Best Burger in the SFV?
My vote would probably go to Boneyard Bistro for their Southwest Patty Melt, wagyu beef on toasted rye with gruyere & cheddar cheeses, sautéed Onions, Anaheim chilies and bacon with three dipping sauces. These are first class burgers, although a bit pricey (is wagyu beef really necessary for a patty melt?)
Second choice would be the new branch of the Counter in Studio City, followed by one of the few remaining Hamburger Hamlets, in Sherman Oaks.
4419 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403
13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
12117 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
re: Dogbite Williams
Oh, but it's SO good ... worth trying at least once ...
That being said, Andrew's North Hollywood Diner (fka Sitton's) uses American cheese. No bacon, the only dipping sauce is Heinz, and I could be wrong but I suspect the beef isn't Wagyu.
Andrew's North Hollywood Diner (fka Sitton's)
11329 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
I've been to Laurel Tavern only a few times and while I have some gripes regarding their beer selection, I did enjoy the burgers, 'OLD SCHOOL BURGER - 8, HICKORY BURGER - 9, LAUREL BURGER - 9' and those pork popsicles, oops they were 'PORK BELLY SKEWERS - 6'!
Regarding their beer list, I love some California brews but they need more styles of Cal beer and maybe some of the best stuff from other areas!
11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Okay i'll recommend the low rent places! ;)
BILLS (in Van NUys) is your basic tiny burger stand - they don't even serve fries (just chips) and they are cash only
and I don't think they're open very late (4p?)
14742 Oxnard St
Van Nuys, CA
Another tiny spot (in Sherman Oaks) is BILLYS
I always get the Buffalo burger here. Mmmmm. (They also have lamb,veggie, venison,Ahi and ostrich burgers!)
It's at the intersection of Magnolia and Van Nuys in Sherman Oaks.
A step up from the burger shacks, a in a strip mall:
Pineapple Hill Saloon (also a bar), also in Sherman Oaks
it's a little dirty but the burger is good! and stiff drinks!
Van Nuys Blvd and Moorpark
Further out in the SFV is Daglas Drive In, which i'll be honest, is really a place t go to for the French Fries (thugh "everyday is fry day" they're not as good as they profess them to be!)
Winnetka Ave. and Van Owen St. in Winnetka
You may need Crestor after you eat the pastrami burger!
eat a Bullet burger at ZIGS in Reseda
(it's like a cheese burger and chillies on a french roll)
White Oak Ave and Van Owen St
and last but not least BEEPS!! (Sherman Way and Woodley Ave in Van Nuys)
if just for the kitsch! (very 50s!)
a ton of different versions of french fries, hot dogs and burgers
i've had some awesome milk shakes here! and it's pretty cheap ($7-$9)
it's not Master Burger, but it's a solid burger.
Now i;m hungry!
I always forget Pineapple Hill, my favorite bar burger next to FO.
Worth some linkage ...
PS Google says Zig's on White Oak is closed.
Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill
4454 Van Nuys Blvd N, Sherman Oaks, CA
14742 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91410
5162 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Daglas Drive In
20036 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91306
Beeps Fast Food
16063 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Max in Sherman Oaks on Ventura Blvd. makes a great hamburger even if it is a bit pricey ($18). Otherwise, I also am a great fan of Pineapple Hill. Pineapple Hill makes what they call a Kona Burger with cheese, bacon and grilled onions. I waive off the grilled onions and ask for mine raw. Great bar mediocre wine but i guess good enough to go with the Kona Burger.
I like Hook Burger. The meat is lean and not overcooked. The buns are baked fresh every day and toasted to perfection. As much as I like the meat, I actually get the ahi tuna sandwich more now. I've never seen anything like it in a burger joint. The salads are probably their weakest point, but at least they have them. Any place I can get a glass of wine instead of an iced tea makes me happy :)