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KING'S BURGERS (Northridge) ... and other quixotic menu combos in LA?

If you've ever driven by King's Burgers, 9345 Reseda Blvd, in Northridge, you'd think "ah, just another little burger stand serving up char-broiled burgers in butcher paper with dressing made from tried and true Thousand Island and ketchup.

But then you'd be wrong.

Why? Because not only does this place serve burgers and fries (as well as sandwiches -- think The Hat), it also has an extensive sushi menu. Yes, sushi.

And I'm not talking about boxed, ready-to-go sushi you might find at the deli counter of Whole Foods or Ralphs.

No, this is fresh made sushi, on fancy-schmancy plates. In fact, there's even a sushi counter where you can -- get this -- order omakase style.

So having stumbled upon this place, what other odd-ball combo restaurants do we have in LA?

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  1. I find that interesting! King's Burgers been around for years -- I used to go there in high school and college about 15-20 years ago. The sushi thing was definitely not there before. How was the sushi?

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    1. re: boogiebaby

      Sushi was more than respectable for a burger joint. Lots of interesting rolls and what not. Could give a place like Katsuya a run for its money.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        The sushi is real good. I always see Chef Justin. This is my go to place nowadays instead of Go Mart.

        1. re: Galen

          Do you feel that Go's Mart has gone down hill? Do you have some favorite things to order at this sushi place?

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          Go's Mart
          22330 Sherman Way # C12, Canoga Park, CA

          1. re: maiweezy

            Go's Mart hasn't gone downhill. I'm just tired of overpaying. Here's a few things I like from King's: Live sweet shrimp. Canadian albacore belly 3ways. Uni 3 ways and Chef Jun's Omakase is always great.

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            Go's Mart
            22330 Sherman Way # C12, Canoga Park, CA

      1. re: susans

        Sorry, did not try them. Sure smelled good, though.

      2. "So having stumbled upon this place, what other odd-ball combo restaurants do we have in LA?"

        I've always thought that the "Chinese and Donuts" places you see around K town and elsewhere are a pretty odd combo. The other offshoot of this sort of "odd coupling" is the more out there fusion restaurants. Red Hot Kitchen being one of the more unusual ones.

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        Red Hot Kitchen
        4625 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90032

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        1. re: Servorg

          There was a place on Crenshaw that advertised "smokin' hot" BBQ ribs and Chinese fast food.

          1. re: Servorg

            I work right down the street from Red Hot Kitchen and found they tried to jump on the Kogi truck Korean-Mexican fusion bandwagon. The food is ok but slooooooooow.

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            Kogi
            Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

            Red Hot Kitchen
            4625 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90032

          2. i can't remember the name off hand, but there is a little place on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills that advertises Chinese Food and Fish & Chips.

            what are the odds of either one being good? i am not taking one for the team and trying it.

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            1. re: Jelly71

              I know exactly what you are talking about. It is China Star Restaurant. .
              Previously, it was an H Salt Fish and Chips Restaurant.

              1. re: selfportrait93

                yes, that's it! China Star.

                gawd, remember H Salt used to be good? we have one in Reseda, but it looks super icky.

            2. It's not really in LA per se, but up in the town of Joshua Tree there is a small strip mall owned by a nice Indian family. the front half is a convenience store. The back half,is, however, a pizza place, that also serves Indian food. I've never had the pizza, though it looks decent, but the Indian food is pretty serviceable, especially considering where you are, though they do seem to use a crap ton of turmeric in their food, everything is pretty bright orange.

              Sam's Pizza
              61380 29 Palms Hwy # 13, Joshua Tree, CA 92252-1916

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              1. re: inlikeflt

                If you're willing to go that far out, you might as well hit Palm Springs for a restaurant called Margarita's, which sells sushi, seafood pasta, and Mexican food. Unfortunately, I haven't tried it. I say unfortunately, because I think the real point of this thread should be to discover how important focus is for food quality. My gut tells me that it's very important and that these mixed-up places rarely rise above the level of "serviceable" or "more than respectable for a burger joint."

                -Harry