There are elements of Trina’s Starlite Lounge that I enjoyed, too bad none of them were related to the food. I do have to admit that this place, which feels part diner, part pub, part dive bar, has a terrific ambience and is certainly a spot I’d love to come back to and drink sometime, I’ll just have to make sure I eat before I come. I’m sure I’ll here it from locals who frequent Trina’s, because it really is a local place, people come here regularly and might even know the owner, get tanked, have a few drinks and think the food is great. It is not. Yes, I am only concerned with burgers for the sake of this website, so who knows, maybe the chicken and waffles is a tasty dish, but on this night, the burgers just didn’t work for me and greasy beyond belief onion strings are not the way to my heart. (although reciting Saved by the Bell lines and signing Pet Shop Boys’ songs would be a good start).
I do appreciate the effort, on paper anyway, in being one of the few restaurants who have offered a riff on the burger and at least try to create something unique. The “Starlite” style burger is a double patty, topped with coleslaw, spicy “sauce,” and french fries. Unfortunately, the patties, as previously stated, are thin, which can be okay, but like any West-Coast patty, if over-cooked, the flavor just diminishes, and they can easily dry out. The coleslaw is bland, the secret sauce, while delivering a decent punch, is rather flat and is missing an acidic element. The fries sit at the bottom of the burger, and offer nothing of note. The bun, your average run-of-the-mill white bun, is sad, pathetic and has no place here. The onion strings are about as greasy as it gets, and that’s all I can taste, clearly not drained properly, the grease not only all over my fingers, it completely coats my mouth in a very unpleasant way. I wont rant again about my hatred of all things “strings,” if you read this blog you know I feel, next time I see it on the menu I’m going to run the other way. There’s just no element of the burger I enjoy, in fact it’s rather off-putting in flavor, not just under-seasoned, just unpleasant in a way I can’t fully describe. Maybe it’s an off-night, that’s the best I can say, I strongly wanted to love this place, Trina’s is a cool spot, don’t get me wrong, come for a drink or two, enjoy the environment, and plan your meal accordingly, but don’t expect anything more than that.