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Burgers and Pizza

From Chicago-here two years plus. Have yet to have a decent Hamburger or Pizza. Anyone know where I can get a great hamburger or pizza? I've had suggestions like Apple Pan and Toppers which are not even average. If we can't find good stuff here we should open our own place.

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  1. this thread can get you started

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/429948

    for both pizza and burgers, give us an idea of your favs back in chicago...that is ... hat do you look for in a burger ? in pizza ?

    1. And a previous recent LA pizza thread to give you an overview of the territory under discussion. You can tell by the paltry number of responses that this is a very unemotional topic around here. ;-D http://www.chowhound.com/topics/57860

      1. Dave,

        Ex Chi-towner here as well. Where do you live? The good news is this is actually a great burger town, if you know where to look. On the other hand, pizza has been a disaster, but some recent developments have improved the situation quite a bit.

        I couldn't agree with you more on Apple Pan, although thats one of the most heated debates on Chowhound and has many of its own threads.

        My personal favorites for pizza are Joe's in SM and Vito's in Hollywood, but give Pizzeria Mozza a shot as well for a more gourmet take. Forget Chicago-style pizza although some threads will tell you otherwise.

        For burgers, I go Father's Office, Hinano, In N' Out, or to one of the dozens of Jewish delis. Houston's and Bandera have also been rated really highly.

        Here are some other relevant threads:

        Burgers
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/450331
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/452266

        Pizza
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/441827

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        1. re: ElJeffe

          I hated Father's Office when I had it. The cheese was so strong I couldn't even taste the burger, it was just overly salty, though big.

          Just tried Pie N' Burger and it was decent for one on a griddle, and better than In N' Out. I do have to agree that Houston's is certainly good.

          I used to actually toss New York Style Pizza on the East Coast, and have givven up on any good pizza out here.

        2. For burgers I like Alfie's in Glen Ellyn and Boston Blackies downtown. For pizza Pizzaria Uno but thin crust is fine.

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          1. re: Dining Dave

            B&R burger's Royale is a monster and BBQ King's burger. They both take a long time to get. Order ahead.

          2. I am a fan of Chicago style pizzas, although it's been years since I've been out there. I found a place in Lakewood called Banducci's. They serve thick crust and stuffed pizzas. The stuffed reminds me of Giordano's. It's mostly takeout, though. Others on the Board have recommended Tony's LIttle Italy, but I have never ventured out that end of OC.

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            Tony's Little Italy Pizza
            1828 N Placentia Ave, Placentia, CA 92870

            Banducci's
            2706 Del Amo Boulevard, Lakewood, CA