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Looking for a good hamburger take-out joint in south Orange County, specifically Mission Viejo area. Something other than In-N-Out

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  1. In the Dana Point area, on PCH, in the shopping center where Gelsons is, you can find some of the best hamburgers around. They aren't "take out", and they're not cheap, but boy are the good. Great meat, great grilling over wood burning grilles. I'm talking about the Salt Creek Grille. Their hamburgers are wonderful; so is their Portobello mushroom burger. Yeah, I know, it's not take-out and it's not cheap but if you want to try a perfectly broiled burger with any kind of topping, try these guys. I like to eat at the bar, where there are tables but no reservations.

    1. When I worked the Niguel area, I used to stop at Ted's Place, on Aliso Creek, near La Paz.
      It's a classic take-out spot.

      With the exception of a couple Mexican spots, South Orange County really lacks good hole-in-the-wall spots.

      1. Hennesey's in Dana Point. Great Burgers and even better on Tuesdays when they are 2 for 1

        1. Fatburger is Aliso Viejo is one of my favorites

          1. TK Burger in Costa Mesa, Newport and Huntington make some very quality burgers. It's a hole in the wall type burger joint...nothing fancy...no Kobe...but damn good!

            1. A's Burgers (just a couple doors down from the InNOut)
              28698 Camino Capistrano
              San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

              1. Knowlwoods is good and they've got Anchor Steam on tap. I'm not sure how far south they go but I know they've got locations in Anaheim (near Yorba Linda/Placentia), Orange/Tustin, and Fullerton. There might be more. Their salads are huge.

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                1. re: StivKaye

                  I tried the Knowlwood in Irvine and it was pretty good.

                2. TK Burger in Huntington Beach.