Los Angeles Burger Blog

“The Big Carl” from Carl’s Jr.

Posted in Carl's Jr., Reviews by justjoe78 on November 10, 2009

I discovered Carl’s Jr. a little more than a year ago when I moved to California.  Prior to moving I had only been in one Hardee’s restaurant about 90 minutes away from where I grew up.  This particular Carl’s Jr is within walking distance of my house.

I have been a huge proponent of the Big Carl since its debut.  I call it “elegance in simplicity”. It also happens to be the cheapest burger combo on the menu. ($1.99 for the burger, $4.39 for the combo.)

The Big Carl is pretty straightforward: two all-beef patties, lettuce, cheese, and special sauce on a sesame seed bun.  Personally, I substitute ketchup for the sauce but I do hear that the sauce is delicious.  The patties are the standard broiled patties we are used to seeing on the Famous Star and friends. A Six Dollar version would be nice, but at the same time excessive.

One minor issue with the burger.  In all of the print and TV advertising it is pictured with a leafier lettuce that holds together better.  I have only seen it served with iceberg lettuce.  Don’t get me wrong, I have no problems with iceberg but it does throw off the symmetry a little bit.

Served today with fries and a Diet Coke.  Carl’s Jr. makes some decent fries.  Natural cut and also criss-cut.  They suit my palate just fine, but I’m not here to critique the fries.

A few items for my Carl’s Jr. wishlist:

  • Offer a ketchup pump/bottles in the dining room.  I like ketchup on my fries but I don’t like opening packets.  There is a can of Heinz Ketchup with a pump attached sitting on my kitchen counter.
  • Faster dining room service.  Tonight I got my food in about three minutes but there have been days where I have had to wait close to ten.  This does vary between franchisees, though.

I’m not big into giving ratings, but if you want my opinion this is one burger worth stopping in for.

Carl’s Jr.
7649 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91405


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