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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...


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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.

      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.

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

            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...



              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: :}


          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.

            1. Yanaki's on Valley Blvd just east of the 605 frwy on the south side!

              Yanakis Burgers
              13200 Valley Blvd, La Puente, CA 91746

              1. Having been to Pie N Burger and the Apple Pan, I would recommend Jongwaard's Bake N Broil in Long Beach for a good burger and an awesome lemon lush pie. I like their burger/pie combo better than the ones mentioned above.

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                1. re: Ogawak

                  I wanted to love Bake'n'Broil's patty melt, and mostly did, but my patty was lacking much flavor. I would assume the same would go for the regular burger.

                  Ever since I read that Nancy Silverton insists on pre-salting hamburgers I have done so, and it makes a huge difference, even with plain old supermarket meat. I suspect that a widespread failure to do this explains many of the boring burgers out there.

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    Will, I don't want to take this off top so I'll post this article about salting your burger on Home Cooking. Interesting stuff.


                    1. re: Will Owen

                      I know!! I love Nancy's method and have used it with amazing success at home... but when I first read it I was like, this is a revelation?! I've been doing it for years (Along with a little cracked pepper and a dash of garlic powder) and then it hit me about all those inspid burgers I've had all these years... bleeehh....


                      1. re: Dommy

                        Same here. I can't imagine cooking a patty w/o first seasoning it just as you do.

                    2. re: Ogawak

                      The Burger Special (burger/dessert/drink for $8.50)

                      1. re: Ogawak

                        I concur, Bake N Broil makes one of my favorite burgers in LA County. I like it with cheese and grilled onions, and their pies are fantastic too.

                        1. re: Ernie

                          Such urgings from the brethren tell me I just need to get back there and try again. I am reminded that I once - just ONCE - got a real dud from Pie'n'Burger, and had that been my first try I never would've gone back.

                      2. Not old faschioned but Westside Tavern has a very good burger...

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                        1. re: toonoble

                          Thanks to those who have responded so far. I agree about the burger at Westside but it is more like the higher end burgers. I'm going to try Jongwaard's and Yanaki's, if I can ever find it! I'm a Culver City man.

                          1. re: mopeyboy

                            Have you tried San Francisco Saloon's burgers?

                            1. re: mollyomormon

                              I have and found them unremarkable... I'd heard the raves and just didn't get it we got a plain and one with stuff (I think ortega chiles) and neither came together all that well... much prefer Pie and Burger and Apple Pans although these are MUCH more stripped down... Which is why I opted to compare BBB's sliders as more akin to what the OP was looking for...


                            2. re: mopeyboy

                              >>I'm a Culver City man.<<

                              Consider the first two recs Dommy! and Servorg on this post for local or locally accessible burgers. These two veteran posters would never steer you wrong...

                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                Mom's Burgers
                                336 W Alondra Blvd
                                Compton, CA 90220


                                Irv's Burgers
                                8289 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood CA 90046


                          2. Walter's 9601 Wilshire Blvd

                            Irv's 8289 Santa Monica Blvd

                            1. Submitted for your approval: the humble yet delicious burger stand, Jack's Classic (intersection of Tujunga, Riverside & Camarillo)

                              Jack's Classic Hamburgers
                              11375 Riverside Dr, North Hollywood, CA 91602

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                              1. re: bodie

                                Speaking of Jack's, I lived in the area 20 yrs ago and used to go to Fat Jack's on Ventura Blvd. and thought that was a great burger back then.
                                Anyone still go there or is it closed, haven't heard anything about Fat Jack's.

                                1. re: monku

                                  I have not been to Fat Jack's in many years either and I think it has moved since the days of the ol' stand but it's still around.


                                  Fat Jacks
                                  11402 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

                              2. Montebello Country Club coffee shop has a half pound hamburger w/fries for $5.95.
                                Make sure you ask them to cook it medium rare.

                                1. For great old fashion burgers, run immediately to B & R Old Fashioned Burgers:

                                  B & R Old Fashioned Burgers
                                  3512 West Rosecrans Avenue
                                  Hawthorne, CA 90250
                                  (310) 679-4774

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                                  1. re: Norm Man

                                    Thanks. I have been there and thought the burgers AND the fries were very good. Another one I forgot.

                                  2. You might like the The Zwieb(el) Burger at Snug Harbor. It's preparation and ingredients haven't changed, hopefully, since the 1940's when it opened:

                                    2323 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica ~ (310) 828-2991

                                    I'd call first and ask them about it; also, they may close in the afternoon ?

                                    1. I've always thought Fatburger was pretty underrated in the classic burger category.

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                                      1. re: alnyden

                                        Thanks. I agree but some locations are hit and miss. First stop before, In & Out, for sure.

                                        10600 1 2 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

                                        1. re: alnyden

                                          I agree... on the CHAR for sure though...


                                        2. It's a burger...it's a burger.Tommy's awesome...awesome...In n Out awesome..........it's a burger...are you kidding.I love umami...best in the city..Father's Office is a sandwich...but it has the food since Sang is one of the best chefs in the country, with a better palate than most somms.....but you my friend better realize..ITS A BURGER

                                          1. I'm going to beat Burger Boy to the punch and recommend 26 Beach, which is still one of the best I've had in LA. Avoid the gimmicky toppings and ask for the fries well done.

                                            1. You might like the burger at Hinano's in Venice. Very decent old school burger

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                                              1. Then again out here in Chatsworth
                                                we have the Munch Box on Devonshire
                                                near the train stop since 1956
                                                haven't gone commercial like Tommys

                                                1. D Town Burger

                                                  Hole in the Wall Burger

                                                  And of course, Hawkins if you are feeling adventurous.

                                                  Hawkins House of Burgers
                                                  11603 Slater St, Los Angeles, CA 90059

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