatoes, green beans, red onion, red potatoes and lightly coated with a herb balsamic vinaigrette.  I really liked how this salad was balanced with ingredients, as a result the texture and flavors all played well together. The ingredients were all extremely fresh and vibrant with flavor.  This salad can easily be a meal, even for the Hungry Men out there.

Deemer's American Grill 's  Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad – chocked full of farm fresh ingredients. Really enjoyed this.

Shakes - I was too full to try their shakes, but apparently they are really good based on the reviews of two of my readers. They are made from hand scooped ice cream and milk. You also have the option of making it a malt for 50 cents extra. Draft Beer- Deemer’s also had a pretty impressive draft beer selection, here are the beers on tap the day I visited. Notice that they are all micro brews with great reputations:  Racer 5 IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Smoked Porter , Hanger 24 Orange Wheat, Prankster, North Coast. I tried the Hanger 24 Orange Wheat and it was tasty.

Deemer's American Grill Beer Selection

Nice selection of micro-brews on draft at Deemer’s

What are other people saying about Deemer’s?

I am always afraid to give an awesome review of a restaurant, to have one of my readers disappointed. Based on my initial Facebook post about Deemer’s, three of my readers visited the restaurant and gave me these comments: “The burgers were really good and Juicy”, “The Pulled Pork Sandwich was really nice, although the sauce made my bun a little mushy”, “The Napa Burger was the best Burger I have had in a while”, “My burger was slightly overcooked, but still very flavorful and Juicy.” Reviews on Yelp are bi-polar on this restaurant, score of 5′s and 2′s…..very little in between. Take what you want from this info. 

Deemer's American Grill made Tom's Foodie Blog Swoon

Deemer’s American Grill made Tom’s Foodie Blog Swoon

If you visit this restaurant based on this recommendation please leave a comment, send me a message and let me know about your experience. 

Deemer’s American Grill

www.DeemersGrill.com

27221 La Paz Road  Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 425-8770

 

 

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Tom Holmberg

Food Blogger / Founder at Tom's Foodie Blog
Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

3 Responses to “Deemer’s American Grill – Dark Horse Contender for Best Burger in Orange County”

  1. Eric September 3, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    that’s a nice looking burger!

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