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Aug 10, 2007 09:53 AM

Best Burger in LA

I'm moving to LA and wondering where to get the best burger around.


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  1. Howdy. If you do a search, you'll find TONS of previous threads, here is one example:

    But just to toss out there, my favorite burger of the month has to be Arnie Morton's burger which is fantastic!

    8 Replies
    1. re: baloney

      Agree. The burger at Morton's is splendid. (I get mine with cheddar and sauteed mushrooms.) Too bad they only serve it at lunch. (I've actually tried, unsuccessfully, to bribe a server to get one at dinner.)

      1. re: David Kahn

        the minis in the bar in the PM are pretty good too. scratches the itch!

          1. re: Burger Boy

            I think she means in the evening, on the dinner menu.

            1. re: hrhboo

              I thought the same thing. As in Post Meridian. Like 7:00 p.m.

        1. re: David Kahn

          I finally, finally, had my burger fix at Morton's today. Ordered their cheddar/sauteed mushrooms burger... med-rare, and my dining companion had the swiss/sauteed onions... medium. We split the burgers to try both.... they were awesome. And the fries weren't too shabby either.

          1. re: snooze button

            Glad you liked it. I usually get them to sub sauteed spinach with mushrooms for the fries, on the theory that it's marginally more healthy. (Also, I really like spinach.)

            Btw, here's the link to the downtown LA Morton's. Other locations can be found here: .

            Arnie Morton's the Steakhouse-Los Angeles
            735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

            1. re: David Kahn

              this is the tip o' the year! thanks, david! we love the fries, but usually order the spinach on the side, the creamed spinach was is probably marginally more artery clogging. thanks, again!

        1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

          Where is Cassell's located? I've heard good things about this joint and would love to try it.

          1. re: iknowfood64

            I tried the link for it and it doesnt work. It's near 4th and Vermont, but I don't have the exact address.

            1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

              I believe the exact address is 3266 6th Street, cross street Vermont. Last I heard it is only open Monday-Saturday 10:30a-4p.

            2. re: iknowfood64

              Cassell's link:

              Cassell's Hamburgers
              3266 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

              1. re: iknowfood64

                I must dissent on Cassell's. I think their burgers are plain and boring in the utmost, just the sort of burgers one would make at home on a weekend. The meat is plain, the buns are the sort of supermarket-white-bread-ten-to-a-pack variety, and the condiments are just the ordinary assortment. They don't even grill the buns. I found the only think remarkable about Cassell's is how truly unremarkable they were.

                1. re: Woolsey

                  In the thirty years I've lived in LA I've never seen a restaurant decline as dramatically as Cassell's.

                  There was a time when I would have been the first to call this the best hamburger in southern California. Nowadays I find that most people who reflexively throw Cassells' into a best-hamburger discussion haven't been there in years. (I think their limited hours may have helped preserve their reputation.)

                  You'll just have to trust me that at one time they deserved the rep. That time is long past.

                  1. re: maxzook

                    > That time is long past.

                    Very long past. I haven't been to Cassell's in years, but I wasn't happy with the place (for reasons very much like maxzook's) as long ago as the Eighties, when I discovered Russell's and its deliciously crisp and tender hashbrowns and towering meringue pies. Alas, Russell's is down to a single location and something far less than greatness, so I continue to patronize Pie 'n Burger for the burger, the hashbrowns, the occasional piece of pie (good but usually not great), and that one very cute waitress.

                    1. re: Mel Gee

                      I disagree completely. I only started going to Cassell's about 2 years ago, and as of now they've got everything I need in a burger, and nothing I don't. I don't need a burger served rare. I don't need Blue Cheese, horsradish, and caramelized onions. And I absolutely don't need some asshole telling me I can't use ketchup on his "creation".

                      Cassell's, like some of the Fatburger locations, has a giant ketchup pump. "Nuff said.

                      1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                        What is rarely mentioned is that Cassell's uses USDA PRIME GRADE BEEF which they will cook rare or however it is ordered. It is served on a bun with cheese if requested and the customer dresses it up at a condiment bar however they choose and you can make a little salad on the side. Mayo, 1000 Island and Potato Salad (included at the condiment bar) are made in house.

                    2. re: maxzook

                      "I think their limited hours may have helped preserve their reputation." That is an Interesting thought. Your post, and Mel Gee's reply, are both sad to read, but it Sounds like you both write from knowing the current state of things.

                      Maybe try Bake 'n Broil for a burger, coffee and slice of pie in the traditional fasion and honest price range -- $7. I would upgrade the pie to the Banana Cream for just a little extra. Also, more than one very cute server. Even better yet, they are all nice, real people even thought they can take too long to refill the water gleass some times, but still very real people.

                      Jongeward's Bake 'n Broil (TTry the burger special -- burger, slice of pie and drink for about $7.Also, Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner. Chicken Fried Steak, Pot pie, IMO, L.A.’s best Banana Cream pie and Red Velvet cupcakes / cakes)
                      3697 Atlantic Ave (North of 405 – corner of 37th st.)
                      Long Beach, CA 90807
                      (562) 595-0396

                      1. re: maxzook

                        I've been going to Cassell's since Mr. Cassell himself ran the place in the old location. That was back before they had French Fries and instead had little bags of potato chips. (They always had their special kind of potato salad, however.)

                        I agree the place isn't what it used to be but I still love it. I probably eat there once a month. At its worst, it's still better than any other burger place I can think of for ten miles around. And every so often, it's as good as it ever was.

                        1. re: Hackenbush

                          DISTANCES FROM CASSELL'S TO:

                          Tops: 20.6 miles
                          Father's Office: 15.1 miles
                          Russell's: 13.4 miles
                          The Counter: 12.3 miles
                          The Bucket: 10;5 miles
                          Apple Pan: 10.3 miles

                          25 Degrees and Tommy's: too close ;)

                          1. re: maxzook

                            Cassell's also isn't ten miles away from Lucky Devils, Vert, or The Hungry Cat, either. (I personally can't vouch for Arnie Morton's.) I'd even take the burger at The Standard in Downtown or the Room Service, er, Hellman Burger at Pete's Café over Cassell's.

                            1. re: Woolsey

                              We disagree. I prefer Cassell's to any of those places.

                2. With the rec. for Arnie Morton's you have the best "luxo" burger in LA. For the burger stand / dive bar variety I like two places:

                  B & R's Old Fashion Burgers (burger stand variety)
                  3512 W Rosecrans Ave
                  Hawthorne, CA 90250
                  (310) 679-4774

                  And Hinano's (dive bar variety) on Washington Blvd. in Venice Beach just steps from the water and Venice Pier.

                  Hinano Cafe
                  15 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

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                  1. re: Servorg

                    Second Hinano. The best thing to happen to me in recent memory was when I discovered that you can now get bacon on your Hinanoburger!

                    1. re: Servorg

                      The Hinano burger is indeed, first class. Just don't be surprised by the dive bar atmospher. Great place.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Hinano. Fantastic burgers and Guinness. I mean, come ON.

                        1. re: dwg

                          All this Hinano talk has me hungry. I'm going there right now!!

                        2. re: Servorg

                          Hinano! You just made me hungry, dammit! Best bar burger in LA County since the demise of the Honey Bucket in Long Beach.

                        3. "Best Burger" on western between jefferson & exposition..... Try the Double King burger 2 pounds of meat..... Don't forget the fried egg & Smokey bacon..... YUM

                          1. If you're talking about restaurant-style mega-burgers, my two favorites are both in Santa Monica.

                            Father's Office is a small gastropub, almost always overcrowded, with a burger served with Gorgonzola, arugula and caramelized onions and a strict no-ketchup, no-substitutions rule. The burger is well worth the location and its idiosyncrasies.

                            The Counter, which is about to expand into something of a chain, is the opposite number to Father's Office in that you can get damn near _anything_ on your burger. You get a clipboard with a full lists of cheeses, sauces, veggies, etc. and sizes from 1/3 to a full pound.

                            And for a fast-food-chain burger, In-N-Out ... That's What A Hamburger's All About. I linked to their well-known Hollywood outlet but they have branches all over. Surprisingly, they also have the only decent fries of any of the places in this post (I haven't had the father's office sweet potato fries).

                            Father's Office
                            1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

                            In-N-Out Burger
                            7009 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                            2901 Ocean Park Blvd Ste 102, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                            1. re: maxzook

                              As a side note, Father's Office will let you bring in your own catsup.

                              1. re: PlatypusJ

                                hilarious! have any chowhounders actually brought their own catsup?? if so, whY?

                                1. re: katydid13

                                  I bring it everytime I go to FO. The burger doesn't need ketchup; the fries do as I am a ketchup and potatoes person. The garlic aioli is good but it's rich and it's nice to have the ketchup to dip my fries into.
                                  I had the burger and sweet potato fries on Saturday and both were outstanding. The Racer 5 was great too.