When somebody decides to drop some bacon caramel on top of a patty, you must investigate. Kind of immediately.
So put this place on your radar: Barlo, a rustic shack home to pork belly, vodka and one inventive burger, now quietly soft-open inside Hotel Erwin near Venice Beach.
You’ll find it just off the hotel’s small lobby—when you think you somehow took a wrong turn into some loft-dweller’s idea of an intimate little barn, you’re in the right place. Show up after dark, take an illicit date to a corner table under all that reclaimed wood, order a round of DisapPears (like a stiff martini in a tumbler, spiked with clear pear brandy) and relax. You’re off the grid. Nobody will find you.
In terms of food, you’ll probably want to start with the Bacon Caramel Corn, with bacon-infused caramel and curls of actual bacon mixed in. And that same bacon-infused caramel also shows up drizzled upon your entrée: the Barlo Burger. Full disclosure: there’s some arugula, tomato marmalade and herbed chèvre on there, too.
Once your burger research is complete, you’ll want to keep this spot in mind as an open-all-day hub for homey food like eggs Benedict, fried green tomatoes and pork belly with a chai barbecue sauce.
Though... rule #344: your burger research is never complete.