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Live Nude Burgers! (Who has the best?)

Yeah, another "where to get the best hamburger" thread but this one is different.

Almost all the ones on this site tell you about places that pile on great toppings and the burger is great because of what they put on it. I'm looking for places that have a great burger on a great bun and you can either eat it that way or dress it yourself.

At the moment, my favorite is Cassell's even though it's not as good as it once was. They have good meat (they use a better cut than most burger joints) and the people there really know how to cook it. Unfortunately, the buns are undistinguished, the place is shabby and every so often, you get a bad outlier burger there.

So where can I get a great burger that's just a great burger?

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  1. You perked me up. I thought you were going to tell me about a place, like the sushi places, where you eat a hamburger off a live nude girl! Aside from that, try 26 Beach, they have Angus or Wagyu Kobe and they make their own buns, I like the brioche and the cheese. They have all the regular toppings, mayo, 1000, mustard, pickles, relish, tomato, onion, lettuce or romaine and who knows what else!

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    26 Beach
    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      Taylor's (lunch only)

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      Taylor's Steakhouse
      3361 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

      1. re: wutzizname

        Taylor's is great if you want a burger that tastes like steak. It is very good, but to me it doesn't taste like a burger, it tastes like a steak sandwich that happens to be ground. I'd get the burgers at Redroom bar on 2nd or Village Idiot on melrose or the Pacific Dining Car and order them plain, or with whatr ever you happen to want on it.

        1. re: rednyellow

          I cannot even begin to get my head around this line of thinking. When a burger is so good that it approaches the quality of the piece of meat it was ground from, it does not become another kind of animal, it is simply the best-of-breed.

          1. re: wutzizname

            It was a really good flavor, just didn't taste to me like a burger should. Indeed, it was a direct decendant of a quality steak.

    2. I go to Gordon Biersch in Burbank (yes, Burbank, can you believe it?!) and get their cheeseburger minus the cheese, "dry" (i.e., no toppings). It's DELICIOUS. Moist, well-formed, nice char. I hate their garlic fries -- sacrilege, I know -- so I always get a wedge salad instead.

      "Dry" burger, large beer and a wedge salad with bacon, bleu cheese and caramelised onions. Now THAT is a man's meal.

      1. With the obvious exception of Father's Office, almost all the places on any L.A. foodies' list of best premium burgers will serve their burgers "dry", although I've sometimes had to convince the waiter I really, really want it with absolutely nothing on it.

        I've had plain burgers at both The Counter and 25 Degrees, and I found them every bit as good as they would be with standard or customized topping combos. Of the two I would probably give 25 Degrees the edge for having a better bun.

        1. It's been a while, but I used to go to Nick & Stef's at least once a week for the happy hour burger, hold the cheese and bun (back when it was $6 w/fries!). Nice char + excellent flavor = all around best naked burger.

          http://www.patinagroup.com/nickStef/

          1. Hands down winner: Arnie Morton's, lunch only. Also agree, 25 Degrees good. And 26 Beach good.

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            1. re: la tache burger

              I had a great burger minus even the bun a few days ago at The Daily Grill in Brentwood. It was thick, charred and very, very juicy. With just a little salt ( I need salt) it was great! I had no idea. This was the burger, not the chopped surloin.

              1. re: la tache burger

                la tache, I agree with you on bbq (tasty-q) and burgers (arnie mortons)...this burger is a deal and a meal. i like eating in the bar area. something about being underground beneath cell phone range helps me enjoy the burger even more.