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Jun 20, 2010 10:54 PM

The MOST AMAZING/TRANSCENDENTAL burger that I wasn't expecting: Glencrest BBQ in...... Venice???

Abbott Kinney is not a place where I'd expect a great, sloppy burger to be found. But a fellow hound who works down the street from Glencrest BBQ has told me for almost a year now that this is the best cheeseburger in LA. Finally, I took him up on the offer.

First off, I was relieved to find the establishment devoid of any sense of interior design. This looks like the place that you stop in when you're driving cross country and you're low on gas in Canute, Oklahoma. I had to ask: yes, they own the building (thank God for all of us).

The burger: WOW!!! It was GREAT! The "Cheeseburger Special" is actually a Double Cheeseburger, fries and a drink for $5.95! THAT'S HIGHWAY ROBBERY!!! Granted the fries were sysco (I ate sysco fries everyday in college and recognize them a mile away) but the burger was legit.

2 thick patties, perfectly grilled, cheese, and the perfect mayo-tomato-pickle-onion mixture that makes or breaks burgers.

As a frame of reference, I ate 5 Guys the next day after a trip to Ikea and was grossed out. I thought it tasted like Wendy's.

I can't comment on the bbq (which i quickly scanned yelp, it appears to be mediocre) but the burger has entered my #1 spot as the best burger in LA.

Other thoughts on the burger are welcome!


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  1. I'm actually at Abbot Kinney alot since I work for a food truck and we head there often. I'm pretty interested and will probably check it out sometime.

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    1. re: Johnny L

      Johnny, since you are on Abbott Kinney a lot, go by 26 Beach and check out their award winning California Roll Hamburger!

      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

      1. re: Burger Boy

        I have to say that my father's day (very late lunch - 4 PM) at the Umami Burger in the Santa Monica Fred Segal's was a resounding success. No crowds and a home run with a triple pork burger (fresh ground pork, chorizo, bacon and manchego cheese and a healthy schmear of pimenton aioli). Top that off with a side of cheesy tater tots and finish with a rocky road ice cream sandwich from Milk. All washed down with a 22 oz bottle of Pooleko Gold ale.

        I rolled home a happy father.

        Fred Segal's
        500 Broadway
        Santa Monica CA

        1. re: Servorg

          Photo of said burger...just to add a little extra tantalization to the process!

          1. re: Servorg

            I hope you took a double dose of Lipitor when you got home. I had the Triple Pork when I went to Umami and that was the only one I liked, it still lacked something to make it complete, for me. Have you hade the California Roll Burger at 26 Beach. I was there late last week and I had it again and love it. The guy next to me actuall was having the Fudge Burger with bacon and he finished it, he told me it was really really good. Maybe I will have the courage to get it next time, we shall see.

            26 Beach
            3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

            M Restaurant - Hotel Metropole
            205 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704

            1. re: Burger Boy

              The TPB (Triple Pork Burger) reminds me of a twisted chili cheese burger with that incredibly juicy pork taste underneath. Really like this combo and I think if they tried tricking it out with any other added ingredients they would be in serious danger of gilding the lily.

              One of these days we will get back over to 26 and, when we do I will undoubtedly give the Calif. Roll Burger a try. As to fudge on my burger - I like my dessert as a separate entity (a la the Milk Ice Cream Sandwiches - my rocky road and my wife and son's mint chocolate chip versions).

              1. re: Servorg

                Not adding more stuff to it, but something to cut the richness, tomato and lettuce, I guess that is adding stuff..LOL

                1. re: Servorg

                  >>One of these days we will get back over to 26 and, when we do I will undoubtedly give the Calif. Roll Burger a try.<<

                  Take in a few extra laps on your morning ride before putting this one down - it's a gut-buster.

                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      Everything IS BIG there (and tasty), but I was surprised at how deceptively filling this burger was. I tried picking it up twice, and after having all the juices ooze down my arm, and some crab fall to my plate, I decided that eating this beast with a fork and knife was the way to go. Really good stuff, Burger Boy - nice rec!

              2. re: Servorg

                Damn. I can't believe I haven't been yet. That'll be my to-go to place for the 4th of July weekend.

                1. re: snooze button

                  Two additional great things about this branch (for me) of Umami Burgers. The location is so much closer than their other easterly locations and Fred Segal has a very large (and free) parking lot - which for that area of Santa Monica is both somewhat rare and greatly appreciated.

                  Fred Segal
                  500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                  Umami Burger
                  850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        2. Thanks for the post, upstarter. I pass that place all the time and have tried and not been particularly impressed with their bar b que, but I'm willing to give the burger a try. I'll let you know!

          1. They make a great turkey burger too!

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            1. re: foodieonbudget

              errr...I'll take your word for it. Not a fan of turkey "burgers" but to each his/her own. I ate the burger today to confirm my initial judgment and it truly is a knockout.

              1. re: upstarter

                Ok ok, Glencrest BBQ is on my list!

                Glencrest BBQ
                Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291