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Oct 5, 2008 10:34 AM

New Hole in the Wall Burger, W.L.A.

OK, got a flyer insert in today's Sunday L.A. Times advertising a new westside burger joint, called Hole in the Wall. Located at 11058 Santa Monica Blvd. at Bentley, it included coupons for either free fries or a can of soda with a burger. The concept appears similar to The Counter, with half-pound burgers of either beef, turkey or veggie sold for $7.95 including choice of bun, cheese, and basic toppings, with premium add-ons like bacon, mushrooms, or avocado available for an additional buck.

Anybody tried the place yet? Unfortunately for their advertising dollar, they are closed on Sundays. They claim their chef has won accolades for best chef and best cupcake in L.A., and promise homemade spreads, ketchup and pickles. I'm looking forward to giving the place a try later this week, but if anyone has beaten me to it, please share any first impressions.

FYI -- By far my favorite burger is nearby at Philly West, the divy bar on the east side of Westwood just south of Santa Monica Blvd. Their half-pound flame-grilled burger is a juicy treat, served on a toasted Philly cheesesteak roll with all the condiments. I also have had some fine big double-cheeseburgers at The Shack, though once the bun was untoasted and way too soft and another time the burger patties appeared to be precooked. Unfortunately not a big fan of The Counter in Santa Monica -- too much of a hassle and they can't cook a charred juicy medium-rare burger to save their life. Enjoy Island's a lot more.

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  1. Well this sounds promising! Hopefully you'll let us know how it is.
    I finally did take your advice and tried Philly West a couple of times 7 or 8 months ago and it was quite good. I wish that I could remember their selection of tap beers. I haven't been to The Shack in about 7 or 8 years so I suppose that I should check them out again, I remember enjoying their burger but can't remember the specifics.
    It is so hard to find places in the greater L.A. area that know how to cook a burger as ordered by the customer and do it right. You don't need a culinary school certificate to find the hot part of the grill, griddle or broiler to sear the outside properly and then continue on to the desired internal temp! But so many places just don't seem to get it!

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    1. re: sel

      Try 26 Beach in Venice, they know how to cook a burger and they make their own buns.

      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

      1. re: Burger Boy

        I went to the old location close to the beach long before I discovered ChowHound and have taken your suggestion and been to the new location a few times. Although I liked the more 'open' and casual ambiance of the now closed old location, I do like the burgers at the current place. I haven't been for a few months because I've been trying to find new places but most just don't do it for me.
        The only places that I've enjoyed lately are both locations of Father's Office, Boneyard Bistro (great quality but most expensive burgers that I've had locally), Lucky Devil's, O! Burger, Blue Palms Brew House and Beachwood BarBQ (smoked short rib ground with fresh sirloin). With the exception of O! Burger, all of the places that I listed have a selection of Craft Brews that pair well with a quality burger!

        Father's Office
        1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

        Beachwood BBQ
        131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

        Lucky Devils
        6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        Boneyard Bistro
        13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

        Father's Office
        3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

        O! burger
        8593 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

        Blue Palms Brew House
        6124 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        1. re: sel

          Smoked short rib sounds AWESOME! They need to open a branch up her at the intersection of Hollywood & Vermont.

    2. I want to know how they can be "behind" Winchell's Donuts (according to the flyer)? Winchell's is the mini mall with Koo Koo Roo and the NY Pizza place and Yoshinoa Beef Bowl, but I didn't know there were any commercial spaces behind that mall.

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      1. re: Servorg

        I haven't scoped it out yet, Servorg, and I was sorta wondering the same thing. Is it simply just east of that side of that strip mall? Is it sort of behind on the side street like Siam Chan is behind the 20/20 Video off Santa Monica Blvd. at Colby? Maybe it is literally behind the Winchell's -- you use the back door and they set up a bench at their rear entrance?!? Parking in that strip mall is a bear not just during the lunch rush but at other hours as well, so that could be their downfall. They do advertise a "call ahead" and we'll have it ready in ten minutes option -- wonder if that includes drive-by service a la Langer's?

        1. re: Servorg

          I have been by but not yet been inside to try it. It is not really all that new; it was open when I went to the Zankou around the other side several months back. You enter the place on Bentley, just around the corner from the front of the mini-mall, where it is set back from the street with a small patio in front. The front is made to look like a tin shack.

          1. re: New Trial

            Thanks. I really couldn't / can't recall seeing a store front on Bentley, but then again I am usually heading down the street - destination Olympic, and not really looking behind the Winchell's mall as I go by.

          2. re: Servorg

            sounds like the same folks behind dainties cupcake....and sounds like they are in the same location. kinda makes sense considering the flyer spoke of accolades won for cupcakes.

            haha, nm, i am just echoing everyone else. doh.

          3. sounds like the old dainties cupcake place, which did have great cupcakes. Dainties quit the retail business to focus on catering. If this is them, it sounds promising. And they are indeed behind the winchell's.

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            1. re: Ogawak

              Indeed, it is the former Dainties space. I found this out 4 or 5 months ago when I went there seeking a cupcake and was surprised by the burger joint instead.

            2. I haven't tried it but my daughter who is attending UCLA has gone there many times - she told me about it several months ago and said it is really, really good. On par with the Counter.

              1. what i want to know is if they sell cupcakes or not. dainties was definitely my favorite cupcakery in los angeles (and i am a well traveled cupcaker). if they do, that would slay the new counter location in my neighborhood. otherwise, it is with a heavy heart that i would stay with the counter, minus cupcakes.

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                1. re: alkylyou

                  That's what happened ! i went by there looking for cupcakes and i see this lil burger place ! i drove around twice just to make sure i was at the correct location. decided not to park to go in and see if they also had cupcakes. look forward to a few reviews

                  1. re: alkylyou

                    Anything would slay The Counter, I like a Fat Burger or a Fresh & Meaty a million times better

                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      i don't know. the last time i hit the counter, i got a perfectly cooked medium rare burger. i've never been to a fresh&meaty, but i know that fatburger could NEVER hit the high notes my herb goat cheese/cranberry/carmamelized onion marmalade buger does.

                      1. re: alkylyou

                        I respect your experience, but 5 times and the counter only got it almost right 1 time, well it was right they lost my ticket so it took almost almost an hour in a half full restaurant for a cheese burger, fries and a soda.