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The Counter | September 14, 2009

My first trip to the Reston Town Center landed me at The Counter for dinner. From the website it looks like they are a California chain expanding to other states. I’ve never heard of it, but was really excited to build a custom burger once I took a look at their menu. There are all kinds of toppings to choose from. Some are expected like lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, but there are some really interesting options like black bean and corn salsa, spicy sour cream, and fried eggs to name a few. The one I put together (pictured below) was a 1/3 lb beef burger on a honey wheat bun, with spicy sour cream, sauteed mushrooms, scallions, gruyere cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, and tomato. It was REALLY good. Cooked medium – pink with a warm red center.


The burger was juicy and the toppings were fresh. If I didn’t gobble a complementary slider while we were waiting on a table, I might have been able to eat more than half. I was probably also stuffed by all the sweet potato fries and onion strings we ordered. I’d definitely recommend either of those over regular fries. If it were at all possible, I would have tried a milkshake, but I definitely didn’t leave enough room. Maybe next time!


The Counter Reston
11922 Democracy Drive
Reston VA 20190



  1. This looks like my next burger place- why does it have to be so FAR AWAY however?

    Comment by Patrick — September 14, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  2. That looks reeeeally awesome. I really like the sound of the unorthodox toppings. And sweet potato fries omgdeliciousarethose. The presentation of that melty cheese with the mushrooms is actually a bit like a Tantalus torture. Thanks a lot Kriten :-/

    Comment by Eric E — September 14, 2009 @ 11:36 pm

  3. I went to the one in Chicago right after it opened. Navigating all the choices is a real PITA, but that was one fine burger!

    Comment by Len — September 15, 2009 @ 6:22 am

  4. I was wondering about this place– Mark and I went to Reston with friends a few weeks ago, walked around after dinner, and saw The Counter as we were walking around. I grabbed a menu and thought it was a place I’d definitely want to try out. Is it better than Ray’s Hell Burger??

    Comment by Krissy "Batch" Rigo — September 15, 2009 @ 9:41 pm

  5. P- Reston isn’t THAT far. I think you’re offending LB…
    Eric- This place is so you
    Len – I saw there was one on the North Side! Fine burger indeed 🙂
    Batch – Different from RHB. You must try

    Comment by goodiegoodiegumdrops — September 17, 2009 @ 5:46 am

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