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Anyone Tried the Campanile burger?

Ndelible Feb 22, 2010 07:57 AM

I've been offered the choice of two burgers - Umami or Campanile and I was wondering if anyone has tried the Campanile version? I am a big fan of Umami's different versions and know that will be fine, but if Campanile has a good one, I want to at least try it. I don't recall seeing one on their menu, but then again, it's not the place that I think screams, "burger"

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    Norm Man RE: Ndelible Feb 22, 2010 11:51 AM

    I haven't tried the burger at Campanile but Jonathan Gold is a fan of Campanile's burger. I remember one year he listed it as the Best Burger in "LA Weekly's Best of LA " issue.

    1. wutzizname RE: Ndelible Feb 23, 2010 08:35 AM

      I couldn't remember ever hearing about a Campanile burger, or seeing one on their menu. So I checked online...

      Per their current website, they have a Turkey Burger at lunch, and that's it... The last reference I can find to Jonathan Gold praising the burger at Campanile was in 2004... And of course one of the butchers at the Farmers Market, Huntington Meats, still sells the Nancy Silverton burger blend... Which will likely come to great use when the new burger restaurant she's involved with opens on the other end of the market, next to Du-Par's.

      So... I'm assuming that once upon a time Campanile had a serious burger going, but perhaps no more. I'm sure others can weigh in with a more detailed version of its history and demise.

      Unless it's the Turkey burger you're interested in, though I haven't heard anyone buzzing about that.

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        Servorg RE: wutzizname Feb 23, 2010 09:18 AM

        I want to find out if anyone has tried the Monday "burger night" at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica? I still mean to get there (and will post if I do) but any recon in advance of that would be good to have.

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        1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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          Lambster RE: Servorg Feb 24, 2010 01:47 PM

          I haven't been to Monday "burger night" there, but I have been pushing the Rustic Canyon burger on this site for some time now. The burger toppings change from time to time, but the meat, the bun and the fries stay the same and they are all really, really good. The meat is Niman Ranch and you can really taste the difference. It's expensive, but it's my favorite burger in town - although I'm anxious to try the burger at Lazy Ox Canteen after the SIV review.

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            Servorg RE: Lambster Feb 24, 2010 01:50 PM

            Thanks for the reply, Lambster. I have seen your recommendation of the burger at RC. I think a Monday burger night is a great idea to get folks to turn out on what is normally a slow restaurant night. I just have to convince my wife that we NEED to do this... lol

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              a213b RE: Servorg Mar 1, 2010 02:52 PM

              Just FYI, I am headed there tonight, so I'll come back and give you a head's up on how it is.

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                a213b RE: a213b Mar 2, 2010 12:08 PM

                We had a great time; fantastic burgers, really really delicious, and I loved the fries as well, too.

                I tried the gnocchi with bolgonese starter, and while good, it didn't come close to Animal's.

                3 of us had their regular burger, and I had the breakfast which was scrumptious, though I found their standard burger to be even better.

                The only miss was dessert; the doughnuts were undercooked -- perfect on the exterior, but really doughy inside.

                Would definitely recommend checking it out for the burgers, though.

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                  Servorg RE: a213b Mar 2, 2010 12:25 PM

                  Thanks for reporting back. How much was the breakfast burger (and the gnocchi starter) if you don't mind?

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                    a213b RE: Servorg Mar 2, 2010 01:50 PM

                    MMmmm, tough to remember exactly. I think the Breakie Burger was either $16 or $18, and the gnocchi was maybe $14 or $15.

                    Sorry, wasn't paying too much attention.

                    One thing I will say is that we all felt like calling it "Burger & Beer" Monday is a bit of a mislead, in that there are only going to be two additional burgers on the menu, and unlike a place like Irving Mill (in NYC), the beer is not included in the price -- which is fine, it's just we expected something a little different.

                    That being said, again, the burgers were fantastic; vaulted into one of my favorites in the city (the standard RC Niman Ranch one).

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          Ndelible RE: wutzizname Mar 2, 2010 05:50 PM

          Thanks so much. We had to cancel and will reschedule, but will be heading to BOA for their yummy NY strip instead!

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