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May 5, 2009 09:29 PM

Any good burgers in Ventura county ?

I've read the current thread on where to get good burgers in L.A., But I'm up north in Ventura County, Thousand Oaks to be precise, But willing to travel a bit. Any sugestions ?

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  1. Other than The Habit- on Hillcrest and Moorpark?

    1. Other end of county but The Spot in Carpenteria.

      1. I love the patty melt at Busy Bee Cafe in Ventura so much that I can't bring myself to order anything else. I'm guessing, though, that the burger would also be excellent.

        We had everyone in Santa Barbara telling us we HAD to get burgers from The Spot; unfortunately, it was mobbed, and after a huge breakfast we weren't ready to eat yet anyway. But Carpinteria is a place we'll come back to a lot, so next time...

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        1. re: Will Owen

          Outside of the always good In'Out in Newburry Park, I had a pretty decent hamburger at Harrold's House of Omlettes on TO near Conejo School Road (across from the Toyota dealer). It's funny, the menu calls it a '3 napkin burger' but they only gave me one napkin! It was a little greasy and I could have used at least one more napkin.

        2. You're only seven miles from the latest branch of the Counter in Westlake Village:

          IMHO, a very good burger with an excellent menu of toppings.

          The Counter
          Russell Ranch Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91362

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          1. re: maxzook

            totaly forgot about The Counter....I'll be heading over that way for dinner. Thank You

            1. re: sdv231

              Is it me? I find the counter overpriced. Add a few toppings, and $10 dollars arrives fairly quickly. (Although, the sweet potato fries are addicting.) In N Out double double with grilled onions could be the perfect burger, and is conveniently located in Ventura County.

                1. re: kevin

                  I am personally familiar with why INO sucks, compared to anything above McD, e.g. -- overstressed burger with maximum odor (order it plain if you don't understand), incredibly lousy fries, etc. Why does the Counter suck?

                2. re: jeffandnat

                  By today's standards, $8.25 isn't bad for a 1/3 pound burger. And you only get charged extra if you overdo the toppings -- which I don't do. (Honestly, who needs more than four toppings and one sauce? At a certain point it becomes a plate of toppings with a side of ground beef.)

                  Here's a Counter secret ... the onion strings (which I love) come with two free sauces. Use one with the strings and save the other for the burger.

                  PS good news ... the Studio City branch is FINALLY set to open on May 18!

                3. re: sdv231

                  We tried the Counter in Westlake last week. We really liked the concept, but weren't terribly happy with the execution. $10 for a custom, sit-down burger actually didn't bother me that much, though when you add the cost of sides and drinks, it gets pretty expensive. But the patty itself didn't taste like much of anything. The sauces were ok, but given how many sauces they have, why no teriyaki? (just happened to notice that one). And for heaven's sake, why serve the fries and onion strings as an appetizer? They should be served as sides with the burgers! Heck, the onion strings would be good *on* the burger. It was filling, but somehow lacking....

                  1. re: asimen

                    You can ask for the fries or strings to be served with your burger. And you *can* get the strings as a topping.

                    The Ginger Soy Glaze is their version of teriyaki (I prefer it to bottled teriyaki, it's less sweet.)


              1. Check out the Ranch at the corner of Lindero Canyon and Thousand Oaks the same shopping center with Subway and TJMaxx, but at the other end.
                The Ranch is primarily a caterer, but they are open for lunch and dinner. Their hamburgers are really good.

                One caveat: their buns are enigmatic...the bottom is much smaller than the top. My suggestion is to flip it over as soon as you get it. It will be much easier to eat.

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                1. re: liu

                  Chowhound Quote of the Year Nominee: "their buns are enigmatic"

                  1. re: creamfinger

                    I'm laughing!!!!
                    Still, I don't "get" their buns. The bottom bun is about half the diameter of the top bun. It doesn't work!!! But they are delicious!