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High end Hamburgers???

After having exceptional steak the other night, I had a curious thought. Are there any places around LA that serve really high-end hamburgers? It may seem strange, but if there are, I'd be curious to see how a $40 burger tastes...

I doubt there's anything like that, but if someone knows of something it would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I noticed you just posted about Cut. Funny thing is I was just at the Beverly Wilshire checking out the menu at The Blvd. restaurant. I haven't tried it but they have a hamburger that sounds very high-end. Here is the description: the Blvd Burger, made with prime sirloin, foie gras mousse and sautéed wild mushrooms.

    1. At Mother's Day Brunch at the W Hotel in Westwood last weekend, burger was on the menu as part of the 45 buck brunch... and they charged extra for the grilled onions!


      Ruth's Chris has one on the lunch menu.

      Spago has one for twenty something dollars.

      Pacific Dining Car's is no doubt pricey.

      If you want to go somewhere with a mistress, The Brentwood has one.

      1. Here's the description of the $28 burger at Josie: Buffalo Burger and Truffle Fries --ground sirloin of buffalo stuffed with Gruyère, topped with foie gras, and served on a brioche bun. I also love the one on the lunch menu at Morton's but it's not all that pricey.

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        1. re: mollyomormon

          Two really great burgers! The latter a very traditional steakhouse burger (thick and juicy) for about $13, the former a terrific indulgence for twice the price--so good that, when Josie took it off the menu a couple of years ago, overwhelming customer pleas persuaded her to bring it back. For a non-meat variation, I understand that Citrus at Social in Hollywood has a $38 lobster burger but I have not tried it.

          1. re: New Trial

            Alas, Morton's has raised its prices. The burger is now $14 (and still a steal, imho.)

          2. re: mollyomormon

            The Josie burger is pretty good, but people should know that it's on the dryer side because it's buffalo. If you like juicy burgers with lots of juices, then this might not be your thing.

            IMO, there are better options on the Josie menu. The venison, for example, is a really wonderful dish and not terribly common in LA.

            1. re: glutton

              Perhaps because of the gruyere stuffing or the foie gras topping, but I have never found the buffalo burger to be too dry. Love the venison there, too, and (when they have it) the boar.

          3. Riordan's Tavern (next to The Pantry downtown)
            875 S Figueroa St
            Los Angeles, CA 90017

            1. Grace has a burger night. Mmm... truffle burgers...

                1. I loooo~~~ve the truffle burgers at Grace, which is *only* 23$ I think :P
                  And their milkshakes ... yummmm...
                  here's a link to my review (or if u just wanna see pictures ;> ) : http://gourmetpigs.blogspot.com/2008/...

                  I think the burger nights are Sundays

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                  1. re: burumun

                    And a lot of folks have the gall to squirm about burger prices at FO... ;)

                  2. fathers office burgers are still a rip off. try lucky devils kobe burger in hollywood for more bang for the buck.

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                    1. re: feedthebelly

                      I have Lucky Devils on my to-do milkshake list. How much are those burgers?

                      1. re: JeetJet

                        About 3 1/2 times the price of the Kobe Burger that I have had at Tops 4 times since you posted about it. I've had 2 different burgers at Lucky Devils, both really tasty but a bit expensive for my regular burger rotation! Had the Pecan Milkshake once, good but I prefer a good beer with the burgers.

                        1. re: sel

                          Thanks sel. I have had more than 20 of those Tops Kobe Bistro Burgers. IMO it is a high class burger for a real price. The only thing that could improve it is a big ice cold glass of beer which Tops does not have.

                          My fav burger and beer place was the Boat. I noticed that the ground work appears to have begun on the new / remodel of the Boat over on Rosemead Blvd. You can still get that chili burger for lunch M-F at the Northwoods but the ambiance of the Boat was better for a burger & beer combo. From the art work at the Northwoods the new Boat will be ever better.

                          Tops (½ lb. American Kobe Beef Burger, Smoked Mozzarella Cheese, Caramelized onions, Tomato and Greens, and Herb Mayonnaise on a Ciabatta roll for $6.45. Add deep fried zucchini).
                          3838 E Colorado Blvd (This location only – Between Rosemead Blvd. And Michillinda)
                          Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
                          (626) 449-4412

                          My Burger post

                          The Galley (The Boat) (Chili-Cheese Burger for $4.50, large schooners of beer and the game will be on the giant TV)
                          8976 Huntington Dr. (Served for lunch M-F at the North Woods Inn during construction)
                          San Gabriel, CA
                          (626) 286-1484

                          1. re: JeetJet

                            lucky devlils kobe burger is about 16 bucks or so. heard they are smaller in burger size of recent.

                            1. re: feedthebelly

                              Top's Kobe is a complete RIP even compared to the pricey whatnot offered by Lucky's. Overcooked patty with zilch flavor, lousy tasteless bun, gross greens. I'd rather be force fed Carl's Jrs. Top's makes 25 Degrees taste affordable.

                              In case Grace's burger isn't pricey enough for you, NYC / Wall Street has a joint with a $175 burger:

                              1. re: TonyC

                                So Wrong! You need to ASK for what you want. Tops will make it the way you want and if it is still wrong they will fall over themselves to make even you happy. You complained also about the pie crust at Bake N Broil (IMO, best in L.A ) after ordering a slice of pie which nobody recommended, apple, and THEN you cited two pages of positive reviews to prove your point? Go back to B&B also, have a burger, and a slice of Lemon Lush or Banana Cream.

                                I could go on....

                    2. For the Valley readers, the wagyu/kobe version at the Boneyard Bistro on Ventura just east of Woodman(2 blks) is really good, and even better with the $12 foie gras addition.
                      They serve several versions, described here: http://www.boneyardbistro.com/

                      Could easily imagine a heart attack after one of those!
                      but oh so good.