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The L. A. Burger Hunt Map

As I attempt to burger my way through L.A., I armed myself with a handy map so I am never far from Medium rare Beef Patties and Melted Sharp Cheddar. Or Blue. Or Swiss. And I love Grilled Onions. Sigh...

There were a few mentioned that I couldn't find, so post the info and I'll gladly add them, as well as any other's. I didn't put any chains other than my nearest In n' Out, you know where they are.

I included an occasional remark from the original thread:


Not sure if that's okay, lemme know and I'll gladly remove the remarks.



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  1. That's great, really great.

    So great, I don't want to suggest any additions because it makes it seem like I'm making corrections.

    But at risk of being forward, might I suggest:

    2575 W. Beverly Blvd.


    George Petrelli's
    5615 Sepulveda Blvd
    Culver City, CA 90230

    and, finally

    The Shack
    185 Culver Boulevard
    Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

    Again, very cool ...

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    1. re: PaulF

      Has anyone tried the lunch burger at Boa? It intrigues me.

      25 Degrees--I've only been once because it's not that convenient--has the best burger that I've eaten.
      One step down but extremely enjoyable nonetheless--a bacon cheeseburger at Library Alehouse in Santa Monica.
      Also in this group is the Amuse burger at Beechwood.

      1. re: Wolfgang

        Thanks! This is great - I'll bookmark it as a reference when I want to find a new burger place. My favorite off the list is Bowry's burger, but also only recently started eating burgers again, so I have quite a few more to try :-)

    2. I am Burger Boy and I would not want you to miss any gems.

      26 Beach Restaurant
      3100 Washington Blvd
      Venice, CA 310-823-7526
      Great Burgers on homemade buns, they just brought back their cheese bun. Angus beef or Kobe. I love the Ole or the Anaheim, sometimes just a cheeseburger extra onion.

      The Bucket
      4541 Eagle Rock Blvd
      Los Angeles, CA 90041-3214View Map
      Do not know the best way to describe this, it is a burger patty grilled on a small grill maybe 6 at a time, bathed with this yellow mustard garlic cabbage mess. Grab a beer and relax.

      Yakanakis on Valley Blvd. 3 or 4 blocks east of the 605 Frwy.
      Just a great burger stand burger, I usually get the double with extra onions and french fries well done.

      Last but not least my latest obsession, a Burger Taco, you heard right. a hamburger in a taco shell.

      Tried 4 places and the BOMB is the original!

      Original Bill's Taco House
      219 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles

      This article says it all, really REALLY GOOD !

      Enjoy, and I am sorry for any addictions I may have started.

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        Burger Boy knows. Thats fer sure. However, I have turn him onto the local Taco Bell that still makes Bell Beefers in El Monte. Therefore, I know something about meat in a bun myself.

        These are my two current favs. At Egg Heaven in Long Beach you can get your burger at breakfast or lunch. This is a nice little corner café with a 60's hippie–like feel and great food. The burger is juicy inside and has a nice crust outside – a two hand burger. I have ate three of these in the last three weeks and each time I notice nice chunks of burger fall unto my plate which I eat with my fingers. I love this burger and this counter.

        Take a friend to Park Ave. for a nice night out to enjoy the best drink, burger, desert in a cool 60's Doogie style dinning room. The burger is a classic chopped sirloin that is everything it should be when served but you would not believe how good it is the next day as well when eaten cold (ya, we ordered way too much food last visit). The prices are very reasonable at Park Ave. Checkout the link. I really feel this are two that should not be missed. In fact we were going to go back to Park Ave, last weekend but all the talk about Milk on Beverly side-tracked us for desert there, therefore, we are headed to Park Ave. this weekend for those steaks and chopped sirloin burgers and oooooh that fruit cruble desert -- beats Milk hands down.

        Egg Heaven Cafe.
        4358 East 4th St. (Corner of East 4th and Ximeno St.)
        Long Beach, CA
        (562) 433-9277

        At Park Ave. Maybe the best chopped sirloin burger anypalce.

        1. re: JeetJet

          Been going to that Taco Bell for a year. There was a post a year or 2 ago that listed 3 or 4 Taco Bells still serving the BellBeffer, I can not find it.

            1. re: tony michaels

              No, i think i looked very closely, thats is not it, it listed 4 Taco Bells LA/OC that still did the BellBeefer and the Encharito.

              1. re: Burger Boy


                Ah, looks like I just repeated myself. One of the 3 signs of the "overly" aged process. ;-D

        2. The first one I clicked on has been bulldozed for over a month: Clearman's Galley. Of all that complex, only the North Woods Inn still stands. Sob.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            Just had one last week. They make The Boats menu inside the North Woods until the Boat is rebuilt. Still great


            1. re: JeetJet

              Oh, I am so glad to know that. Thanks!

              1. re: Will Owen

                You are welcome. Sorry for the short post but I was going out the door to...eat. Now I am back. The Boat was a landmark. However, it is nice having that chili-cheese burger inside the Northwoods. That large tall mug of ice cold beer goes perfect with that burger. This is one of those burgers that each part (bun, meat, chili) by itself is really nothing special but something happens when it all comes together -- a classic good burger. Northwoods serves the Boat menu until 4:00 pm Mon. thru Fri, I think. Call to be sure. When you visit check-out the art in the entry. They have a cool picture of what the Boat will look like once it is rebuilt. Same old Boat but the wharf style buildingds they will build as the dinning rooms will be nice. I think it will be a Hot Spot Sports bar in SGV.

                San Gabriel
                7247 Rosemead Blvd.
                San Gabriel, CA
                (626) 286-8284

          2. What a map! It must've taken a long time to make it. I made a Google Map for cheap eats in Pasadena (with far fewer locations), and then I had to stop. It took too long. :)

            1. awesome. don't forget MORTONs killer burger.

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              1. re: revets2

                Do you mean Morton's on Melrose or the Morton's Steakhouse chain?

              2. Thanks for all the feedback! I will update as I can to keep it current. Glad y'all like it, sure beats doing what I get PAID to do. Now if I can only get work to subsidize a burrito map...

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                1. re: sebastianxx

                  This is a great map! Thanks for the effort!

                2. Original two-lane jewels of In-n-Out. Among the first five built and still hand you a hot burger as you drive-thru unlike the newer one-lane crap the chain is building.

                  10601 Lower Azusa Rd
                  Temple City

                  15610 W San Bernardino Rd
                  West Covina

                  15259 E. Amar Rd. (After the burger get a donut at the Donut Hole)
                  La Puente, CA 91744

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                    1. re: JeetJet

                      I like the 2-lane In-N-Outs, but what's the problem with the 1-lane, burgerwise?

                    2. Is Hawkins in there?
                      Hawkins House of Burgers
                      (323) 563-1129
                      11603 Slater St
                      Los Angeles, CA 90059

                      The "Hawkins" burger consist of three, one-pound ground beef patties. Each pattie has different toppings. Pattie one has 2 Italian sausages with hot chili sauce and cheese. Pattie two has 2 eggs over easy with chili sauce. Pattie three has 1/2 pound of the best pastrami in town with chili sauce. This all comes on a giant bun with divider pieces of bread in between the patties.

                      The Altadena/Pasadena location is closed

                      It's your b-day ! It's your b-day ! It's your b-day ! It's your b-day ! It's your b-day !

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                      1. re: Burger Boy

                        Maybe if it were my 14th b-day I could eat one of those...!

                        1. re: Burger Boy

                          Can anyone VERIFY this location. I googled the above address and it's smack in a residential area. But another post has it near Imperial Blvd. and Compton Ave. around 500 ft. away (according to Google maps).

                        2. I LOVE YOU! :)

                          I highly recommend adding:

                          Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers (TONS of different burgers and toppings, inexpensive)
                          11660 San Vicente Blvd (Brentwood) 90049

                          Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen ($16 Meyer Beef ‘Cast Iron’ Burger with Niman Ranch Bacon, Point Reyes Blue Cheese or Sharp Tillamook Cheddar and Wild Greens)
                          1119 Wilshire, Santa Monica, 90401

                          Beacon ($9.95 grilled half-pound burger with carmelized onions, nueske bacon, gruyere, & sweet soy glaze)
                          3280 Helms Avenue, LA 90034

                          The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel ($22 Beverly Hills Sirloin Burger and the $34 Grilled Kobe-Style Burger)
                          9641 Sunset Blvd, 90210

                          1. The burger at Morel's Bistro at the Grove (Third & Fairfax) is outstanding. They have a steakhouse upstairs and as a result the downstairs bistro serves a burger that is prime grade beef and absolutley delicious with or without toppings. (It comes with onion marmalade relish and Edam or Grueyre cheese, but you can have them hold it or just scrape it off.) Good roll too. The other food is hit or miss (fries can be good) and so I think this place gets kind of ignored, but the burger is a very pleasant surprise, and one of the best in the city IMHO.

                            1. great map! i emailed it to my treo. I would add Pinks, which i feel is highly underrated in the burger dept. I like to get a pastrami chili cheeseburger. It ranks right up there with the pastrami chili cheese burrito dog or the bacon chili cheese burrito dog.

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                              1. re: SeanT

                                Thanks for the Pink's reminder, Sean! Not a big hot dog person, so every time I take the visiting tourists there, I wind up getting a burger. Chili Cheeseburger with a fried egg, hawaiian style, yum! Obviously I don't go too often...

                              2. Nice work!

                                One more for ya:
                                Wolfe Burger
                                46 N Lake Ave
                                Pasadena, CA 91101
                                (626) 792-7292

                                1. One more for the map. Carney's. While I prefer their chili cheese dogs many swear by the burgers.


                                  1. Is this a beef burger map only, or do you want to include pork as well? If so, my vote is:

                                    Wood Spoon
                                    107 W. 9th Street
                                    Downtown Los Angeles

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                                    1. re: aching

                                      What a thoughtful (& very useful) thing to do! You Rock!

                                    2. thats so awesome. i'd like to get a burger right about now, but i think i'mma try the 1/2lb burger at dodgers game tonight. ...sounds better then a dodger dog...

                                      if anyone is wondering where to get it, on the loge level home side, the stand at the end next to the entrance, they have a grill. items on the grill include 1/2lb burger, bbq chicken sandwich, steak sandwich, 1/2lb andouille sausage. they all come with kettle chips.

                                      1. Great map. I notice that OC needs some help.

                                        TK Burger (The Kind Burger) on PCH in Huntington Beach is as California as a burger gets. The ambiance of sunshine, beach, PCH, and this little shack could not b e better. It is the first place that comes to my mind to take someone from out-of-state because of the life-long memory they will have of that ambiance and that great burger – California at it’s best! The burger meat is above average but the bun (bread is the foundation of all sandwiches) is simply the best in So Cal. I wish all burgers had these buns, this view, and the cool people who serve it.

                                        There is a great Dairy Queen next door for desert. Try the cones dipped or with sprinkles, or try the frozen banana. Finish it all with a drive along the beach – Welcome to California!

                                        T K Burger
                                        110 Pacific Coast Highway
                                        Huntington Beach, California 92648
                                        (714) 960-3238.
                                        Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

                                        Another location is
                                        T K Burger
                                        (714) 662-2572
                                        2966 Bristol St
                                        Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                                        1. Here's a good one on the east side:

                                          the art of Burgers

                                          11629 E. Valley Blvd.
                                          El Monte Ca. 91732
                                          626 442-7554

                                          It's like In N' Out married Tommy's... weird I know, but oh sooo good. Very good crispy onion rings and shoe string fries. Wednesday and Sundays are .99 cent burger days.

                                          1. I don't eat burgers often, but the burger that I had at Tom's in Lancaster was very, very good. So were the fries and shake.

                                            1805 W Avenue J
                                            Lancaster, CA 93534

                                            Lancaster is near Palmdale and part of the greater LA area. Just one more suggestion for the burger map. :)

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                                            1. re: katkoupai

                                              We ate at Tom's today. Chose the $5.29 burger, fries and drink combo. Drinks are refillable, coffee free for seniors. The fries were outstanding and the burger was very good. I rarely get more than I can eat, but I couldn't finish it all - such a big plate of food.

                                              I loved that we got our food on a real plate and that you could hear the sounds of real crockery banging around in the back!

                                              We got there around noon. The place was doing a brisk business, but we didn't have to wait long.

                                              This place is not far from hwy 14 - I think about 20th w and w ave J.

                                            2. Anyone ever have a Big Wave with Cheese at Islands? I know it's a chain, but the fries are good enough to make it post worthy and the burgers aren't legendary but quite good. http://www.islandsrestaurants.com/

                                              1. Best burgers i've had this year is at 25 Degrees, followed by The Hungry Cat and Father's Office.

                                                The burger at 25 Degrees is on another level from anythign i've ever had, cooked to order, so juicy, but the fries and onion rings suck.

                                                Father's office has more texture, but the carmelized onions overwhelms some of the other flavors, but they have awesome sweet potato fries. I'd go just for the fries.

                                                Hungr Cat's Pug Burger is similar to the Father's Office burger but without the onions.

                                                25 Degrees
                                                7000 Hollywood Blvd
                                                Hollywood, CA
                                                Phone: (323) 785-7244

                                                Hungry Cat
                                                1535 N Vine St
                                                Hollywood, CA
                                                Phone: (323) 462-2155

                                                Father's Office
                                                1018 Montana Ave
                                                Santa Monica, CA
                                                Phone: (310) 393-2337

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                                                1. re: holybull

                                                  The recent ad for Carl's Jr's teriyaki burger had me thinkin' about the Hawaiian Burger at Island's. Pineapple, teriyaki sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onion, melted swiss...Used to drive to the nearest one half an hour away for that burger and their huge basket of fries. Not usually fond of seasoning salt on fries, but for islands it works.

                                                  1. re: sebastianxx

                                                    THe Carls burger i'm sure will be a letdown. I love the Hawaiian burger at islands.

                                                2. Outlaws in PDR make big, juicy, rare burgers that are actually worth the drive. The bleu cheese Jack the Ripper is the best $10 you'll spend. A longtime Grub favorite that hasn't changed a whit in decades. Cold beer & artery-clogging burgers, yowzer.

                                                  230 Culver Blvd
                                                  Playa Del Rey, CA

                                                  Phone: (310) 822-4040

                                                  1. I like the burger at bloom quite a bit. its on pico don't remember the exact address buts its easy of La Cienega.

                                                    1. I'd definitely add Golden Burger in Van Nuys. Very good review on this board.

                                                      Golden Burgers
                                                      4454 Van Nuys Blvd
                                                      Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
                                                      (818) 907-8889

                                                      Oh and thanks for doing this. Great work!

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                                                      1. re: kiwi

                                                        If Malissa hadn't posted below, I wouldn't have looked at this thread again. I noticed that what I wrote above doesn't make any sense!! I did not mean Golden Burger. Sorry about that. I meant the place that is at the southeast corner of Van Nuys Blvd and Magnolia. It is called Billy's Grill.

                                                        Billy's Grill
                                                        5162 Van Nuys Blvd
                                                        Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
                                                        (818) 783-6317

                                                      2. Best burger in LA is at Manhattan Beach Brewery. Not on your map.

                                                        1. I LOVE burgers and I disagree with Pie N burger, because the patty is not thick enough for medium or medium rare! it's rather dry in fact, though the burger as a whole is rather tasty. My husband, another burger fan, says why go there when In N Out is cheaper and comparable. personally I don't like In N out, but have only tried the one on Huntington and Garfield in Alhambra.
                                                          Really underrated is Hamburger Hamlet, just 'cause it's a chain! We go there weekly (on Lake Ave in Pasadena) for the awesome hamburgers. They don't always end up grilling it medium if you ask for medium (it's heavenly when they do though) but it's still really yummy!

                                                          1. What a terrific map! Thank you.

                                                            One of the best burgers in LA is served at Tom Bergin's, the big Irish bar on Fairfax just north of Olympic that's been around forever. It's just a high quality, great char-grilled cheeseburger. Nothing fancy, just done right.

                                                            1. Richmond Bar & Grill
                                                              145 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA

                                                              I'm a big fan of their Western Burger. It's not the best burger in LA, I'm sure, but pair it up with Richmond's famous homemade potato chips and cup of chili and it can't hardly be beat.

                                                              1. Second the votes for 26 Beach Restaurant in Venice and Rustic Canyon Wine Bar "Cast Iron" Burger in Santa Monica (great desserts too!)

                                                                3 Square Bakery Cafe in Venice has a great pretzel burger

                                                                Cannot go wrong with the burger at Magnolia or Bowery in Hollywood

                                                                1. Nice effort, though I think any compendium of L.A.'s burger joints must include Original Tommy's on Beverly and Rampart (2575 W. Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-9060, http://www.originaltommys.com/). Since 1946, Tommy's has made L.A.'s signature burger, the chili cheese burger. Plus, if you dare, the chili tamales are great. Every location is quality, but the orignal on Beverly is something special. Just a little stand with a big parking lot. It is no wonder half of the burger stands i this town are named some version of "Tommy." They all pay homage to the original.

                                                                  1. Phenomenal map. Now if someone would do the same thing for taco spots in Orange County..........:-)

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                                                                    1. re: Nakdcpl

                                                                      Not only "taco spots in Orange County" but many other categories. It would be very useful to those of us who drive all over the city -- or country -- if chowhound.com offered customizable google-quality maps of 'hound favorites, with cryptic text entries and, perhaps, pointers to lengthier discussions.

                                                                    2. Don't forget Hinano's in Venice, right by the pier. (If you don't mind a bar brawl with your burger.) I might even say it's my #1. Order it as is, and I love, love, love, the peppers and pickle that come with it.

                                                                      15 Washington Blvd.
                                                                      Venice, CA 90292

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                                                                      1. re: kree

                                                                        Oh. I can't believe I forgot to mention the burger at Hal's in Venice. It comes with a dab of foie gras. Truly the most gluttonous, heavenly thing you'll ever put in your mouth.

                                                                      2. It seems to me that the new incarnation of Mo Betta Meatty Meat Burger is definitely worth including.

                                                                        Is there any way for us to update this map?

                                                                        Mr Taster

                                                                        Indulge Cafe
                                                                        5101 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                                                                        1. OK, seriously, have you had the cheeseburger at Comme Ca? It's incredible! Even Jonathan Gold thinks it's the best ever.


                                                                          Comme Ça
                                                                          8479 Melrose Ave.
                                                                          W. Hlywd.CA 90069
                                                                          (323) 782-1178

                                                                          1. I recently had the Bacon Bleu Cheeseburger at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney...and I know Downtown Disney doesn't exactly exude good food...but the burger was amazing. It's ground filet, bleu cheese, and bacon, served medium rare. Comes with your choice of fries, regular, garlic parm, or creole. One of the best non-In-N-Out burgers I've ever had...and it's only available during lunch.

                                                                            Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
                                                                            1590 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

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                                                                            1. re: attran99

                                                                              The menu says it comes with "Mardi Gras slaw"? Does this mean I have to lift my shirt to get it?

                                                                            2. A few updates (the post is a couple of years old after all...) Had to include the Umami Burger with the Malt Liquor Tempura Onion Rings. Malt liquor is the new bacon, you know; I'm waiting for Thomas Keller's Colt .45 gelato...


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                                                                              1. re: sebastianxx

                                                                                Suggested additions:

                                                                                Father's Office 2
                                                                                3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                                                                                The Oinkster
                                                                                2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                                                The Original Tops
                                                                                3838 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

                                                                                Golden State
                                                                                426 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036