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Dec 11, 2009 04:28 PM

Looking for a REALLY GREAT burger place and New York Style pizza place

But I am tired of looking it up online and finding only over priced.....less than average places that "foodies" pay an arm and a leg for just because it's a fancy place, i.e....going to Houstons for a burger. Ok.....I'm sure it's good....but I am talking about real people food.....not break the bank food. =) ha-ha-ha!

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  1. 26 Beach Restaurant they make their own buns and have been making gourmet burgers for 26 years or more.
    Vito's Pizza on laCienega for a great NY Pizza
    Petrillos Pizza on Valley Blvd just east of San Gabriel
    Casa Bianca for thin crust Chicago style Pizza, yes it is Chicago style, that is where they are from and that is why the pizza is cut in squares.

    26 Beach
    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

    Vito's Pizza
    846 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

    Petrillo's Pizza Restaurant
    833 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    Casa Bianca Pizza Pie
    1650 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      My bad, Casa Bianca is not NY, neither is Petrillos but they are good. Petrillos makes a thin crust that is good, you need to ask for it. Steffanos on Hollywood Blvd makes a good NY slice.

      Stefano Family Restaurant
      6705 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      1. re: Burger Boy

        IMO. Petrillos thin crust is better than any slice I ever had in NYC. Yep, you must say "Thin crust, pie cut, well done but not black. The Glendora location burnt my cheese pizza that I took to a house party and I am still have not called them about it because I am still so mad I may say some bad things to the owners. But still, that was the first pizza they @&*$#%-up in decades. Well, they really don't know how to place the toppings on top but at least the toppings are all top quality. Petrillos is very good.

        Another thin crust, not NY crust but good is Tony's

        1. re: JeetJet

          I have yet to have the thin crust, I forget to order it that way everytime.

          1. re: JeetJet

            You should say something to the owners about the burnt pizza that you received. I remember the late great restaurant critic Elmer Dills always admonishing people to let the owners of food establishments know when they have a bad experience. He would say that oftentimes they are unaware of their employee's poor performance and would rather make amends than lose a customer. It should also result in a complimentary pizza for ya...

            1. re: HBfoodie

              How badly burnt was it? Pizza crust should have some char. Far better than the undercooked "blond" crust that seems to be preferred in CA. The problem with sending "overcooked" pizza back is that it can make it hard for the rest of us to get a properly charred crust. It's analogous to people who order their food "spicy" then send it back.

              I'd recommend 26 Beach for burgers, and Joe's, Vito's, Mulberry Street, and (my personal favorite) La Bottega Marino for NY-style pizza.

              1. re: a_and_w

                It happened on halloween about 5:30 when they had a line of people going out the door. I always ask for some char on the crust but when I got to the party 20 min. later and opened the three pizzas, the thin crust cheese was black on top and bottom. The cheese was dead and the whole large pizzA went into the trash. I could not take it back because we had to go trick-or-treat. That pizza was some trick and I don't mean to say neat by that use of the word trick.The punk who boxed it knew and wanted to hide it because there was double tape around the box keeping the lid from opening. I have been eating at Petrillos for decades and have not been back since then because I am so mad about it. I will return again, talk to the owner, and have more of tbheir great thin crust but I will check it before I walk out the door. That is so wrong to haved to do because once the box is opened the thin crust will cool off that much quicker.

                1. re: JeetJet

                  Disgraciad! But thanks for the heads up...

      2. The following recommendations are purely taste-bud favorites; price considerations are not in the algorithm.

        Burger: Father's Office (on Helms)

        NY pizza: There are 3 candidates: Joe's Pizza on Bleecker (Santa Monica) > Lamonica's (on Gayley Bl., in Westwood) > Vito's (on La Cienega)

        By the way, Chowhounds aren't foodies. Read the Chowhound Manifesto for the differences.

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        1. re: J.L.

          I think you'll like the SF Saloon and Grille on Pico at Gateway - excellent burgers, great wings - first class pub food with no attitude. Reminds me of NYC.

          As for pizza, I agree with the three above, plus The Coop - best of the lot - on Palms at National. Recently had a fresh slice with fresh eggplant (soon to be eggplant parmigiana) and it was wondeerful.

          1. re: Jeryy

            I haven't been to The Coop recently, but this is my favorite pizza in L.A.

        2. I really like Umami Burger. The burgers run from $9 to $12 and are really tasty. Try the lamb burger or the Manly Burger (their bacon cheese) with their homemade ketchup.

          Umami Burger
          4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          1. Try the 1/2 lb., Kobe Bistro Burger at the Original Tops. Smoked Mozzarella Cheese, Caramelized onions, Tomato and Greens, and Herb Mayonnaise on a Ciabatta roll. Under $7. Also, have it with an order of the best deep fried zucchini in LA.

            Tops (Kobe bistro burger,fries, deep fried zucchini, pastrami, asada or chicken totasda, grilled cheese w. tomato soup)
            3838 E Colorado Blvd (Between Rosemead Blvd. And Michillinda)
            Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
            (626) 449-4412

            This is my post about a great burger for a good price.


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            1. re: JeetJet

              Oh, man, Jeet if I remember correctly were you not a vegetarian now. But on another note, that Kobe burger at Tops is pretty ridiculous, and until I went there I never tried smoked mozzarella before, very interesting and smokey. I love BBQ so anything smokes is all right by me including turkey, cheese, and beers too.

              1. re: kevin

                Actually, I went to Tops several days ago and ordered the Kobe Bistro Burger with the burger on the side to take home for someone else and the cook looked at me like I was nuts, and so I just had the grilled cheese w/ tomato soup. Once before when the owner's kids were there I told them how i wanted it and I got it that way -- w/out the burger and w/ extra cheese -- very good. Smoked mozzarella is special. Last summer my son got a tripple pack of mozzarella and we then found some cheese cloth and put it in my smoker. We could not stop eating it and we will do that again but it takes a lot of time to smoke it --slowly. Going to Tops is the easy way to get my fix of smoked mozzarella.which they also use in that great grilled cheese.. I agree with what you say, "I love BBQ so anything smokes is all right by me..." I dream of a home made" Soul Pizza" made with Hungry Al's hot BBQ sauce, smoked mozzarella & cheddar w/ Al;s smoked hot links -- wow! But for me, hold the links. I really have been thinking of asking the guys at Lamp Post if they would make me a custom pizza if I round up the Al; sauce, some smoked mozzarella .....

            2. For burgers I like either 25 Degrees or Golden State.

              For NY style pizza, I like Pizza Next Door, Bollini's or Folliero's.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Hey Ipse, I really respect your choices but I have to ask, what about Follieros is good? I went with friends and was so disappointed? Maybe I need to try again. I looked at some of the pictures on Yelp and see a wide range of how they cook the pizza. What do you get and do you order it any special way? Thanks and Happy Holidays!

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  I think Folliero's really shines in the sauce department. The crust is also very NY-ish, slightly charred and bubbly at the edges and a bit chewy as you move towards the center -- perfect for folding and eating like a taco.

                  Is it the *best* pizza? No. But then the OP wasn't necessarily asking for the best pizza. OP was asking for great NY-style pizza, and for that I think Folliero's is pretty darn close.