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Need a New Hamburger Place

DaLo May 13, 2008 04:47 PM

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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    Obessed RE: DaLo May 13, 2008 04:50 PM

    Lucky Devils in Hollywood

    1. DiveFan RE: DaLo May 13, 2008 05:04 PM

      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!

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        nosh RE: DaLo May 13, 2008 07:35 PM

        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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          Faulkner99 RE: nosh May 16, 2008 10:57 PM

          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. Emme RE: DaLo May 13, 2008 08:24 PM

          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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            maxzook RE: Emme May 14, 2008 11:04 AM

            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

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            Burger Boy RE: DaLo May 13, 2008 10:47 PM

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

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              justagthing RE: DaLo May 14, 2008 06:51 AM

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

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                sel RE: justagthing May 14, 2008 07:19 AM

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

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                  justagthing RE: sel May 14, 2008 09:52 PM

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

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                  ReelMike84 RE: justagthing May 14, 2008 09:28 PM

                  Are the fries noteworthy?

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                    justagthing RE: ReelMike84 May 14, 2008 09:49 PM

                    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.

                3. Pepsi Monster RE: DaLo May 14, 2008 09:59 PM

                  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

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                    FoodKitCat RE: DaLo May 15, 2008 09:25 AM

                    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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                      WildSwede RE: FoodKitCat May 15, 2008 10:05 AM

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

                    2. trishyb RE: DaLo May 16, 2008 09:54 PM

                      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

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