Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Discriminating Diner Visits Elevation Burger

Always on the search for new and innovated places to dine the Discriminating Diner recently visited a new concept restaurant for burgers. We found out about this place when 2 individuals who did not know each other told us where one could find the best burgers around. 

Elevation Burger recently opened in the Gulf Coast Town Center. It is located between Miller’s Ale house and Rita’s Italian Ice. At first it looks like an everyday small burger joint…until you walk in and learn about what makes Elevation Burger so different.  The restaurant itself is according to their website; environmentally sustainable, use high efficiency equipment, use renewable, non-polluting materials such as bamboo, sorghum, and recycled/recyclable materials and typically pursue “LEED” (environmentally friendly) certification for their restaurant build-outs.  That is the just the beginning of what makes Elevation Burger so different.

They offer a variety of burgers that are 100% USDA – Certified Organic 100% grass fed, 100% Free-Range beef for their burgers. They actually grind the beef in the restaurant every morning and the patties are hand pressed as well. They offer several burger options; The Elevation Burger ($5.99) which has 2 patties, The Kid’s Burger which has 1 patty ($3.99), The Vertigo Patty which is 3-10 patties and is priced accordingly.  In addition to all this they also offer 2 varieties of Veggie burgers ($4.49) and one burger they call Half The Guilt Burger ($6.19) which is 1 beef patty and 1 veggie patty. You then choose from a large listing of toppings; 12 at no extra charge and 4 where there is charge. If you do not want a bun you can have your burger wrapped in lettuce as well.  The burgers are also cooked to order, so when your meal is ready they bring to you at your table. 

They use fresh produce and vegetables, their fries ($2.79) are fried in Olive Oil. They offer shakes and malts ($4.29) made with fresh-scooped ice cream. Here too they offer additional flavors, at no extra charge, that can be added to the shake made with chocolate, vanilla or coffee ice cream.   They also have salads, cookies, organic milk, ice cream and mandarin oranges. Like many options for soda? Wait till you see their high tech soda fountain machine. You just have to see it!!! 

So what about the taste???  On our visit we had the elevation burger with a variety of toppings. My dining companion highly recommends using the hot pepper relish and jalapenos together to add even more flavor to these already tasty burgers.  There is no greasy taste and while they may appear small it is because they do not use buns that are larger than the burger patty is self. The fries are perhaps the best around and the portion is large enough for 2 to share. If you have a hearty appetite you will not go hungry here. 

The staff and management are professional and friendly and ask to see if you are enjoying you meal. The restaurant is very clean and orderly. When dining out, it is nice to have healthier options. Their menu includes the calorie count for all items. However, even if calories and healthier options are not a concern to you, Elevation Burger is a great choice.

So when at Gulf Coast Town Center or The Promenade at Naples Centre be sure to stop into Elevation Burger and treat yourself to a guilt free fast food meal. When they say Ingredients Matter, they really mean it! 

 Gulf Coast Town Center 
9902 Gulf Coast Main Street
Fort Myers Florida 33913
Mon-Sun 11 AM - 11 PM

Promenade at Naples Centre
6436 Naples Blvd. Unit 114
Naples Florida 34109
Mon-Sun 11AM- 11PM