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Dec 28, 2009 01:24 PM

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: (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 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.

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