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

ipsedixit Jan 10, 2010 12:10 PM

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. boogiebaby RE: ipsedixit Jan 10, 2010 05:18 PM

    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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      ipsedixit RE: boogiebaby Jan 10, 2010 05:53 PM

      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.

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        Galen RE: ipsedixit Sep 30, 2010 12:16 AM

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

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          maiweezy RE: Galen Oct 1, 2010 11:45 AM

          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

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            Galen RE: maiweezy Oct 2, 2010 09:58 AM

            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

    2. susans RE: ipsedixit Sep 30, 2010 02:36 PM

      Are the burgers good?

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        ipsedixit RE: susans Sep 30, 2010 03:20 PM

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

      2. Servorg RE: ipsedixit Sep 30, 2010 02:49 PM

        "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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          ipsedixit RE: Servorg Sep 30, 2010 03:46 PM

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

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            granadafan RE: Servorg Sep 30, 2010 09:49 PM

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

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            Jelly71 RE: ipsedixit Sep 30, 2010 03:38 PM

            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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              selfportrait93 RE: Jelly71 Sep 30, 2010 03:57 PM

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

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                Jelly71 RE: selfportrait93 Oct 1, 2010 09:31 AM

                yes, that's it! China Star.

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

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              inlikeflt RE: ipsedixit Sep 30, 2010 04:43 PM

              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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                Harry Niletti RE: inlikeflt Sep 30, 2010 10:54 PM

                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

              2. Kitchen Queen RE: ipsedixit Oct 5, 2010 11:55 PM

                WOW! Thank you IPSE!!!
                I've been driving by this place for 20 years. Don't eat burgers so never had reason to go. Saw this thread and was at CSUN today so, gave it a try. He loved his burger and fries and I had the 2 roll sushi special. What a suprise! Great food, great prices and in my own backyard. I'm quite impressed with how delish the sushi was! BTW, last week, I was in Orange again. This time I went to the Olive Tree- OMG. Never mind I was there on the hotest day ever recorded sitting outside 'cuz inside was even worse -NO AIR. But, what a lunch- even my Lebanese friend was impressed.
                Thanks again!

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                512 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim, CA 92804

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                  ipsedixit RE: Kitchen Queen Oct 6, 2010 10:13 AM

                  Queen,

                  I'm glad you enoyed King's Burgers. I'm told that the tempura is supposed to be "not half bad" ... Supposed to go well with the burgers ... as in "burgers and sweet potato tempura fries".

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                  King's Burgers
                  9345 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

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                    Galen RE: ipsedixit Oct 6, 2010 11:32 AM

                    What I like to do is eat a little sushi then walk over to Get Shaved and have Hawaiian ice.

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