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Oct 12, 2004 08:02 PM

Whats the Deal with Cassells, and who has LA's superlative Burger?

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For a city whose inhabitants are obsessed with burgers, you would think it would be easy to find a realy good one. Maybee as a NYer my tastes for burgers are not as refined as those having grown up in burgerland, but whats with the flat patty? All of LA's "best" seem to feature a burger with meat the girth of a tomato: applepan, in and out, Beanery...

Im not sure i'll ever trust a burger that comes to me before im ever asked how i want it cooked(rare). Any place I should try anyways?

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  1. 26 Beach Restaurant, serious hamburgers you can get rare.
    3100 Washington, Venice

    Jays Jay Burgers double chili cheese burger Virgil & Santa Monica Blvd

    Had a Fat Burger the other day with bacon, egg and cheese, really liked it.

    Try the burger at The Bucket in Eagle rock with the garlicky mess they put on top.

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      Try Mo's in Toluca Lake.

      1. re: jill

        I was at Mo's a few months ago and the burger was thick like a hockey puck, over cooked and tough. Loved the grilled Artichoke. I wish they could bring back Hampton's.......................

        1. re: Burger Boy

          Hamptons was great. I didn't know it was gone until was looking for it about two weeks ago. The Cassells-like salad bar was good but I never liked the german style potato salad.

          BJ's in Burbank has a good burger. Last week they gave it to me medium rare as requested but tonight it was served to me well even though I asked for it med rare. It's a 1/2 pounder or so and thick.

          Cheesecake factory burger is really good. I'm talking about the bigtop burger that replicates a big mac but is much bigger and meatier.

          Gorikee in Woodland hills has a great thick burger and they served it to me rare a few weeks ago. Interestingly sweet and garlicy. I'm going to eat another one of those next week when I have some time to drive out there.

          In and Out is always good. Not thick but if you do a four by four it's a bunch of meat and cheese.

          Mmmm, burgers are my favorite food when not eating sushi. Darn if the doctor didn't say I have to lower my cholesterol last week........

          David 248 total cholesterol and counting....down?

          1. re: DavidSL

            Gorikee's burger is a killer. The secret is the combination of condiments, especially the chutney. It's big enough for two (Patrick says to order it split but not to tell anyone). Paired with those garlic fries I'm a happy guy. AND they'll cook it for you rare, with nary a care about PC health concerns.

      2. re: Burger Boy

        The problem with the Bucket is it can take an hour to get your order.
        I really like Pie & Burger in Pasadena by Caltech.
        You can actually get a pretty good burger at any of the Houstons.

        1. re: martyR

          Second the Pie n' Burger..mmm - love that buttery bun!

          1. re: martyR

            Unless it's changed - super well done only.

          2. re: Burger Boy

            Fatburger will not do rare, or anything less than medium-well, for that matter.

            1. re: Ed

              I am sorry, you are right, but damn it was good.

              Jays Jay Burger also has a chili, cheese, bacon and egg that is guarnteed to take 1 month off your life expectancy.

              1. re: Burger Boy

                Jay's IIRC, is also a thin, Tommy's like patty. It's the kind of burger that serves as an accoutrement for the chili.

                1. re: Briggs

                  i am not talking rare, sorry, justy going on a few recent transedental expereinces of late

          3. Father's Office has a great burger!

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            1. re: liu

              I forgot Father's Office........sorry about that

            2. Bake & Broil in Long Beach has an excellent burger

              1. Well, of the ones you mentioned, I believe most of them cook to order, so you CAN order a rare burger.

                Personally, I think Cassell's is the best, probably b/c it's meaty and I can customize it myself w/ a huge array of fixings. In 'N Out and Fatburger have more locations and are more convenient for a quick fix when I have my carnivore cravings.

                Father's Office is more of a gourmet burger, I think, ground ribeye, w/ caramelized onions, blue cheese, and arugula. I like it, but it may be a little sweet for those who don't like sweetness in their burgers.

                1. Try Fathers Office in Santa Monica...No choice but really good

                  Try The Counter in Santa Monica...all the choices you could imagine

                  Try 26 Beach even though Burger Boy is an owner there.

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                  1. re: frankieb

                    Part owner, just 99.3%, i keep the old japanese guy around as a

                    I would never want to own a restaurant, a fast food joint maybe, sandwiches like the old place at 5th and Grand (I can not remember the name) and throw in some panini and some salads and wine and some great dessert, hey wait, that is a restaurant..........LOL

                    1. re: frankieb

                      Frankie, looks like your stock in the COUNTER is sky rocketing, do you ever give out free burgers to rival owners?