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.
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.
5615 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
185 Culver Boulevard
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Again, very cool ...
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.
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.
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.
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
At Park Ave. Maybe the best chopped sirloin burger anypalce.
re: Will Owen
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.
7247 Rosemead Blvd.
San Gabriel, CA
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
15610 W San Bernardino Rd
15259 E. Amar Rd. (After the burger get a donut at the Donut Hole)
La Puente, CA 91744
Is Hawkins in there?
Hawkins House of Burgers
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
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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
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.
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.
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
Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Another location is
T K Burger
2966 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Here's a good one on the east side:
the art of Burgers
11629 E. Valley Blvd.
El Monte Ca. 91732
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Phone: (323) 785-7244
1535 N Vine St
Phone: (323) 462-2155
1018 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA
Phone: (310) 393-2337
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.
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
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.
5162 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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!
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.
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.
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
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...
Father's Office 2
3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
The Original Tops
3838 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
426 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036