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Burgers on Westside

What are your top five places for burgers on the Westside - (Santa monica, West L A, Marina, West Hollywood)?

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  1. Turkey Burger at Tavern
    Apple Pan Hickory Burger
    Barney's turkey burger
    Fat Burger with chili
    Ketchup

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    1. re: maudies5

      Fathers Office
      The Counter
      The Getty Villa Cafe
      Patrick's Roadhouse
      In N Out

    2. Arnie Mortons (only during lunch, only on the weekend)
      Hole in the Wall (great burger, love the pretzel bun option)
      tie:
      In and Out, double double animal style
      Fat Burger (you gotta ask for it "on the char" broiled)

      1. 26 Beach Restaurant they make their own buns, been doing great burgers for over 20 years! www.26beach.com

        1. Nook - WLA

          Father's Office - either Culver City or SM - limited though of course

          In/Out - Westwood

          My wife really loves Apple Pan on Pico

          I was at Westside Tavern and they may have a burger - not sure...their lamb french dip was really good...

          Literati II (not the cafe) - impressive burger...

          For W Hollywood - Animal, Ketchup & Comme Ca get really good reviews. I ate at Comme Ca but not burger...

          1. For beef:
            Boa
            Father's Office
            Fraiche
            Hole In the Wall
            Wolfgang's Steakhouse

            Lots of great runners-up, too!

            If chopped steak counts, the half-pounder at the Palm is hard to beat.

            If buffalo appeals, add Josie.

            If you would consider pork, consider Tavern (I have yet to try the regular burger there).

            For turkey, I am partial to Hal's.

            1. Father's Office
              Philly West (best value in all of LA)
              Hole in the Wall
              ?
              ?

              I didn't really care for Nook's burger, and I thought Apple Pan is an overpriced version of In n Out. Not a fan of Fatburger either. I'd maybe give a place to The Counter.

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              1. re: mdpilam

                Porta Via in Beverly Hills and Westside Tavern both have amazing and delicious burgers!

              2. Ditto the great recs by newtrial and travelingmansoul.

                Definitely need to add the burger at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar.

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                Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
                1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                1. re: vinosnob

                  Ditto Rustic Canyon. Just tried it the other day and, though I think I hit them on an off-bun moment, the meat more than made up for it.

                  It should be noted however that (unless things have changed) I don't think Animal has ever offered a burger. They do sometimes have the Loco Moco with a burger patty on rice with foie gras and quail egg and spam for $35, but I don't think that really qualifies.

                  Also, Kechup has generally gotten anything but good reviews. Are they even open still?

                  1. re: wutzizname

                    I have only been to Ketchup once (for lunch) and thought the burger was excellent. That is the only thing I tried. I have no idea whether it is still open.

                2. I'm told that Beacon in Culver City has the BEST.

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                  1. re: stevedi

                    it's ok....it's better across the street...but beacon has better food overall

                  2. The burger's at Houston's and Bandera are somewhat similar, and both are great. When it's on, Daily Grill provides a tasty burger, although they recently changed the bun ti a denser heavier bun which detracts. Agree that Literati II has a fine burger. I find the burgers at Barney's and Hole i the wall to be to thick

                    1. Hole in the Wall
                      Tommy's
                      Thje Shack Burger at The Shack...Burger and hot link .

                      1. I haven't tried as many burger places as I'd like, but here goes.

                        Father's Office: The bleu cheese has grown on me.
                        Hole In the Wall
                        Hinano Burger
                        Thompkins Square

                        Fast Food:
                        Fatburger
                        The Shack
                        Tommy's for comfort food.

                        Most overrated:
                        The Counter.

                        Need to try 26 Beach.

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                        1. re: Ogawak

                          www.26beach.com I just had their chimichurri burger, very very nice!

                        2. Doesn't anyone like Islands' burger(s)?

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                          1. re: J.L.

                            Unless they've changed they are badly handicapped by their Corporate "no burger cooked less than medium" edict.

                              1. re: Servorg

                                In defense of of Islands, their version of "medium" is actually very close to most places "medium-rare." There is a lot of pink in the middle of an Islands burger cooked "medium" and they are plenty juicy.

                                Of course, if you like to order you burger "rare" you are out of luck. But if you prefer "medium-rare" give Islands a shot before you dismiss them. I definitely prefer my burgers "medium-rare," and yet Islands is still one of my favorites.

                                1. re: MrF

                                  It's true that they will often cook a medium burger with a pink center. But unfortunately, not always. And then I go a bit rosy in the face as I try and reason with the waiter/waitress who tells me "We have to cook them this way by order of the health department" and I say "No, you cook them this way by order of your Corporate legal department" and my wife sees me building up a head of steam and, by that time, my meal is pretty much ruined.

                            1. I agree with the rec's for:

                              Fathers Office
                              Houstons
                              In 'n Out

                              I'm also a big fan of Islands (I know they wont cook "rare or "med-rare," but their version of "medium" actually has a lot of pink ans is still very juicy...I find it to actually be closer to "med-rare" than "medium")

                              The San Francisco Saloon on Pico in West LA also makes a tasty burger....and their Irish Coffee's aren't too bad, either

                              1. Good Stuff Burgers - great veggie burgers and fried mushrooms
                                Hamburger Habit
                                Howard's Bacon Avacado Burgers (although I have not been there in years)
                                In n Out, Tommy's, Fat Burger
                                and The Shack - great hot links on the burger plus its a beach bar..the one on Wilshire is good too

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                                The Shack
                                185 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

                                Howard's Big Burger
                                11127 Venice Blvd # 7, Los Angeles, CA

                                Hamburger Habit WLA
                                11223 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                Good Stuff Burgers
                                11903 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                1. veggie burger at houston's
                                  veggie burger at the counter in el segundo or santa monica

                                  1. Marty's has the best LA style chili cheese burger east of Rampart and Beverly.

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                                    Marty's Hamburger Stand
                                    10558 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                                    1. re: burratabelly

                                      Did not know Marty's was so far east that the numbers became west again! If you really want the best LA Style chili cheese burger east of Rampart & Beverly, then get yourself to Art's on Valley Blvd, Peck Road N exit off the 10 frwy. If you really want the best burgers on the west side get yourself over to 26 Beach Restaurant. www.26beach.com

                                      1. re: Burger Boy

                                        Pico is just Pico in Santa Monica until it hits LA, and then it stays W Pico all the way until around Main Street in downtown Los Angeles, and it finally switches to E at that point.

                                    2. i would through the pretzel burger at 3 square into this mix...

                                      1. In no particular order:

                                        Big Jo's (on Broadway and 20th) - greasy diner. cheap. old school californian.
                                        The Counter
                                        Marty's - a burger shack just a few blocks east of Apple Pan and a way better value
                                        Fraiche

                                        Note: I'm in the camp that thinks the Apple Pan may be a "historically significant" burger joint, but is grossly overrated and overpriced considering its "diner/counter" food category....

                                        1. Nook Bistro's burger (West of the 405 on SaMo) gets high marks from me, definitely go check it out!

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                                          Nook Bistro
                                          11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025