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Burgers Revisited

Please help me. Anyone who thinks Tommy's Burgers are absolute trash; In n Out is pedestrian; and The Counter is just OK, discuss real burgers but do not include Umami, Father's Office, Hole in the Wall, 25 Degrees. I've had them multiple times and I like them a lot but I want "Drugstore Burgers"/"Old Fashoined Burgers"/"Drive-In Burgers", or whatever you want to call them. Cooked on a flat grill. Had Pie & Burger and Apple Pan, too, so something new. Is it possible there are no burgers left in this category?

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  1. Have you tried the Baby's Bad @$$ Burgers Truck? Excellent, especially the sliders...

    --Dommy!

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    1. re: Dommy

      Never heard of it. On Twitter? Thanks

    2. Here is some light reading for you while you plan your quest for the holy burger: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/312209 (lol).

      Have you ever been to Hinano's on Washington right at the foot of the Venice Beach pier? If not it ought to be on your short list.

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      Hinano Cafe
      15 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292

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      1. re: Servorg

        I have been to Hinano's and I think it's very good. Forgot to include them. Thanks. Also another place that has a good one is Rick's Tacos on Rosecrans.

        1. re: mopeyboy

          The ultimate "drive-in" burger was at Dolores' in Beverly Hills (also a S.M. location, but BH was better). There is still a Dolores' on Santa Monica Boulevard near Sawtelle in W.L.A. They continue to make the "Jumbo Jim." I don't recommend this place. The move from the drive-in to the walk-in never did work and that "Jumbo Jim" only worked when it was sitting outside of the window of your car in a tray.

          1. re: mopeyboy

            I also like The Shack, (especially the location in Playa Del Rey which is a true "beach shack") and you can always give the original Tommy's on Rampart Blvd. can hit the mark when you need a trip down memory lane http://www.originaltommys.com/ or even The Bucket for old time burger heartburn.

            Bucket
            4541 Eagle Rock Boulevard North
            Los Angeles, CA
            (323) 257-5654‎

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

            1. re: Servorg

              I was TERRIBLY disappointed by the Shack's Burger, it had no real taste, the bun was industrial and they DROWN it shredded lettuce... I HATE shredded lettuce on my burgers...

              http://twitpic.com/p5m4m

              --Dommy!

              1. re: Dommy

                Did you get it with the hot link?

                1. re: a_and_w

                  CRAP... the second you said hot link I realized I was talking about a different burger... the one pictured is not the shack... but the Habit... I completely retract... I've been the shack actually but got a Chicken Sandwich... which was tasty...

        2. To add to Servorg's light reading list, here's a thread that offered up various Hounds' "humble" opinions comparing and contrasting The Apple Pan: :}

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/372510

          1. Second City Bistro in El Segundo flat-grills theirs, as does Pie'n'Burger; I suspect the Redwood Grill downtown does too. And Pann's and Harry's (a block north of IKEA in Burbank), to name two "family diners". Redwood is really my favorite, I think, though PnB is more Instant Gratification for me.

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