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Noodle to tickle the appetite

Ramen noodle burgers? It’s about time Orange County got a chance to try one of these Asian Fusion hamburger hybrids. El Toro Burger, opened in March in Santa Ana, sells the latest trend in burgers, including ramen noodles and waffle buns.

The front of El Toro Burger. Photo credit: Rosie Waddell

The highly-acclaimed Noodle Burger lives up to the hype, with Angus beef marinated with Korean barbeque, mixed greens, barbeque pork belly all held together between two gourmet ramen buns.

Not your average burger: Toro Burger's most popular menu item, the Noodle Burger, fuses Korean and American flavors. Photo credit: Rosie Waddell

Other Korean flavors on the menu include the Banh Mi Burger, Angus beef and a steamed pork roll marinated with Korean barbeque sauce, pickled carrots and daikon radish, fresh cilantro, jalapeño and topped with fish sauce.

The menu also included more simple, classic mashups like the Waffo burger with Angus beef, bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and gourmet Toro dressing between two crispy waffle buns.

Toro Burger also offers delicious sides from seasoned popcorn chicken to fried calamari. Their “Oh” Truffle Fries is thin-sliced shoestring fries prepared in truffle oil and topped with melted parmesan cheese and green onions, it stands out above all the others.

El Toro employee showing off the fresh pineapple that is in the spinach lemonade. Photo credit: Rosie Waddell

A great drink to pair with such a meal could only be the Spinach Lemonade, a refreshing blend of pineapple, spinach and fresh lemonade. It’s high in nutrients and low in sugar.

As far as price is concerned, the burgers are reasonable ranging from $8.50 to $9. The sides and drinks are expensive for a burger joint, the truffle fries were $4.95 for a small portion and the lemonades were $3.50. Be prepared to spend around $25 to $30 on a meal for two.

An extensive menu: Toro Burger plans to add new burgers and sides to their menu over the next few weeks Photo credit: Rosie Waddell

Needless to say, the service is excellent with a very friendly staff willing to go the extra mile to make sure each customer is satisfied. El Toro Burger’s fresh, original flavors are definitely worth a try.

Toro Burger is located at 2321 E. 4th St. in Santa Ana (directly off the 55 Freeway exit).

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