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The Counter Restaurant Review: The Counter presents diners with a checklist on a clipboard instead of a regular menu. Here’s where the fun begins: check off your choice of patty (beef, turkey, chicken, vegan or special market selection), size, toppings, sauce and bun (or no bun) to create your bespoke burger. Want Danish blue cheese or herb goat cheese spread on your giant one-pounder? What about Dijon balsamic sauce or roasted garlic aïoli? But even before you wrap your mouth around your juicy burger, start off with the fried dill pickle chips, onion rings or sweet potato fries. For vegetarians, there’s the “hobo pack,” an assortment of fresh vegetables topped with herbs, and a veggie burger with spicy sour cream sauce. The eatery, with its refreshing industrial décor, mod music, cold beer, cocktails, wines, and booze-infused adult milkshakes, also offers sandwiches, fountain drinks, ice cream shakes and desserts such as apple crumble, Key lime pie and brownies. Also located at 6416 Irvine Blvd., Woodbury Town Center, Irvine, 949-336-7272.