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ISO Best non-Hassle Westside Burger

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BabyLitigator Sep 15, 2006 01:08 AM

I was having a conversation with a friend, and we were both craving burgers (to be eaten during the dinner rush), but neither were in the mood to brave the Counter or My Father's Office.

So my question is, what is the best sit-down burger place on the Westside that is not completely overrun on peak times?

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    Cinnamon Sep 16, 2006 03:54 AM

    I have to put in a pitch for Trader Joe's Aged Steakburgers. They are really amazing... best burgers in eons.

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      jessiebelle Sep 16, 2006 01:16 AM

      it might be lame to some but i do love the hickory burger at apple pan's and the nook burger is pretty good. but i also love in n out, tommy burger and fatburger. has anyone every tried howard's avocado burger on venice? i've always been curious about that one.

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        scoot Sep 17, 2006 12:32 AM

        I tried it maybe 8 or 9 years ago and was fairly repulsed. Cool sign, though.

      2. mollyomormon Sep 15, 2006 11:54 PM

        this one's easy: the burger cooked rare at S.F. Saloon on Pico and Gateway. Never crowded, always good. I'm getting one tonight!

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          jackattack Sep 15, 2006 10:03 PM

          Bleu Cheese Burger on Sourdough, the bar at the Gardens on Glendon

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            fermentedthings Sep 15, 2006 09:46 PM

            hey, hassle is all about perspective. if i'm in a good mood, i go to apple pan and enjoy watching other people eat and i try to decide what kind of pie to get (always wind up with boysenberry). if i'm not in a good mood, i go to juniors. i like their burgers. i was shocked. i've normally been quite dissappointed by everything but the eggs there. but a nice burger with sauerkraut and swiss and an a chocolate phosphate or an ice cream soda(get vanilla with dr. browns cherry)--and no hassle at all. just good old fashioned jewish mothering.

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              sumo10 Sep 15, 2006 08:49 PM

              For a good char burger in a chill spot, try the Shack in Playa Del Rey at the end of Culver Blvd. It's definitely not as pretentious as any of the high end burger "bistros". Their cheeseburgers are quite good. I would compare it to a really really good cheeseburger that your uncle would grill up at a BBQ. Their signature burger is topped with a Louisianna Hot Link or Portguese Sausage. Other than that it's not gimmicky. Doesn't come on a ciabatta, doesn't not topped with blue cheese, doesn't have truffles on it. It's just a good old fashioned charburger. In my opinion it beats Fatburger and places like the Apple Pan. I'm surprised I haven't seen this recommended more by Chowhounders.

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                Wes Sep 15, 2006 09:37 PM

                They have pretty good fries. If more than 1 person I suggest splitting a large rather than 2 small orders. Enough for 3.

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                  Xericx Sep 15, 2006 09:38 PM

                  THey have one on Wilshire between 25th and 26th in Santa MOnica too. I like their onion rings too.

                  I actually liked the burger @ Izzys Deli....not the ones w/ the weird toppings just the regular cheeseburger and fries.

                  I still like Islands...but I really only get the hawaiian burger.

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                    PaulF Sep 15, 2006 11:08 PM

                    I always forget to mention the Shack, but you are right to do so.

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                    silence9 Sep 15, 2006 06:42 PM

                    The burger and frites at Nook Bistro!

                    1. hrhboo Sep 15, 2006 06:38 PM

                      Beechwood does an awesome burger, I actually prefer it to the one at FO.

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                        Wes Sep 15, 2006 04:35 AM

                        George Petrelli's Steak House
                        5615 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA
                        (310) 397-1438

                        A realy great burger.

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                          PaulF Sep 15, 2006 06:52 PM

                          I agree and, if chains are allowed, Islands has good burgers, too.

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                            Wes Sep 15, 2006 09:36 PM

                            Not your intention I'm sure but Pretelli's is not a chain. Only 1.

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                              PaulF Sep 15, 2006 11:07 PM

                              I meant I agree that Petrelli's is a great burger and that Islands has good burgers too, if chains are allowed. (Islands = chain)

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                          ThatPat Sep 15, 2006 03:31 AM

                          Houston's California burger is a very juicy, very good burger. Worth the rather high price. I think 26 Beach's burger is also very good.

                          1. westsidegal Sep 15, 2006 02:23 AM

                            i'd go for 26 beach cafe on washington in marina del rey.

                            many have recommended the burger at the cheesecake factory, but talk about a zoo!

                            1. wilafur Sep 15, 2006 01:10 AM

                              believe it or not, the kobe burger at arsenal is pretty damn good.

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