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One Burger: Hungry Cat, 25 Degrees or Lucky Devil's?

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Humbucker Jan 19, 2008 10:59 PM

I've been in LA for the weekend and I'd like to have one great burger for dinner before I go home on Monday. Tomorrow I'm visiting LACMA and judging by all the "Best Burger in LA?" threads I've been reading, Hungry Cat, 25 Degrees and Lucky Devil's seem to be the best bets in the area. Which of these would you choose? Has 25 Degrees gotten over its service and consistency issues? Are they all over 1/3 lb. (I definitely want to indulge)? I've been dreaming about a burger in LA for weeks and I don't want to go home disappointed.

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    BearCity Nov 6, 2009 01:51 PM

    Lucky Devil's. Great burger, and the pecan shake and beer selection push it over the top.

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    Lucky Devils
    6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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      mc michael Nov 6, 2009 05:59 AM

      In the past year or so, the decent burgers I've had have been from Apple Pan (get double cheese), Hungry Cat, Houston's (get Thai Peanut Sauce on the side for dipping), Pete's (with those addictive blue cheese fries) and Umami (something different, get with the sweet potato fries and Japanese suds).

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      The Hungry Cat
      1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      Apple Pan
      10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      M Restaurant - Hotel Metropole
      205 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704

      1. LATrapp Nov 2, 2009 04:03 PM

        Well, since this thread has been revived...

        I had a great Pork burger at Tavern in Brentwood not long ago. Three kinds of pork blended and topped with a sort of romesco. VERY good!!!

        Also, I just read a review of a burger from one of LA's BBQ joints that looked amazing. I can't find it right now to link and don't remember which spot it was unfortunately. But the review and the photos had me craving it. It was a very plain burger but the reviewer raved about how well charred it was on the outside and how perfectly medium rare it was on the outside. Topped I think with just a slice of cheddar.

        It was one of the main BBQ joints in LA. Any ideas? Or suggestions for a simple burger as described above?

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        1. re: LATrapp
          Servorg Nov 6, 2009 06:10 AM

          If you are interested enough to go over some of the past threads on this subject you can take a look at these and see if you can't find some new ideas for burgers; simple or otherwise (obviously not all these threads are up to date given the dates they may have started at - so take that into consideration if you decide you may want to try one of these places out).

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/581948

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/485550

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

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/395093

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/338345

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/312209

          1. re: Servorg
            wutzizname Nov 6, 2009 10:52 AM

            Ditto, plenty of other threads for general burger debate instead of this nearly 2-year-old one that was specific to a visiting out-of-towner's choice of 3.

            That said, in response to several comments on topic, Hungry Cat IS for seafood, of course true, but many consider their burger to be among the city's elite. Personally I prefer ones mentioned on the above links.

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            The Hungry Cat
            1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        2. Deidre7 Nov 2, 2009 03:47 PM

          NEITHER! 8oz BURGER BAR! :)

          I got a raw burger from Lucky Devils before...that place scares me. I think Hungry Cat is more for seafood, no?

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          The Hungry Cat
          1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          Lucky Devils
          6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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            schrutefarms Dec 13, 2008 08:57 PM

            Haven't been to Lucky Devils, but out of the other two, I'd say 25degrees. The Pug burger at Hungry Cat was really tall, and hard to eat.

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              troublemaker Dec 13, 2008 08:45 PM

              Humbucker, next time you make your way out here again, do yourself a favor and try the burger at Comme Ca. They only serve it at lunchtime and after 9pm. It is by far, the best burger I've had in Los Angeles. The meat is of the utmost high quality, in fact, I order it rare when I go because it's so good. It's like some sickeningly delicious lovechild of steak tartare and the traditional burger. The frites served are perfectly crisped, not too wide, not too thin. Of all the burger I've had down here (and it's a lot) trust me when I say the Comme Ca burger stomps over the competition.

              1. Deidre7 Dec 13, 2008 02:14 PM

                Hungry Cat is for seafood, Lucky Devil's served me a raw burger (the meat was still marbled!), so I think 25 Degrees would be the best choice.

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                  ducattipilot Jan 21, 2008 07:42 PM

                  been to both 25 degrees and hungry cat love them both for what they each are and they are different Pug burger at HCat is great but so are the build your own burgers at 25 degees

                  Not exactly on your list but last night was the first night that I tried Burger nite at Grace and it was outstanding not to mention the great wait staff and overall quality of food, atmoshpere and winet - bye the way James Spader was enjoy his Burger last night as well.

                  Ducatipilot

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                    SauceSupreme Jan 21, 2008 09:42 PM

                    Mmm... truffle burger...

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                    jlrobe Jan 21, 2008 04:42 PM

                    You have Dont put TOO much expectations on these burgers. In the end, burgers are burgers, but Hungry Cat, 25 degrees, and Lucky Devil's all make fantastic ones. you cant go wrong either way. There will always be a few people who say that one of these places sucks, but I have eaten burgers in every city I visit, and these are definitely legit.

                    25 degrees and Lucky Devils has a great build your own burger option, so if you are a true foodie and love creating your own menus, then go to these places.

                    Lucky Devils and Hungry Cat both have awesome beers, with lucky devils having the best of the two (but hungry cat has better cocktails). Lucky devils also has great shakes. Even though its expensive, you have to get a craft brew or craft shake to go with that craft burger. Its a must!!

                    Lucky Devils is right on the strip, so people watching is better at Lucky Devils, but the atmosphere is best at Hungry Cat.

                    In the end, I like Lucky Devil's. The beer is awesome, the burgers are awesome, and people watching in HollyWIERD couldnt be more amusing. It might not have a better burger than Hungry Cat, but the people wathcing, beer/shakes, and customizability make up for it.

                    25 degrees is also good and has a good atmoshpere.

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                    1. re: jlrobe
                      SauceSupreme Jan 21, 2008 04:59 PM

                      Agree with the sentiment: all three make great burgers.

                      The customizability might be a great asset, but also a great downfall. Can't blame the kitchen if your toppings don't go well together! With that in mind, if you're at all a picky eater, 25 and LD are the way to go. I personally prefer HC's burger, but 25 gets the nod for their onion rings and fries. Also HC's burger tends to be a bit unwieldly because of its size (you'll definitely be indulging); my technique is to cut it in half and then hold it like an enormous pita.

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                        rameniac Jan 22, 2008 11:11 AM

                        lol sauce, somehow i figured you'd go with Hungry Cat haha.

                        i haven't actually had the burger there, because i usually wind up buried under oyster shells.

                        i can't quite really remember 25's burger as it was 4 in the morning...

                        so i'd go with lucky devil's kobe, customized how you like!

                    2. blackbookali Jan 21, 2008 08:52 AM

                      Go to all three. Hungry Cat has a great burger but it only comes one way, with awesome bacon and intense blue cheese. After a while I got sick of it and 25 degrees is great because of the burger bar concept(multiple toppings) and they have a great, great bun. But I have found that they will overcook what can be the best burger in town. I have been to Lucky Devils a few times and I really like the Diablo burger, but at $17, its a rip off and not THAT much meat. But in the end of the dayt, they are all pretty good and I would be happy to eat at one of those places than say Pie N Burger or In n Out.

                      1. wutzizname Jan 20, 2008 09:20 AM

                        I think everyone's gonna have a different opinion. Of the 3, based on my own experiences, I'd have to choose Hungry Cat. It's definitely not "small" but it is practically square shaped so it's almost as tall as it is wide. That does make it more of a knife and fork burger. But of the 3 places you mentioned, Hungry Cat uses the best, freshest, hand-packed meat. And it's got the best overall atmosphere and dining experience as well.

                        My 2 burgers at Lucky Devil were very disappointing, especially last week when I got the Kobe Bacon Blue. The meat was completely unmemorable (over-packed and flavorless) and the bun was the opposite of a "nice soft bun." It was mealy, and on its way to stale.

                        My only visit to 25 degrees was also unimpressive, though it was at an off hour and I've read on the board that that can make a difference. I'm ready to give 25-degrees another try, but until then can't really recommend it on my own.

                        For me, the best burgers in town remain the steakhouse ones: Arnie Mortons, Taylors, etc. And a few that get less mentions: Bar Marmont, The Farm at the Grove, and The Dresden.

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                          Humbucker Jan 20, 2008 09:15 PM

                          Just reporting back. I ended up at the Hungry Cat with a Pub Burger. The burger actually isn't "almost as tall as it is wide"- mine was almost TWICE as tall as it was wide! When I first got the platter I thought the burger was pretty small, but the small diameter was deceptive and by the time I was finished I was quite full. The meat was nice and crusty outside and medium rare inside. My only complaint was that the fries that came with the burger weren't very good. They were sort of limp and half-soggy like they were sitting around for a while.

                          Thanks for everyone's help! I can't wait to come back and eat more burgers!

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                            Servorg Jan 21, 2008 07:33 AM

                            I had a very good burger, (Caprese Burger -- smoked mozzarella, field greens, topped with oven roasted tomatoes and fresh basil with balsamic glaze and roasted garlic mayo) at Truxton's in Westchester last night. I did it with turkey rather than beef and I ordered their sweet potato fries to go along.

                            www.truxtonsamericanbistro.com

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                              AquaW Jan 21, 2008 08:30 AM

                              Definitely give Lucky Devil's a try the next time you come back; my fave of the three joints. And save room for the insanely delicious pecan milkshake!

                              ~H.C.
                              http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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                            jenngen Jan 20, 2008 07:16 AM

                            I have not been to 25 degrees, but I have been to the other two and loved their burgers. They are both quite different. Hungry Cat's burger is not the kind where you pick it up and eat it, I tend to cut it into pieces... it's a pretty/fancy burger and kind of on the smaller side from what I remember but very tasty. Lucky Devil's is a big burger, nice soft bun, Many different burgers to choose from. I've had the Kobe with bacon and blue cheese twice and both times were fantastic. If you want to indulge, I would say Lucky Devil's, of the two.

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                              sel Jan 19, 2008 11:34 PM

                              Of the 3 places that you mention, I've only been to Lucky Devil's twice and had 2 different Kobe burgers and a Pecan Milkshake. Everything was really excellent!

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