Food that Makes the World Smile
Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
A Surfrider Sponsor Story
From its humble beginnings in Queens, New York, in 2008, Bareburger has grown into an international restaurant sensation known for its awesome hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and more – made with "organic, all-natural and sustainable ingredients."
SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel were eager to see for ourselves just how good the food is.
So, when our friend Kathleen Mulcahy suggested meeting for lunch at the Bareburger in Santa Monica, we were all in.
Just a short walk from the beach, Bareburger (2732 Main Street) is a place where locals drop in to grab a bite and meet friends or just to relax. The minute we walked in the door co-owner Chris Crouch came over to give Kathleen a hug and resume a conversation they had been having earlier.
With the natural wood and exposed brick walls, comfortable seating and artwork all around – much of it featuring bears – it didn't take long to get settled in and start looking at the menu.
As the name implies, there are lots of burgers (all cooked to order) to choose from – the El Matador Burger with guacamole, vegan Prairie Burger, bison Great Plains Burger, On The Lam Burger (made with lamb, of course) – sandwiches and salads like the Kail Caesar made with baby kale. Also, Bare Share sides of rings, fries and tenders for sharing. There are lots of brunch items, as well, with brunch plates, wiches and bowls featuring egg dishes, French toast, avocado toast, and more.
Drinks include an assortment of beer and wine, all-natural sodas, milk shakes, tea and coffee. If you're looking for a jolt to keep you going, try the cold-brewed iced coffee that's "less acidic with more caffeine."
Mark Turner, the restaurant's other owner, told SurfWriter Girls that Bareburger is about more than food – “It's about being part of the community." Throughout the week there are always things going on to create enriching experiences and let people express themselves and get involved and connected – “open mic and poetry readings, movie nights on the patio, and hosted charitable events."
During the month of January the restaurant is showcasing the non-profit Surfrider Foundation as its featured organization. It's a perfect partnership because Bareburger and Surfrider – which is dedicated to protecting the world's oceans, waves and beaches – are both strong supporters of the environment.
Bareburger is part of Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, which means it practices sustainable food sourcing and handling methods.
Kathleen, a business consultant and certified coach, says that Bareburger is one of her favorite spots. She calls it "the ultimate definition of 'social,'" bringing everyone together both personally and professionally.
With Bareburger franchises from Japan to Dubai now, founder Euripides Pelekanos has proven: "fresh, vibrant, clean food served in a fun place can make the world smile."
True to its mission, Bareburger is building communities – one burger at a time.
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