The Dish
Rustic Burger House Impresses
December, 2019 - Issue #183

At a glance, Rustic Burger House looks a lot like the former Rustic Burger - and that's about right where the comparisons can stop.

The new restaurant has so dramatically raised the bar on the burger experience, the ambience, the menu and the service that the addition of the word "house" to the name seems extra fitting. RBH is home - hands down - to Santa Clarita's most exceptionally "rustic" elevated-gastropub menu.

The food is the star of the show (Fellow guests jealously ooh'd and ahh'd at the stunningly-varied spread on our table during the review.), but that doesn't underscore the eclectic, welcoming ambience of the tin-ceiling'ed interior or genuine joy the wait staff have when asked about their menu favorites.

What to Try Now
Italiano Burger
with sauteed cherry tomatoes, caramelized onions, bell peppers, mozzarella cheese, garlic aioli and a balsamic glaze.

Monte Cristo Burger
topped with a thick slice of Black Forest ham, muenster cheese, blackberry bacon jam and served on a deep-fried brioche bun topped with powdered sugar.

Philly Fries
topped with sauteed Angus beef, bell peppers, onions, jalapenos, mushrooms and mornay cheese sauce.

Betrayal of Caesar Salad
featuring grilled romaine hearts basted in caesar dressing and olive oil, topped with croutons, shredded parmesan and bacon.

Salted Caramel Milkshake
handcrafted with premium vanilla ice cream, salted-caramel drizzle, frozen-caramel confection and crisp pretzel bites.

There's a family vibe here, one that welcomes kids with games and giant eye-bulging milkshakes; dogs with pet-friendly patio space, dog beds and the Puppy Shake (Banana, peanut butter, non-dairy milk and biscuits.); and groups of friends with karaoke nights and service-professional after-hours specials. Yes, their massive eight-ounce, handcrafted all-angus burgers draw a crowd, but vegetarians clamor for meal-making starters like Rustic Mac & Cheese (My daughter's fave, rich and creamy with three cheeses and a toasted-bread-crumb top.), Buffalo Cauliflower (So spicy and crisp, I order an extra and take it home for next-day lunch.), Deviled Eggs (Don't skip this whipped, sriracha-spiked treat!) and salads galore.

It's clear that the Rustic Burger House philosophy is rooted in quality, but also distinctive details. Everything - from the ranch dipping sauce served alongside your fries to the pretzel bun that tops your burger - is made on site, in house, with pride.

Co-owners Derrick Malec and Linda Mendoza have made magic with Rustic Burger House - and they're ready to pull off the same trick again, this time with the Newhall location opening with a full bar in spring 2020.
Visit Rustic Burger House in the Bridgeport Marketplace in Valencia.
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