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Jul 20, 2008 09:21 PM

Almost Jay's Jay Burgers

A friend told me about this place and I saw it on a special about the history of fast food burger stands in the San Gabriel Valley. Art's Burgers, Every Burger is a work of Art! Well I had a cheese burger and it was very good, I also ordered a chili dog, and if I closed my eye's, I was sitting on a stool at Santa Monica & Virgil with Shmitty asking me if I wanted another. This place does a very very close version of Jay's chili. Now to make the burger work you would need to order it with out the lettuce and have them put mustard on the bun and chop the onions, if you wanted raw. I will be back to enjoy this great place, to bad it is about 20 miles from my house, but that is okay for my cholesterol and waist. Check this place out, great burgers, have not had a chili burger yet, and a great chili dog with that snap!

Art's Take Out Burgers
11629 Valley Blvd, El Monte, CA 91732

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  1. Have you been to the place that took over Jay's? It's called Sean's Burgers. I've been tempted on several occasions, but haven't sprung for it yet, in part because it doesn't seem to be crowded (ever, and I drive by it almost every day around 6-7 p.m.), and because I know I can get a decent burger at Rick's or Fatburger. I know I'm a derelict hound, that I haven't tried it yet . . .

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    1. re: DanaB

      I have been and it was ok, nothing amazing and they put ketchup on the chili burger. Art's chili is very very close to Jay's, same thickness and concistency, just a bit more spices, not sure, but very very good. I am content with it being my go to chili burger place, to bad it is so far, oh well, time to buy a Prius.

      1. re: Burger Boy

        Jay used a good-quality commercial chili and really didn't doctor it. I loved the place, but Jay's genius was in combining the crispness of a veg-intensive California burger with the flavors of a chiliburger.

        1. re: condiment

          What are you talking about, I watched Smitty and Robert make the chili, it was very doctored, if that had not noticed me watching so closely, I might be able to make my own! Veg intensice, tomato, onion, mustard and pickles, how is that veg intensive. Are we talking about the same Jay's, Santa Monica & Virgil?

          1. re: Burger Boy

            Curious about the Jay's/Sean's situation. The story was that Jay's had to leave because they were going to develop that corner, but it's still a burger stand. Can someone have been misleading the public?

            1. re: Akitist

              if you do a searc, either here or google, you can get all the info. Bottom line was the people who own 7-11 also own that property, they wanted to raise the rent from 2000 to 5000 or something like that. Jay shut down, someoneone bought it and ran it as Jay's with the recipes and then Jay bought back and then they raised rent again and Jay shut it down for good. To bad, but check out Art's it is as close as you will get to a Jay Burger, I wonder if they would do a double Jay all the way with an egg, I need to ask.

            2. re: Burger Boy

              The same. I meant lettuce, tomato, onion - the texture school, as opposed to the Tommy's aesthetic of softness.

              I never saw it being cooked up, but Jay used to boast that he bought the very best available, before going into reveries about Chasen's chili...I miss that place.

              1. re: condiment

                Tommy's & Jays were built with the same ingredients. I remember when Jay's bun supplier went out of business, he was not happy. We all miss Jay's, the great burgers and the great crew that ran the place. Heck, Smitty knew when I had gotten lucky with a girl, cause I would bring them buy for burger in the middle of the night.

          2. re: Burger Boy

            I've been as well and it's no better than a customizable In-N-Out with mayo/ketchup. I asked if they made their own chili, the "manager" gave me the blankest stare ever.

            For a chili burger, I'd much rather go to Yanakis a few miles away. The wholly-Greek owned stand still churns out their own chili daily (as well as "Thousand Island" sauce.

            1. re: TonyC

              I always get the cheese burger at Yanakis, but i will try the chili burger. I must say, the chili at Art's is so so close to Jay's and I know the make it or at least doctor it up, because I saw them doing it. Eat more chili burgers and prosper!

              1. re: Burger Boy

                where's yananki's? sounds great, i think the times did a review of it a few years back.

                1. re: kevin

                  It is a few blocks east of the 605 on Valley Blvd. south side of street.

                  Yanakis Burgers
                  13200 Valley Blvd, La Puente, CA 91746

        2. hmm, interesting, I was a big fan of jay's so I'm interested in trying this. Any chance they add an egg or bacon on it too?

          I remember reading somewhere that owner of Jay's (or relative) is running a Jayburger somewhere in San Diego.

          For now I've had to make do with an In and Out burger with Tommy's chili on it. :P

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          1. re: LakerFan

            I was thinking about that this morning, need to ask. Jay had a place in San Diego and it did okay, I think it was open for 2-3 years, he is getting up in age, his daughter ran the one up here. I hope Jay is till doing well and playing 18 holes 3 or 4 times a week. He is a great person, 3 cheers for Jay! Hip Hip Horay! Hip Hip Horay, Hip Hip Horay!!!

          2. WOW, it's been a LONG time since I posted about this place on one of the MANY best burger post. But I'm glad some one happened upon it.

            Art is owned and operated by a guy named Art. Yes he makes his chili but don't know if he'll put an egg in the burger. They do have a breakfast menu so I don't see any reason why he wouldn't.

            Maybe you guys should ask him if he will make a JAY's version for you guys who make the travel. Maybe keep it on a secret menu like In N out.

            I ONLY eat the chili Cheese burger . . . it's good. And every once in awhile I'll get the chili cheese dog with plenty of ONIONS. He slices them slender and long so every bite is just FULL of taste.

            I just can't believe all these years I've been blessed to know Art's . . . I've been going to this place since the 80's (different name back then) and it's ALWAYS been as good or better than In N out. The chili, dogs and Onion Rings give it the leg up over In N Out, any day.

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            1. re: nrique

              Arts Burgers is really good the owner Art is a really great guy hes been working their since 1970 and finally bought it in 1999 it took him 29 years but well worth it. They seem to have the best of everything best burgers, hotdogs, pastrami and the breakfast is delicious. I guess after 29 years you probally learn a thing or 2 about what taste good. I've had an egg on my burger but they say they will only put an egg before 11am because after that breakfast is over however they will but Bacon on at anytime. If you havent been you should definetly go. 99 cent burgers on wensday and sunday.