Things we like: The classic Cali burger
I'm a sucker for simplicity, which is probably why I've ordered this uncomplicated treat more often than any other menu item in town.
Behold the California burger at 7 West Taphouse, nothing but meat, American cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and mayo on a bun. While it would be easy to mess up the execution, these pros never have and, I expect, never will. Everything is in proportion, fresh and flavorful, and it's always served right off the griddle with a lightly toasted bun. At $5.29 without sides, you can see how easy it is to get hooked.
You can sub out the beef for a veggie burger or turkey burger or grilled chicken, but I usually stick with the classic. I'd recommend parmesan-dusted chips, beer-battered fries or beer-cheese wontons if you're looking to fill out your plate; I'd also recommend keeping the pickles on the side, as they're served.
It has become almost a nostalgic tradition, harkening back to that long-ago time of autumn 2016 when I first got to town. I came down to the Superior Street pub to watch a Vikings game and ordered the Cali with a stout (recommended over a palate-wrecking IPA to pair with this meal). It's still a lovely Sunday tradition, yelling at the TV with deliciousness hanging out of my mouth.
7 West Taphouse
7 W. Superior St., Duluth
2510 Maple Grove Road, Duluth
1319 Tower Ave., Superior (218) 727-2494