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Jul 25, 2006 04:50 PM

Best Burgers in Los Angeles

Looking for the best "cafe" burgers in L.A. and the two suggestions that seem to keep coming up are Father's Office and The Counter. . .Any further suggestions or preferences between these two?


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  1. I too am desperately seeking a good burger. Father's Office is great when I want a gourmet one, but sometimes I crave a good old-fashioned patty that doesn't need any fancying up. I find the Counter's burgers bland and disappointing.

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    1. re: hrhboo

      If you want a good, classic burger that is nothing fancy, try Hanano in Venice (on Washington, a block from the beach). The bartender's make them behind the bar and they are fantastic.

      1. re: ryan0414

        Emilyt did recommend Hinano's further down in the thread and it's been an LA board favorite for burgers for quite a few years.

        1. re: ryan0414

          Yeah, the JO barteneder told me he was to busy to make a burger, I asked if he was to busy to pour a beer? He said no, then I asked him to make me the burger of take it off th F____ menu. We had words and he refused to serve me. It is a good burger but they have that biker bar mentality, this was a few years ago, but F them I say.

          1. re: Burger Boy

            And then you went to...............I know 26 Beach! Right?

            1. re: sel

              No, it was very late, we ended up at In n Out. God bless their late hours! But I like your set up, I should have run with it, especially since I am on the payroll, oh wait, I was fired. Can I collect un-employement?

            2. re: Burger Boy

              The best burger in LA is @ "MASTER BURGER" on western & vernon, hands down. though I will warn you, don't go at night, and if you see someone nodding off at the bus stop, don't try to go help them, just go get your burger, and go elsewhere to eat it. I eat it there because I came up in the neighborhood. If you are a burger lover it will be worth the effort and the trip. The turkey burgers are great also. Get the King

              1. re: tacoyoda

                I'm very familiar with the area. Not even in the top 25 best burgers in LA. Huge? Yes. But overall quality & taste? Not even close.

            3. re: ryan0414

              They have good hot dogs and hot links as well!

              Hinano Cafe
              15 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

                1. re: ryan0414

                  I'll second the backing of Hanano, maybe the best pub burger ever in LA

                  1. re: CharlesKochel

                    Just so someone looking for it doesn't feel like they've been sent on a "snipe hunt" the name is actually Hinano...

                      1. re: CharlesKochel

                        And note that for Hinano, which is near the foot of Venice Beach, parking on a nice day is either extremely difficult or quite pricy.

                2. re: hrhboo

                  Vinoteque on Melrose has the best burger in town...period. It's a Kobe Burger for only 13 dollars with fries. Juicy, a bit spicy and oh so delicious.

                  1. re: mijollner

                    I had kobe sandwichs with a bagit in the Shadow Creek Golf Club house many times as guest in Las Vegas, but you can't get in unless you have a credit line of $30,000 minimum then it will be comped hehe....1/2" thick.

                3. the hellman burger at pete's cafe in downtown LA. corner of 4th and main.

                  get it with the bleu cheese fries and you'll be in heaven.

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                    1. re: wilafur

                      I work very close by, I'll have to check it out.

                      1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                        If you work near 1st and Main, the cafeteria at the Caltrans Building (100 N. Main) has a pretty good basic hamburger lunch special (hamburger or cheeseburger, fries or fruit and a 12 oz drink for about $4.) I mention it only if you work right around there; it's nothing fancy or worth going out of your way for. But I think it's the best thing they serve!

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                      1. The Counter in Santa Monica or the Farm in either Beverly Hills or the Grove.

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                        1. re: mitchrc

                          Um...I think the question was "other than The Counter." But I second The Farm. Surprisingly awesome.

                        2. I'm only lukewarm about their BBQ, but I think Zeke's has a pretty good burger.

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                          1. re: estone888

                            I agree, Zeke's has a very good burger. I've only been to the Montrose location, though.

                            Couple more good choices: Billy's Grill in Van Nuys and 26 Beach in Venice.

                            I can't recommend The Counter. Tried it twice and didn't enjoy it either time.

                            1. re: JimN

                              I have to agree with Billy's Grill also.. their exotic burgers are very good but their regular cheesburger is great!

                              1. re: JimN

                                Problem with Zeke's is: overly smoky. Works for ribs but not in my burger thanks.