Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint (Gaslamp – currently closed for renovations)

Nicky Rottens (2-12-2014)

San Diego Burger Club went to Nicky Rottens today.  We had planned to go to The Corner, but sadly The Corner was closed until 4pm and will be closing permanently in a month.  :(  Needless to say we will try to hit up The Corner one last time before they close.  We had been to Nicky Rottens before and it is a contender for best burger in San Diego.  The consensus today was A-/A.  The restaurant was more crowded than the last time we were there and as a result the service was a bit slow.  Also, their consistency seemed to be a bit off today.  The last time I was there I had the pastrami burger and it was one of the best burgers I had ever eaten.  This time I ordered the pastrami burger again and it was a tad saltier than I would have liked.  Also, while I have to give them props for offering tater tots and even more props for their tater tots being better than most, my particular batch of tater tots was not as hot as it should have been.  Liz got tater tots too though and hers were hotter and fresh out of the fryer.  Everyone really enjoyed their burgers, which seemed really big — so big, in fact, that there were plenty of fries and tots left over and Liz couldn’t even finish her burger (wimp!).  Nicky Rottens is not the cheapest burger in town — my pastrami burger, tater tots ($2 to substitute them for fries), and Coke Zero cost over $21 with tax and tip (if you stick with regular fries and water, you can escape for around $15).  Add in $2.45 for street parking and you are approaching $25.  Speaking of $25, if you are up to it they have “Da Ultimate Burga Challenge!” for $24.95 — finish a 2-1/2 pound burger and fries in an hour and you get your name on the wall and a free t-shirt (finish it in a half hour and it’s free).  One of these days … I might have to try it … .  Bottom line — Nicky Rottens makes a great tasting big burger and has a good selection of sides.  A contender for best burger in San Diego, I definitely recommend Nicky Rottens!

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