Kitchen Confidential

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PBJ Burger

The Chef’s Table

Back in 2013, Jon Irwin, co-owner of The Chef’s Table in Rocklin, remembers when one of his cooks showed him an unusual burger that he had fashioned for his own lunch. In place of traditional toppings, he embellished the creation with peanut butter, grape jelly, bacon and, um, sriracha.

“I looked at him sideways and said, ‘WTF?’ ” Irwin recalls. “And he said, ‘Dude, it’s really good. You’ve got to try it.’ ” It was love at first bite: The restaurateur turned from a doubter to a believer, and a week later, the PBJ Burger was on the menu.

While Irwin isn’t sure when the dish was removed from the permanent lineup (it still makes a brief cameo appearance on the menu every four months or so), he says that word about its sweet-spicy goodness is spreading at such a fast pace that the burger—which layers a SunFed Ranch organic beef patty with grape jelly, cheddar cheese, creamy Skippy peanut butter, applewood-smoked bacon and a squirt of sriracha—doesn’t need the menu’s help.

“It’s a bunch of ingredients that should not work together,” he says. “But once people try it, they fall in love with it and can’t stop talking about it.” $16. 6843 Lonetree Blvd. Rocklin. 916-771-5656. thechefstablerocklin.com

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