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Best Veggie Burger you've had?

mawf1977 Mar 30, 2009 11:30 AM

When I think of veggie burgers, I think of that woody patty you get in the frozen food section. I know there's something better out there in tasty LA. What are your suggestions?

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    bruinike RE: mawf1977 Mar 30, 2009 11:51 AM

    I love the veggie burgers at these places - r+d kitchen, the park, houstons, alcove, good earth, lucky devils

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      scurvy RE: bruinike Mar 31, 2009 12:43 PM

      I second Lucky Devils - I am not a vegetarian and I crave these freshly-made beety wonders. Millies in Silverlake used to have a great one too.

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        schrutefarms RE: scurvy Apr 11, 2009 11:15 AM

        So I just had the one at Lucky Devils--and while the taste, bun and onions were great, I'm not sure about all the nuts. Too many.

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      assassin RE: mawf1977 Mar 30, 2009 12:06 PM

      M Cafe De Chaya (2 locations) has a really good one called The Big Macro.

      M Cafe de Chaya
      9433 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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        Burger Boy RE: mawf1977 Mar 30, 2009 12:25 PM

        26 Beach makes an awesome patty, they make it there.

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          sweetTooth RE: mawf1977 Mar 30, 2009 12:28 PM

          Counter's veggie burger is pretty good. Tasty and not dry or overly chewey. Their huge selection of condiments are a bonus. But the patty is good enough to not need any embellishment.

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            LindaCurr RE: sweetTooth Apr 30, 2009 02:42 PM

            I second the Counter, been a veggie for 17+ years and it's my top 5 of all time! FYI the Counter is in Santa Monica near the airport and I think they're openning one in Studio City. Also the Habit does a pretty good one too and they're easier to find.

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            hdalsy RE: mawf1977 Mar 30, 2009 01:20 PM

            surprisingly the one at O Burger (in west hollywood) is actually really delicious. and their fries aren't bad either!

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              PandanExpress RE: hdalsy Mar 31, 2009 12:34 PM

              I'm an omnivore but I've had the veggie burger at O Burger and it is really good. Definitely not a "meaty" patty though. O Burger's burger and fries remind me of a good version of what you'd get from a school cafeteria.

            2. wienermobile RE: mawf1977 Mar 30, 2009 02:22 PM

              The Spot in Hermosa Beach has some really good ones.

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                tofuburrito RE: wienermobile Mar 30, 2009 02:46 PM

                The Habit's veggie burger is pretty good.

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                  Rizza RE: wienermobile Mar 30, 2009 05:21 PM

                  I always reccomend the Spot as well. I go there about 1x per week. But the last couple of times, my burger has been dry. I hope it's just a short phase. The Green Temple in Redondo uses the same recipe for their veggie burgers, and has great atmosphere. But the Spot is more reasonably priced, and has wine and beer - bonus!

                  At first I was not a fan of the veggie burgers at Houston's, but they have grown on me and I find myself craving them now and again. I love their spaghetti squash side dish when it is available.

                  And yes, the Habit does make a very good one. But I prefer it made the same way as their regular burger. I don't like the bun or the addition of cucumbers of their off the menu veggie burger. Get it with mushrooms and swiss - so good!

                2. Emme RE: mawf1977 Mar 30, 2009 11:14 PM

                  Babalu on Montana - made in house with whole garbanzos

                  Astro Burger surprisingly enough.

                  Newsroom Cafe.

                  The Counter does a veggie burger that isn't attempting to be imitation meat - some like it, some don't.

                  Hugo's has a black bean quinoa burger

                  Swinger's - made in-house and open til the wee hours of the morn

                  Barney's Beanery does a black bean burger.


                  At vegan places, both Real Food Daily and Native Foods have good ones.


                  If you like Boca Burgers, that's what Johnny Rockets uses.

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                    ahuacatl RE: Emme Mar 31, 2009 12:33 AM

                    In LA I'm a fan of Native Foods, but the thing I really like is the falafel burger at the Roxy in Encinitas. O! Burger is good, mostly because I like the pickles, cabbage mix & chipotle sauce that they put on it.

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                    PandanExpress RE: mawf1977 Mar 31, 2009 12:38 PM

                    I'm surprised no one mentioned Akasha's veggie burger. The BF, who eats vegan when he eats out, really likes it . Unlike a lot of other veggie burgers this one stays together well and has a good flavor. I believe it's made with lentils and some other beans?

                    They also have great fries and vegan onion rings that are battered differently than the conventional onion ring.

                    9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                    1. kat_dew RE: mawf1977 Mar 31, 2009 03:23 PM

                      The veggie grill in Manhattan Beach - The Counter is next door as well. They have great sweet potato fries. The original location is in Irvine

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                        jencounter RE: mawf1977 Apr 1, 2009 10:13 AM

                        I'm told by a friend who knows every veggie burger everywhere that Houston's makes one of the best.

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                          joshekg RE: jencounter Apr 1, 2009 01:32 PM

                          The Houston's veggie burger (as well as their regular burger) is great. I also really like the veggie burger at The Counter (prefer it to their regular one), it's great with tillamook cheddar, buttermilk ranch and bacon.

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                            westsidegal RE: joshekg Apr 11, 2009 01:56 PM

                            the Counter's veggie burger is also great with blue cheese, roasted red peppers, lettuce and a touch of their apricot sauce.

                            basically the blue cheese served at the counter is high enough quality that they could serve it on rubber bands and i'd probably still like it. . . . .

                            be sure to order a shake with the burger.

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                              WildSwede RE: westsidegal Mar 14, 2011 05:16 PM

                              I LOVE The Counter's Veggie Burger. I am a die-hard meat girl and have never ordered anything other than the beef burger there (so great). Two of the waitresses I have had have mentioned how good the veggie burger is. So the last time I went (a couple of weeks ago) I ordered it. That thing is amazing! You can see the veggies in it. The waitress said they also add cranberries, but it is not sweet at all. I actually ended up peeling away all the toppings and the english muffin and just eating the patty by itself. It is that good! Amazing! And I am not a big fan of veggie burgers, although Costco had/has one that is really quite good. Now I am craving one of The Counters Veggie patties. I was thinking of ordering it as the salad option so I can just eat the patty. Wonder if they do a double! If I am dreaming and scheming for the next time, it HAS to be good!!

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                          schrutefarms RE: mawf1977 Apr 1, 2009 02:51 PM

                          The best veggie burger I've ever had is actually at a place I hate-Dusty's in Silverlake. I think they coat it in seasoned bread crumbs. Also their fries are amazing. This is from quite a few years ago, have no idea if it's still good, or even still on the menu...and I'm not really planning to find out. Astro-Burger is pretty good, just know it's a regular Gardenburger patty. I get the veggie delux-no cheese, extra thousand island. (The delux part is avacado). I also cut it in half, as it's really messy with all the shredded lettuce.

                          1. westsidegal RE: mawf1977 Apr 1, 2009 06:20 PM

                            i will happily second all the folks that have recommended these:

                            26 beach
                            the counter

                            be aware that the burger served at The Spot contains walnuts (for those that have nut allergies.)

                            the veggie burger that i would avoid is the one served at the cheesecake factory. (goopy/greasy/falling apart)

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                              Burger Boy RE: westsidegal Apr 1, 2009 09:31 PM

                              I am pretty sure 26 Beach has nuts also, FYI, do not want anyone getting sick.

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                                westsidegal RE: Burger Boy Apr 1, 2009 10:29 PM

                                You're right, it too contains walnuts.

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                                  Burger Boy RE: westsidegal Apr 1, 2009 10:49 PM

                                  I feel sorry for people with nut allergies, I love nuts, I do not know what I would do. Did you like the veggie patty?

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                                    westsidegal RE: Burger Boy Apr 1, 2009 11:47 PM

                                    i used to like it VERY MUCH before my walnut allergy got this bad.
                                    fortunately i can still eat all other types of nuts including peanuts (which are really legumes, not nuts at all).

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                              mawf1977 RE: mawf1977 Apr 9, 2009 10:02 PM

                              Thanks everyone!!! You guys rock! So far I've tried the Alcove - good but a little mushy. And the one at Oinkster - satisfying, but nothing to write home about. I'll keep tasting!

                              1. ElsieDee RE: mawf1977 Apr 9, 2009 11:22 PM

                                My S.O. really liked the veggie burger at Gus' BBQ on Fair Oaks Ave. in South Pasadena; it's not the one currently on the menu (a mushroom burger, I believe), but rather one made with black beans and beets and .... ?

                                Anyway, he's dragged me back twice in the past week and a half so he could order the darned thing :)

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                                  lolabelow RE: mawf1977 Apr 10, 2009 01:48 PM

                                  I love the veggie burger at Lucky Devil but my all time favorite is at Blue Star Cafe - 15th and Alameda - downtown.

                                  In fact, their entire menu is pretty darn good.


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                                    NatKal RE: mawf1977 Apr 10, 2009 06:34 PM

                                    I eat a lot of veggie burgers and I have to say, the very very best I have ever had (and there's some great ones out there) is at a small breakfast & lunch place called Maxwells on Washington and Walgrove just outside of Marina Del Rey. They make the patties fresh daily themselves and it is the stuff dreams are made of. I seriously think about that veggie burger for days.

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                                      bruinike RE: NatKal Apr 10, 2009 06:58 PM

                                      Do you know what they make the veggie burger with? Rice, oats, beans, nuts, veggies? You got me excited!

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                                        NatKal RE: bruinike Apr 11, 2009 10:44 AM

                                        It's made with all veggies- eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and carrots! It will change your life. :)

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                                          RoachCoach RE: NatKal May 4, 2009 11:53 AM

                                          That sounds great...sounds like the veggie burger at the old Meatty Meat Burgers(RIP) that we miss and mourn still.

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                                      cakers RE: mawf1977 Apr 11, 2009 10:04 AM

                                      Houston's is the best!
                                      Local has a nice enough quinoa burger, though it kind of falls apart.
                                      Haven't had Astro Burger in years, but remember being satisfied with theirs even though it's just a Gardenburger patty.
                                      I've heard Flore Cafe (formerly the Vegan Spot) has good ones (four different kinds!), I've yet to try them though. I'm sure they are good though since I've had many of the other menu offerings there and at Flore, the full service restaurant with a slightly different menu up the street.

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                                        LAmonkeygirl RE: mawf1977 Apr 11, 2009 01:46 PM

                                        I've tried many veggie burgers, and I really like the one served at the Colony Cafe on Pico, a few blocks west of the Westside Pavillion. It's house-made and tastes very similar to a large falafel, served with a tangy barbecue-type sauce and an aioli. Try it.

                                        I also liked the veggie burger at The Stand. Tried the one at the Hole In the Wall and was slightly underwhelmed, but their regular burgers (even turkey burgers) are great. They're just around the corner from Santa Monica Blvd. and Sepulveda, actually located on Bentley Ave. Found them by taking up jogging. Irony, I know.

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                                          deanalt RE: LAmonkeygirl Apr 29, 2009 09:24 PM

                                          This is second hand, since I am no veggie person, but my daughter is and her new find is the veggie burger at LA Food Show, which is a CPK spinoff. Right now, there is one in Manhattan Beach and one in Beverly Hills but, if it's like CPK, there will be more coming soon! I know she likes the one at Houston's, in case that helps establish her credibility.

                                          Off the veggie burger topic slightly, she also loves Veggie Grill and I keep telling her about a place called The Spot in Hermosa having been around forever, but she keeps going back to Veggie Grill. Can anyone compare the two places for her? They're both vegan, right?

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                                            westsidegal RE: deanalt Apr 30, 2009 12:01 AM

                                            the spot is not entirely vegan in that they will serve you real cheese if you wish it. they also are happy to substitute soy cheese for their vegan patrons.
                                            the spot serves food in the style of the 60's hippies (brown rice, big portions, whole grains, etc).
                                            imho the best items at the spot are the ones that have been inspired by mexican cuisine (i.e. their burritos, etc) their salsas, both green and red, are very good. i would recommend AGAINST ordering asian-inspired items (i.e. anything with teriyaki sauce).

                                            veggie grill relies on phoney meat products a lot. much smaller portions. people have raved about their sweet potato fries.

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                                              Rizza RE: deanalt May 11, 2009 08:32 PM

                                              I eat at both all the time. The menus are definately different. Like westsidegal says, Veggie Grill is a lot of non-meat trying to be real meat. It's actually quite good. The tempeh burger is great ("Bali-Bliss"). And I have come to really like the "pulled-bbq" type sandwich. The two things that realy keep me going back are the side dish of steamin' kale, and the peach iced tea. I loooove the iced tea. Not a fan of the veggie burger at all though. i like a veggie burger that is grains and nuts and rice and veggies - not trying to be fake meat, just trying to be a veggie burger.

                                              So the Spot - I love it. And I am not a vegeterian. The veggie burger rocks, and I get added to almost all of the dishes . For example - junior size tostada with crumbled veggie burger on top, herb vinegarteet (which I especially love), and the spicy green salsa on the side (which you have to know about and request - it's not on the menu). Tacos with veggie burger filling are really good too - I can even get my "must eat meat at every meal" husband to go there for them. And very popular are the bowls with rice/beans/ veggies (steamed greens are again my fav.) and tofu sauce on top more hot salsa on the side please). She should definately give it a try there, although I've sent veggie friends who were not as impressed. But it's kind of a fun, quirky part of Hermosa beach culture. And they have beer!

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                                                exilekiss RE: Rizza May 12, 2009 07:59 AM

                                                Hi Rizza,

                                                Thanks for the info on The Spot; I'll have to try this next time I'm in the area. :)

                                                Re: Veggie Grill - I love their Sweet Potato Fries (and their Steamin' Kale :).

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                                                  westsidegal RE: exilekiss May 16, 2009 11:44 PM

                                                  i, too, love their kale.

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                                            Charles Pepper RE: mawf1977 Apr 30, 2009 12:26 AM

                                            The very best veggie burger I ever had is at Vegan Glory. You must order it with avocado and (vegan) cheese. It's soooo good.

                                            Vegan Glory
                                            8393 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                                              flashpacker RE: Charles Pepper Feb 2, 2011 03:21 AM

                                              I second this! I get it with vegan cheese and extra veganaise.

                                            2. PinotPlease RE: mawf1977 Apr 30, 2009 01:33 PM

                                              My favorite is the one at M Cafe known as The Big Macro. Well intergated flavors, served with one of their yummy side salads but don't skip the shoestring fries (A small is enough for 2 to share.) My SO loves the one at Pete's downtown... it's not exactly "healthy" but it sure is good, they also have decent fries and a great room. Finally had the Houston's one a couple days ago, it was delicious but be forewarned, from what I could tell they put sweet BBQ sauce on the patty before putting it on the grill, while this gives it the added "char" flavor as the sugars caramelize and burn, it DOES taste like sweet BBQ sauce, I dug it being a fan but SO is more of a burger purist and found it distracting. As I recall the Newsroom has a good one but more on the unwieldy, falling-apart side of things, but it's been many months since I've stopped in,

                                              Houston's Restaurant
                                              10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                                              Pete's Cafe & Bar
                                              400 S Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                                              M Cafe De Chaya
                                              7119 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                                              Newsroom Cafe
                                              120 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                                              M Cafe De Chaya
                                              9343 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                                              1. tooth RE: mawf1977 May 16, 2009 07:03 PM

                                                not a vegetarian but I do enjoy a good veggie burger, I used to work at 26 Beach long ago and theirs is pretty good, the best one I've had lately is at the park. They have a nice and nutty veggie burger, it is really hearty and flavorful.

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                                                  805vegan RE: mawf1977 Jul 6, 2010 06:07 PM

                                                  Best burger ever - organic and vegan! - is the Secret Burger with cheese at Mary's Secret Garden on the corner of Fir Street and Santa Clara Street in Ventura. You can also order it "Mary's style," which includes fakin bacon, avocado and extra sauce. Deeelicious!

                                                  Mary's Secret Garden
                                                  100 South Fir Street, Ventura, CA 93001

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                                                    maudies5 RE: 805vegan Jul 6, 2010 08:42 PM

                                                    Truth be told: I have never really enjoyed a veggie burger. :(

                                                  2. DrBruin RE: mawf1977 Jul 6, 2010 11:13 PM

                                                    My wife really enjoys the veggie burger sold at the Habit.

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                                                      fredder RE: mawf1977 Jul 6, 2010 11:40 PM

                                                      I like lucky devils,
                                                      too good.

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                                                        schrutefarms RE: mawf1977 Jul 7, 2010 12:46 PM

                                                        Just had one at Blue Jam on Melrose-and I gotta say, one of the BEST I have ever had!!!! A bit mushy, but I don't mind. The taste was awesome-and it was coated in bread crumbs.

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                                                          katjo RE: mawf1977 Feb 2, 2011 05:39 AM

                                                          I always head to Oinkster when I'm in need of a veggie burger. I'm only partially biased by my love of their belgian fries with Garlic Aioli.

                                                          2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                                                          2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

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                                                            PD Girl RE: mawf1977 Feb 3, 2011 08:37 PM

                                                            Love, love, love the Big Macro at M Cafe. I dream about that one.

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                                                              westsidegal RE: PD Girl Feb 3, 2011 09:09 PM

                                                              i LOVE it too, and i'm also plenty bummed out that they are no longer in culver city!

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                                                              bopdd RE: mawf1977 Feb 4, 2011 10:05 AM

                                                              My top 3 so far:

                                                              1) King's Road Cafe
                                                              2) Earth Burger at Umami (Cahuenga and Sunset)
                                                              3) Houston's

                                                              Some great runner ups:

                                                              The Counter
                                                              M Cafe

                                                              Kings Road Cafe
                                                              8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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