If there’s one thing California does better than anywhere else, it’s burgers. A recent study by Consumer Report even said so. Lucky for you and for us, many of the best burger joints in America are conveniently located near many of our Ayres Hotel properties. Here are our personal recommendations for places to try while you’re in sunny SoCal. Sorry in advance for making your mouth water. EUREKA! BURGER Our recommendation: The Catalina Bison Burger - in-house bacon-infused jalapeño jam, charbroiled tri-color peppers, red onion, and smoked mozzarella. Have you ever had that moment where you thought “Aha, I have found the best burger on Earth!” That may happen when you try Eureka Burger’s delicious burgers made with 100% vegetarian fed, hormone & antibiotic free, all natural beef, which is charbroiled to perfection. Each appetizing entrée is named for the taste of California that inspired it. THE HABIT BURGER AND GRILL Our recommendation: The Santa Barbara Style Burger - double-charbroiled burger served with cheese and avocado on grilled sourdough bread. Voted #1 burger chain in America by Consumer Report, the Habit Burger and Grill originated in California and was chosen the best in a survey of over 50,000 respondents. Their biggest secret is keeping it simple. Just fresh ingredients prepared on delicious charbroiled beef. If you’re looking for a healthier burger alternative, you can always order the Habit’s signature Veggie Burger, made with crisp lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onions and sprouts, topped with honey Dijon and settled in a toasted wheat bun. Whether you choose the double charbroiled burger or the veggie burger, this restaurant is surely to become a “habit”. SLATER 50/50 Our recommendation: Beer Cheese Fries - IPA beer cheese, bacon turkey chili, pepper jack, and jalapeno. When is a burger that is half beef and half bacon a bad idea? The answer is never or never ever, depending on how strongly you feel. That’s why you should visit Slater 50/50 whenever you’re in the Inland Empire, Orange County, or San Diego because they have locations all over. And they have a wide variety of unique burgers and appetizers to slay your hunger like the “Slater’s Vampire Dip” which is a dip featuring a three cheese blend, roasted garlic, artichoke and fried pita in a sourdough bowl or the “Fried Bacon Mac n’ Cheese Ball” served with Tapatio ranch dressing. Enjoy all of these delectable dishes with while enjoying over 40 different craft beers on tap. I know it all sounds like only heart-stopping food but don’t worry, there are healthy options as well. BURGER LOUNGE Our recommendation: The Classic - 100% Fresh American single source grass-fed beef, organic American cheese, organic ketchup, mustard, pickles, chopped onion. Not everyone wants to fill their arteries with saturated fats and hard-to-digest gluten. That is why we’ve included an establishment that has all-healthy options. Burger Lounge is a small chain which offer some of the best, grass-fed, gluten-free beef options in SoCal. This wholesome establishment offers a variety of unique good-for-you choices with specialties such as their Crispy Chicken sandwich,- made with organic chicken breast, avocado vinaigrette, chayote-jicama slaw, cotija cheese, and roasted tomato. It sounds too good to be true but that’s only because you haven’t been there yet.