Appetizers
January 31, 2012
Ella's new Bipartisan Burger takes the politics out of lunch

As the national political circus continues to pitch its tents in towns and cities across America, many citizens are already growing weary of the rhetoric.

To lighten up the landscape, Ella Dining Room and Bar is offering the Bipartisan Burger during the month of February. It comes with fries and a root beer float for $15.

I asked Josh Nelson for details. He's a partner in the Selland Group, which owns Ella and other area restaurants.

The hamburger patty is ground from premium Wagyu beef (American Kobe) from Snake River Farms, he said. It's topped with imported Gruyere cheese and thick-cut peppered bacon, and plopped on a bun from the Acme Bread Co. Sharing the plate are hand-cut fries from potatoes grown around Winnemucca, Nev. The float is assembled from Burg's root beer and house-made Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream.

If the burger is bipartisan, what is Nelson's political leaning? "I don't have a political affiliation when I'm in Ella. It's too close to the Capitol," he said. "Let's just say I'm independent."

The burger lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Ella is at 1131 K St., Sacramento; (916) 443-3772, www.elladiningroomandbar.com.

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