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Mar 5, 2009 04:38 PM

Burger at O'Hara's in Westwood>>> Philly West's

if anyone gets a hankerin' for a burger in the Westwood area.


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  1. The O'Hara's burger is fine--no better--and the bar is abysmal. Unless you wear backwards baseball caps and 2 polo shirts at once, with both collars popped. Then feel free to enjoy.

    1. I'm confused -- has Philly West added a name to their burger? Is O'Hara's a famous place that somehow I've never heard of? Is it still a flame-grilled oblong patty on a cheesesteak roll with cheese, grilled onions, and all the condiments? Still around $6.50?

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      1. re: nosh

        I believe the OP was saying that the burger at O'Hara's (awful, cheesy bar in Westwood Village) is better than the one at Philly West. I've never been to the latter, but O'Hara's is terrible in every possible way.

        1. re: conor610

          Where the heck is O'Hara's? Is is possibly the newest incarnation of O'Malley's, which used to be Madison's, which was a bunch of places before that, and two decades ago was a decent pizza place? Or is it somewhere else?

          1. re: nosh

            O'hara's is what used to be Maloney's, on the corner of Gayley and Weyburn. Haven't been there (when it was Maloney's) since I was in school at UCLA. The food was pretty terrible then, and I doubt it's gotten much better.

            1. re: I got nothin

              The demise of good bars in Westwood Village is sad. I can understand some of the reasons -- the emergence of the Promenade in Santa Monica and then the rebirth of the Hollywood scene, also the stricter enforcement of the age requirement. But think of it -- there used to be Stratton's, Yesterday's, Baxter's, and Alice's, Cafe Cafe, Hamburger Hamlet, and the steak place on top of the office building all did substantial bar business. And I'm sure I'm omitting a few. It is absolutely ridiculous and shortsighted that with all of the shuttered storefronts in Westwood, in twenty years they have built just one small public parking facility. With the closing of the Long's and the Expo, both the top and bottom parking levels of that former Bullock's complex could open up some serious much-needed parking, but I'm not holding my breath.

              1. re: nosh

                Monty's was the name of the steakhouse on top of the office building. I had the strongest Long Island Iced Tea of my life there; this was during my freshman year in college when the only mixed drinks I knew were a Long Island, 7&7, or a Sex on the Beach.

      2. Funny. I just had my first Philly West burger yesterday. I'm not going to compare it to Father's Office burger because they just aren't even trying to be the same thing, but it was pretty damn good and at around $5, it was a great value. The fries are really good, too.

        I'd pay you $5 for the priviledge of not having to go to any of the bars in Westwood north of Wilshire.

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        1. re: Frommtron

          Glad you liked your Philly West burger -- I don't think it can be beat at the price, at least not on the westside. Did you get yours at lunch or at night? (I prefer when they are cooked by the salt-n-pepper haired guy, better than the younger night grillman who tends to load on too much mayo.) I'm not a huge fan of their fries, but like most they benefit from being ordered extra-done. And I'd be happy to accept your $5 -- contact me at my email.