New Burger At Mick's Karma Bar: The El Gringo
Photo courtesy Mick's Karma Bar
Weeklings (and a few Forkers) will tell you that Mick's is one of the better burgers you're going to find in Orange County. And the "Mick" in Mick's is one of the more outspoken individuals you're ever going to meet. Always tinkering with new concepts, Michael Schepers will simultaneously take orders, greet regulars and show you what he's formulating on his laptop like it's no big deal.
His trademarked Karma Burger is mandatory for first-timers, but there's always room to experiment with one of his other options. I have a thing for the Swiss onion version. And their non-burger items are pretty good, too. But I'm here to discuss the newest member to his family-- El Gringo.
This seasonal, possibly permanent order starts off like many meat-and-bun creations-- red onion, lettuce, sturdy bun. Then comes a unique combination of tastes: garlic crema, pineapple pico de gallo and even chipotle sofritos (chipotle chiles, onions, celery and tomato). If you request it, Mick may even include rendered chorizo. If you don't, I'll take it.
Have you beaten me here to try El Gringo? Tell me what you think. Or at least get us a status update on Pie Dog.
Get the Food & Drink Newsletter
Our weekly guide to Orange County dining includes food news and reviews, as well as dining events and interviews with chefs and restaurant owners.