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Jun 13, 2009 12:53 PM

Best Burger in the SFV?

I tried to do a search, but can't find anything specific to the valley.

So - what is the best burger in the Valley?


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    1. 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.

      Hamburger Hamlet
      4419 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

      Boneyard Bistro
      13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

      The Counter
      12117 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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      1. re: maxzook

        A "bit pricey" for that Southwest Patty Melt is $20.

        Some of us might omit that "bit."

          1. 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

        1. The Laurel Tavern on Ventura is great- their bbq sauce is very close to Apple Pan's hickory burger.
          Very close

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          1. re: umich

            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!

            Laurel Tavern
            11938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

          2. 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!

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            1. re: JackonCrack

              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

              Bill's Hamburgers
              14742 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91410

              Billy's Grill
              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

            2. One of my favorites is Boulevard Burger on Ventura in Woodland Hills. Across the street from Fatburger, and IMO so much better. They will cook rare if requested!