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By The Numbers: The Counter & Short Order

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Have you ever wondered how much work goes into having a successful burger joint? Here are two places: The Counter is one very busy burger chain with locations across the city, and Short Order is a specialty burger restaurant at the corner of Fairfax and West Third Street at the Farmer's Market.

[Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

Here's a look at the amount of product that two well-known burger establishments go through in a single week. The Counter has twelve locations in the L.A. area and uses an immense amount of beef, cheese, and potatoes. Short Order is a single-location specialist helmed by chef Christian Page, and goes through ample house-made product like mayonnaise and pickles.

The Counter:

·Most popular burger: 1/3 lb. Build-Your-Own Beef Burger
·Burgers sold per week: 50,000
·Pounds of meat per week: 20,000
·Most popular sauce: Chipotle Aioli
·Lettuce per week: 4,000 lbs
·Tomatoes per week: 5,000 lbs
·Onions per week: 4,800 lbs
·Pickles per week: 2,500 pickles
·Most popular shake: Birthday shake
·Potatoes per week: 12,800 lbs
·Cheese per week: 29,000 slices
·Most popular cheese: Cheddar

Short Order:

·Pounds of beef per week: 650 lbs of Claifornia's Phinest Grassfed
·Buns per week: nearby Short Cake bakes 1,400 buns a week
·Cheese per week: 120 lbs, from ten varieties
·Lettuce per week: 25 cases a week
·Tomatoes per week: Depends on the season
·Ketchup per week: 245 lbs of Heinz organic ketchup
·Mayonnaise per week: 6 cases of Chino Valley Ranch Fertile eggs to make house mayo
·Pickles per week: 90 gallons a week, between housemade cucumber, okra, watermelon rind, and kraut.
·Onions per week: 250 lbs yellow, 125 lbs red, and 30 lbs shallots
·Bacon per week: 200 lbs sliced bacon, 90 lbs of house-cured pork belly, and 25 lbs of slab bacon

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Short Order

6333 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 761-7970 Visit Website

Short Order

6333 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA