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Aug 23, 2007 12:19 PM

Great Burger AND Fries

Not to complicate the best burger debate any further, but I am hoping that someone will be able to assist me in answering this question: Where can I find a good burger with equally delectable fries?

Often I find myself eating a great burger, only to have the experience stymied by the underwhelming fries. Is there any place where meat and potato go hand and hand to create a truly fantastic experience? Or will I be forced to find two separate locations near enough to each other where I can order both to go?

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  1. My vote goes to Father's Office.

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    1. re: TracyS

      Second this, and Beechwood too.

      1. re: hrhboo

        I highly agree with both of these!

        I also recommend:
        Apple Pan
        Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers (for the spicy curly fries with ranchy dipping sauce YUM)
        The Bowery (Bowery Burger + sweet potato fries)

        1. re: LisaStitch

          Ahh yes...

          Apple pan. Fries and Apple Pie a la mode, what a combination.

    2. YORK in Highland Park...love the burger (don't like the pickled onions)...really LOVE THE FRIES.
      GRACE has an amazing burgers with HEAVENLY FRIES (just bring your own ketchup cuz their ketchup sucks)

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      1. re: tatertotsrock

        I second the York. Had the burger and fries last night. Burger was med rare (as ordered) and the "skin-on" fries were nicely cooked and seasoned.

      2. Gorikee (in Woodland Hills), for their huge and tasty burger (unfortunately named the Wimpy Burger), sided with hot, crisp garlic fries. A harmonious meat and potato experience. Total: $7, but only available for lunch (till 2:00 p.m.). Don't stray into the dive bar next door without a pair of nunchucks, though...

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          1. re: David Kahn

            Hi David... Yup, Wimpy is an interesting cartoon archetype, and a good patron saint of hamburgers :-). I suppose naming a burger in his honor makes sense! However, just as Winne-the-Pooh is also a lovable cartoon icon and patron of honey, I would find it an unfortunate marketing practice to sell a line of honey called Pooh Honey. Conjures up the unthinkable. HAHAHA !

            1. re: silence9

              I've heard that in England hamburgers were referred to as Wimpys.

        1. What kind of fries do you prefer? Shoestring? Steak fries? I still say my favorite burger is the bacon cheeseburger at Houstons, and their fries are damn good but they are shoestring style.

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          1. re: dinami

            I gotta give another vote to Housetons. Best burger in LA, and terrific fries.

          2. Trax has an above average burger & amazing fries.
            Gotta rec. Fatburger's skinny fries (dipped in ketchup & Tabasco). Mmmmm

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            1. re: B Minus

              B Minus,
              Hi, could you tell me more about the TRAXX burger...and the fries...I love TRAXX and since they are KCRW Merchants and I'm a member-great discout: 10% off including alcohol....refereshing.

              1. re: tatertotsrock

                I'm partial to "stand" burgers myself. I like a lot of personality in my burger. But the Traxx burger was very nice. It's a good version of the standard fancy burger you find all over L.A. these days. It comes on a nice on a nice bun-roll hybrid, trimmed with traditional fix'ns (Tom., Let., Red On. (if I remember correctly). You have your choice of the common cheeses. And it comes with a couple of nice gerkins. The burger itself is of good, quality, meat cooked to order. Careful how you order it though. I like my meat mooin', but their "rare" is nearly raw. All in all a very tasty, and tasteful, burger. I'd recommend it (along with a couple of Buds to was it down).

                The fries though...
                The fries are top notch. I'd go back just for the fries. Nice shoestrings (my favorite cut), with a flavor that I can only describe as that of buttered popcorn. Sounds strange, but that's what they tasted like. The waiter said that they were fried in peanut oil. So good.

                1. re: B Minus

                  Thanks B Minus,
                  I now know where I'll get my burger fix next week...yee ha, me and my KCRW card.

              2. re: B Minus

                Ahh, Fatburger fries are pretty darn good. I prefer mixing that ketchup with Tapatio personally, but I can say that's a solid combo.

                I like the Farmer Boy's burger combo. The burger comes with 2 patties, cheese, bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato, and their fries are pretty good too. I also like the "herb shoestring fries" served with the sandwiches at Bonaventure Brewing Company in downtown LA, and the combo at Happy Cow inside the Bonaventure isn't bad, though the fries are pretty salty.

                I'd say that more often than having a good burger with bad fries, I end up with a mediocre burger and good fries.

                1. re: MeAndroo

                  Try the chipotle Tabasco. Very nice.

                2. re: B Minus

                  I don't recall seeing a hamburger or fries on the Traxx menu - and I was just there 2 weeks ago. Enjoyed the crab cake though.

                  1. re: Rae

                    Traxx has a burger on the lunch menu.

                    1. re: Rae

                      Yep, should have said I was there for lunch.