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Sit-down burgers in the Valley

October Jan 5, 2009 02:52 PM

Hello--We have some guests from abroad, and I'd like to take them out for burgers. My ideal would be The Counter, but we're in Sherman Oaks and would like to stay fairly close by. Is there a nice sit-down place around here that has great burgers? Or should I not be ashamed to bring them to In n Out?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: October Jan 5, 2009 03:00 PM

    if you're willing to at least hop over the hill to Hollywood, you could take them to Lucky Devils or 25 Degrees at the Roosevelt.

    1. Servorg RE: October Jan 5, 2009 03:06 PM

      For casual you might give Mel's a try.


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        Servorg RE: Servorg Jan 5, 2009 03:53 PM

        A couple of other thoughts. If you aren't turned off by the "chain" word you might give Islands a try just west a mile or so of Sherman Oaks on Ventura Blvd. in Encino. There have been a few good reports on the board about the burgers at Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill - in Sherman Oaks.

        Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill
        4454 Van Nuys Blvd N, Sherman Oaks, CA

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          Hughlipton RE: Servorg Jan 6, 2009 06:51 AM

          Pineapple Hill serves a really great burger at a price that will not require yo to take a bank loan. Beer or booze is the drink of choice because their wine is jug quality if that good. Fries are excellent. If money is no problem I most likely would go to Max's for his Angus burger. In between the two would be Stanley's in Sherman Oaks.

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        silence9 RE: October Jan 5, 2009 03:19 PM

        Boneyard Bistro (on Ventura Blvd) has a few high-end kobe-beef burger variations on their menu. Just about everyone but yours truly seems thrilled about 'em. I think this is your best bet at present (now that Gorikee has closed)...

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          a213b RE: silence9 Jan 5, 2009 04:33 PM

          I second Boneyard.

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            kevin RE: a213b Jan 6, 2009 10:03 AM

            ah, and gorikee was dirt cheap too, 7.90 for a wimpy burger that was actually quite large.

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          selfportrait93 RE: October Jan 5, 2009 03:33 PM

          I bring all my out of town/ out of the country guests to In n Out at least once while in L A. since it is unique to the West Coast. ( Van Nuys has sit down area) All of them have liked it so far.
          The "secret menu" is also an interesting topic of conversation while there.

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            brandygirl RE: selfportrait93 Jan 6, 2009 12:33 PM

            Okay, what is the "secret menu" at In & Out?

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              Peripatetic RE: brandygirl Jan 6, 2009 08:10 PM

              Abridged official version:


              Long enthusiast version (warning -- has over 700 comments):


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                brandygirl RE: Peripatetic Jan 15, 2009 05:50 PM

                Thank you!

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            laeditormatthew RE: October Jan 5, 2009 03:38 PM

            hamburger hamlet?

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              Citron58 RE: October Jan 5, 2009 03:49 PM

              I've said this before, but the sliders at Larsen's in Encino are fantastic and extremely well-priced. You might have to sit in the bar, but it's a fairly big area.

              1. rednyellow RE: October Jan 5, 2009 06:36 PM

                I don't know if it is a lunch only item, but Mistral in Sherman Oaks has a fantastic burger. Their fries are great too. It is a very nice, lovely restaurant as well, not at all a burger joint.

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                  October RE: October Jan 5, 2009 07:45 PM

                  Thanks, all. I think Boneyard, Hamlet, Larsens and Mistral--as different as they are--may be on the right track!

                  1. ReelMike84 RE: October Jan 6, 2009 08:04 AM

                    I've heard good things about the lunch burger at the recently re-opened MAX. Not only that, but they'd have a great menu of other options to choose from.

                    Meanwhile I've personally had a good burger at Kate Mantilini's in Woodland Hills, and If you aren't "chainphobic," I've had a pretty decent hickory and frisco burger at the Claim Jumper's in Northridge.

                    It's too bad Gorikee in Woodland Hills shuttered late last year, otherwise I'd send you there.

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                      brandygirl RE: ReelMike84 Jan 6, 2009 12:06 PM

                      Regarding chains in Northridge, I love Wood Ranch's burgers.

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                        ReelMike84 RE: brandygirl Jan 6, 2009 12:28 PM

                        I forgot about that one! I can second this.

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                          brandygirl RE: ReelMike84 Jan 6, 2009 12:37 PM

                          The best burger, however, was at Houston's in Woodland Hills (I rarely am in Century City or Santa Monica, where the other locations are). I haven't been to Kate Mantilini since they took over, but I'll give it a try.

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                      luckyinla RE: October Jan 16, 2009 01:06 PM

                      My husband's favorite burger in L.A. is at La Frite, which just happens to be in Sherman Oaks. They use really good chopped steak, grilled to perfection, and their fries are fantastic.

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                        Jwsel RE: luckyinla Jan 16, 2009 02:24 PM

                        I love La Frite's chopped steaks, but they are not exactly "burgers" in the sense that they are served open faced (do they even come with a top bun?). However, luckyinla is right that they use very good meat, are cooked well, and the fries are great. My favorite is the "Provencale," which is covered with sauteed garlic and tomatoes. My mom loves the "La Frite," which is topped with spinach, bacon, and mushrooms. They also make a very good turkey burger.

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