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Live Nude Burgers! (Who has the best?)

Hackenbush Mar 6, 2008 07:16 PM

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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    Burger Boy Mar 6, 2008 09:05 PM

    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!

    26 Beach
    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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    1. re: Burger Boy
      wutzizname Mar 6, 2008 10:41 PM

      Taylor's (lunch only)

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

      1. re: wutzizname
        rednyellow Mar 7, 2008 03:44 PM

        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.

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          wutzizname Mar 7, 2008 05:00 PM

          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
            rednyellow Mar 7, 2008 05:07 PM

            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. Das Ubergeek Mar 7, 2008 08:08 AM

      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. maxzook Mar 7, 2008 11:38 AM

        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. yinyangdi Mar 7, 2008 01:27 PM

          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.


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            la tache burger Mar 7, 2008 03:36 PM

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

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              deadre Mar 7, 2008 07:10 PM

              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.

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                jessejames Mar 16, 2008 12:08 PM

                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.

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                epop Mar 8, 2008 08:18 AM

                Barney's in Brentwood can be very good

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                  dieselbolts Mar 14, 2008 06:58 PM

                  I have tried many burgers around the city (most listed in this thread) and I still feel for the burger alone that Houston's of all places has to be on any top burger list. The amount of flavor that is infused by the wood burning fire grill is both amazing and tough to duplicate.

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