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Dec 14, 2006 04:58 PM

Good burgers near La Jolla (SD)

Anyone have a recommendation for a good non-chain burger place near La Jolla? Seems like Hodads is the best burger joint in SD, but OB is kind of out of the way for me. I like Fatburger at well (even though its a chain), but their location and lack of parking keeps me from going there. Is there anything worth while in the Clairmont or Mira Mesa area?

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  1. Rocky's on Ingram has a great burger, as does the Liars Club in MB. Good upscale burgers in La Jolla can be found at Jack's, Nine-ten, and Fresh (Kobe Sliders).


    1. Beleive it or not, Bully's has a great burger. There is a Bully's on La Jolla Blvd. It is a complete meal, if comes with a salad and a choice of potatoe. It is served on a French Roll.

      It is under $1The Bully Burger - San Diego’s famous burger for over 30 years..................... Served with fresh tomatoes, Bermuda onion and a deli dill pickle
      With cheese (American, Swiss, Cheddar or Provolone)...................................... Add-ons bacon, sautéed mushrooms, Anaheim chilies, or avocado 0.

      1. Nine-Ten has an amazing burger - though more expensive than what you'll find at Hodad's. Of course, being in downtown La Jolla, parking isn't that easy. I think Chicago On a Bun does burgers, near UTC, but I haven't tried them.

        A friend told me about a place near La Jolla Shores called Jeff's Burgers, that he raves about, but I haven't been there either.

        4 Replies
        1. re: Josh

          Does Nine-Ten valet for lunch? For dinner valet is $2 plus tip - a no-brainer in downtown La Jolla.

          I will also say I had the burger once at lunch and was not impressed - bun was too dry and burger under-seasoned.

          There is no bigger fan of Nine-Ten than me, but lunch I found lacking. I fully accept that I might have caught a bad day, but still not sure. Dinner on the other hand cannot be beat.

          1. re: rotochicken

            NIne-Ten also does a very good breakfast, or at least they used to. I haven't been there recently for breakfast, but the last time I had an excellent rendition of Eggs Benedict, plus the coffee was excellent. It was low key and no rush. Service was surprisingly good. They valet parked for breakfast.

          2. re: Josh

            Growing up my mom would drop me off at La Jolla shores for the day in the summer (with friends) and give me $5 for my food allowance. It was almost always spent at Jeff's Burgers. Haven't been there in years but I can still remember the ooozing cheese and the wrappers that they put the burgers in. So great after being at the beach. Man I should go back and check them out.
            That being said the Bully Burger is also great and so is Rocky's but it is cash only!

            1. re: jturtle

              Jeff's Burgers is wonderful. Great milkshakes too. "John Pepper approved" Wonderful owner and staff

          3. Chicago on a Bun's burgers aren't anything special.

            Rocky's in PB is a good suggestion.

            For something a little more convenient to La Jolla, I think Player's Sports Bar has a resonably acceptable burger and they'll cook it to order, even rare, IIRC. It's at Clairemont Mesa Blvd + I805, in the McDonald's shopping center.

            1. Sounds like Rocky's would fit the bill - it's kind of a "joint" like Hodad's. They also have a pretty decent burger at George's - you can order it in the bar or on the ocean terrace.