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Need a New Hamburger Place

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I am on a never ending quest for a really good restaurant hamburger. I have two "well behaved" sons, 10 & 4 so no restaurant/night club places and I would prefer it not be a chain. Got any good ones?


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  1. Lucky Devils in Hollywood

    1. Welcome to Chowhound!

      Yah, this topic never comes up :-).
      With $4/gal gas biting us, it would be helpful to know how far you're willing to travel from WH and how upscale you like.

      In the meantime, er, chew on these recent burger related topics:

      My favorites are in here:

      Go for JNJ!

      1. Best place for you and your sons in WeHo is Carney's, on the north side of Sunset. Your sons will enjoy the train car, and you will appreciate the easy free parking. They are best known for their chili dogs, but the burgers and fries are better than average. I like them better than Astroburger or Okidog, and the clientele is more family-friendly as well.

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        1. re: nosh

          I second the rec for Carney's. It's a place our 3-year old likes, and I think their hot dogs are some of the best in town.

          Also, I can't recommend Tompkins Square enough. It was fabulous. It is very much a bar, but we were there with our son before 8, and there were other families with kids there. Best burger I've had in...I don't even know.

        2. Lucky Devil's might be a good choice as obsessed suggests.

          25 degrees

          The Counter might be fun for the kids, as they'll get to design their own burgers.


          26 Beach in Venice

          Boneyard Bistro apparently


          I know you said no chains, but Houston's does good burgers.

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          1. re: Emme

            I personally like 25 Degrees, but after dark it might be a little too "night-clubby" for your young ones.

            I definitely recommend the Counter as well (technically it's a chain, but not at all in the same way as Burger King or McD's). Also Tops in east Pasadena.

            25 Degrees Restaurant
            7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            The Original Tops
            3838 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

            2901 Ocean Park Blvd Ste 102, Santa Monica, CA 90405

          2. 26 Beach in Venice, they make their buns and they have some great burgers, try the Bombay Burger on the Brioche bun.

            1. Cisco Burgers in Long Beach, and they will cook to order their Kobe beef burgers (I get mine med-rare).

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              1. re: justagthing

                Cisco's is great for both adults and kids plus the burgers are tasty AND inexpensive (about 5 bucks).

                1. re: sel

                  They have upped their prices a bit, but I would still rather pay more for these than another fast food chain.

                  1. re: ReelMike84

                    They were voted #1 fries in Long Beach. I enjoy them quite well, although they are getting a little skimpy on their servings. I also like their onion rings.

                2. Let me throw in one that is one of my new favorite: Big Mike's in Bellflower.

                  Get the Double Big Mike. That will be gastronomical!

                  Big Mike's
                  17845 Clark Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706

                  1. Lucky Boy Burgers on Arroyo in Pasadena. Been there since hte 50's. Super yum, must stop when in town. Famous for their "Pastrami burger."

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                    1. re: FoodKitCat

                      ...and their HUGE breakfast burritos!! ;-)

                    2. A lot of people on CH hate this place, but I eat hear all the time because I live in the neigborhood.... but Toast has a good 1/2 pound grilled burger cooked to order, accompanied really fresh lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Comes with your choice of lots of different sides (the sweet potato fries are great.) Nice outdoor seating options, too.

                      Toast Bakery Cafe
                      8221 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048