I had some errands to run during lunch at Fashion Valley a couple weeks back and had also randomly decided this was going to be the day I finally try the burger at Mr. Peabody's. At least as long as I lived in San Diego they've seemed to consistently be ranked up there in the top five or so, next to the Waterfront, Hodad's and of course Rocky's Crown Pub, all of which I've had numerous occasions.
Found a seat near a window and proceeded to order the menu's only listed 1/2 Pound Burger (aside from the Turkey Burger option) and was pleased to find that $6.99 at Mr. Peabody's lets you get your hands on this...
As the name obviously gives away, the core is a beautiful and hefty hand formed 1/2 lb of medium ground, pure beef goodness. Had a nice char on either side of the patty and despite being closer to well done, was pretty juicy. Something I always thought the roadside but similarly substantial Nessy tended to lack, but anyway it wasn't too greasy either (like Western Steakburger) where I always made the distinction between juicy and greasy.
A few more bites later and I'm really enjoying the ratio of meat-to-bread, something that seems simple enough but regularly overlooked. The wrong doers ironically often the ones who play up fancy buns. No brioche, challah, or pretzel bread here, the griddle toasted spongy buttermilk bun is a straight forward sesame seeded that did a great job of holding everything together nicely without becoming a distraction in enjoying the all important beef. Veggies were fresh, dill pickle sliced a classy lengthwise, and the cheese that nice bright orange American.
It was nice to see that even with all the recent booming burger trends, this old school SD pub burger easily stacks up to exploding chains and trendier bars claiming their stake. As for personal local ultimate, I'm still very partial to my Rocky's experience but what Mr. Peabody's offers I must say is mighty solid.
Mr. Peabody's Burgers & Ale, 6110 Friars Rd Ste 108, San Diego, CA 92108