Best burger in Westwood?
I am the one often championing the burger at Philly West. It is a half-pound, fire grilled, oblong and served on their cheesesteak rolls. Charred, juicy, messy, wonderful -- a cheeseburger with grilled onions and all the garnishes is about $6. Their fries are fairly thick and I think best ordered extra-crispy. They are on the east side of Westwood Blvd. south of Santa Monica Blvd. with free parking in the back. In my experience, the burgers are a bit better in the daytime, though the co-owner/daytime cook swears they are all the same. I challenge anyone to find a better burger in L.A. for under $10.
The Apple Pan has been the subject of long threads and much nostalgia, which I can appreciate. But to me the burgers are thin and WAY overpriced. In'n'Out is fast food, though admittedly superior fast food. I like that Tommy's hut just south on Gayley -- big, freshly made burgers at a very good price. But they are nothing like the original Tommy's on Rampart and Alvarado, and to me their orange, gloppy chili is insipid, tasteless, and totally lacking any spice (though it gets a thumbs-up for having no beans). Their special combo of a double cheeseburger, fries, and drink for less than $5 is a big meal and great value. In'n'Out fans facing a long line should check Tommy's out -- you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Apple Pan on Pico and Westwood, if you consider that Westwood. If not, In N Out, and if you don't want chain food, and it's after 11PM and you're on your way home, Tommy's, just south of In N Out. Love that particular Tommy's location for their chili cheese burger and fries.