Last year when the Rice Garden restaurant next to and the closed its doors; the community was abuzz about what type of restaurant would fill the space.
La Canada native Craig Bittner and his business partner La Cañada City Council member Michael Davitt, saw the opportunity to open a Hawaiian themed burger restaurant with service. That's how got its start and opened in November 2011.
The interior is fun with a gaint surfboard dominating the center of the restaurant. Bamboo wall covering hype the tropical theme and bring the Hawaiian attitude.
Bittner likes to work with purveyors in the community. The all-natural hot dogs come from in Sparr Heights. The Island Dawg is topped with mustard, sweet relish and golden, caramelized onions. Bittner gets his pork from in Montrose to make the Chun’s Reef sandwich with hardwood smoked Kalua pork and signature cole slaw.
Prime USDA meat is fresh, not frozen. The most popular burger is the Sunset Beach with housemade guacamole, lettuce and local bright-red tomatoes.
North Shore Burger also offers a plump chicken breast and turkey patty for those seeking a lower-fat alternative. There are more than 11 different burger options to satisfy everyone's belly.
For vegetarians, the veggie burger is a tasty Morning Star patty. They also serve a vegetarian sandwich is filled with a Portobello mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, eggplant and topped with an herb Dijon sauce.
Kids adore the Off the Wall starter. It arrives with crispy French fries, enormous Island sweet onion rings and sweet potato fries. The Keiki (Kids) meal offers two mini hamburgers. It can be substituted with grilled cheese or chicken. Red grapes and a small fountain drink complete the meal.
Salad lovers will have a choice of five different healthy options. Sandy’s salad has mixed greens, tropical mango, candied nuts, goat cheese and dressed with a homemade passion fruit vinaigrette. They have a Caesar salad that you can add a charbroiled Ahi tuna steak or grilled chicken breast. The Queens Cobb salad is tossed with a chunky blue cheese dressing.
Teens enjoy the new summer Rings O’Fire. It’s a basket of their golden onion rings smothered with Longboard Island Lager chili and topped with shredded cheddar cheese for under $5.
For those with a sweet tooth, North Shore Burgers has recently introduced The Wipe Out. It’s a warm chocolate-chip cookie with Thrifty (now Rite-Aid) ice cream and chocolate sauce. They also serve an ice cream sandwich made with oatmeal cookies and dark chocolate or a super sundae ice cream bar.
On Sundays, families and friends have a special deal. Adults enjoy the 50-cent beer and wine with the purchase of a burger or fries after seeing a movie at the UA Theatre. Mondays attracts families with its two meals for $12 or four for $24. The special includes any sandwich, regular fries and a fountain drink.
Free offer for Patch Readers:
North Shore Burgers is offering Patch readers a free soda with the purchase of a meal. Just mention that you read this review on the Patch. 1929 Verdugo Blvd. #B, La Canada Flintridge (818)790-1672.