A Savory New Beginning
By Simon Weedn
“2nd on Second” may be no more but The Burger House has gotten a new look and an elaborate burger menu
In any town, it’s important to know a few things definitively: where the closest hospital is, the location of a good record store and, possibly most important, where to find a good hamburger. Luckily, in Pomona, the answer is as simple as the restaurant’s name, The Burger House. Located in the gorgeous Pomona Arts Colony area of downtown Pomona, and only a block away from the Fox Theater, The Burger House, formerly known as 2nd On Second Street American Bistro, has been proudly throwing down some tasty bits of savory goodness for the last six months. Deciding to concentrate more on the burgers and beer that he loves, owner Albert Pasillas felt a change in name was needed as the restaurant became re-focused. However, although there was a transition, the restaurant didn’t miss a step. Instead, The Burger House delivers a rounded, well thought out menu that covers an excellent array of the most American of cuisines.
For folks looking for a quick snack before hitting a show over at The Fox Theater or The Glass House, this restaurant offers treats like the TBH Tour, which are sliders that represent three of the most popular of the restaurant’s signature burgers, and a garlic fry basket which would put those found at Dodger Stadium to shame.
For the hamburger enthusiast, The Burger House offers a delicious selection of trademark creations. At the top of the menu resides their TBH Burger, with a patty comprised of finely chopped, not ground, Angus chuck and short rib steak. Another house favorite includes The Big Easy, a mountain of a burger topped with an over easy egg, bacon, cheese and French fries. For anyone looking for a bit of spice there is the Santa Fe Railroad Burger, which is seasoned and crusted with pepper corns as it’s grilled and is topped with fried jalapeños and onion straws giving it enough kick to make it incredibly robust, but not enough to light your face on fire.
For the non-meat eaters, The Burger House offers two delectable offerings in the forms of their Bella Burger, a marinated portabella mushroom cap topped with fresh mozzarella, and their scrumptious house veggie burger entitled The Veggie Patch. TBH even offers a Grilled Salmon Burger for those patrons whose diets fall somewhere between the red meat and veggies spectrum.
In addition to a feast of delicious appetizers, lunch and dinner crafts, The Burger House also offers an extensive milkshake menu to give you something sweet to wash everything down with. Some of their decedent blends include a Red Velvet Cake Shake and a Reese’s Chunk Shake, loaded with chocolate syrup and bits of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Lastly, for all of the beer connoisseurs out there, TBH is making great strides to become something of a haven for craft brew appreciators. The Burger House features an extensive list of bottled and canned craft brews from all over the country, as well as weekly/monthly beer events. In fact, in just this last month The Burger House hosted their first of hopefully many “Pint Nights,” which will feature local brewers bringing in fresh kegs and casks of their finest beers to be sampled. This last month featured Fullerton’s Bootlegger’s Brewery, showcasing their limited edition, Knuckle Sandwich Double IPA, for TBH customers.
Whether you’re on the go, looking for a quick snack, a hungry diner looking for a hearty full meal, a craft beer enthusiast trying to find awesome local craft beer events or a person in need of a late night sweet tooth fix, The Burger House will be able to set you up with whatever you’re searching for.
The Burger House, 171 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 623-7620; www.theburgerhouse.net. AE, D, MC, V.