The Golden State...pretty good.
So, I've been making the rounds looking for the ultimate burger. I recently saw a poll in which The Golden State came out on top, so I thought I'd head on down and see what the hype is about. I probably should have picked a day to eat burgers when it didn't feel like I was walking on the surface of the sun, but there you have it. I ordered their basic burger, which they like to serve medium-rare. Unfortunately, they screwed up my order and cooked it medium with the provalone cheese my co-pilot requested. Still, the Harris Ranch Beef and glazed applewood smoked bacon were pretty good. I had the sweet potato fries, which underneath their skin were as hot as the pavement outside. It was, well...pretty good. Not amazing. Not spectacular, just...pretty good. I had a scoop of coffee peanut butter ice cream which was...(all together) pretty good. I guess it's that I had just been to Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lap in Arroyo Grande, twice last week. Now, that was ice cream.
Verdict: Three and a half propellers.
425 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Golden State
426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Big fan of Golden State. If you want to try a West LA great version of the Tommy's / LA Style Chiliburger I always recommend Marty's. I always choose this restaurant over the Apple Pan which is about a block away.
Marty's Hamburger Stand
10558 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Just for the record, what criteria are you using to judge aside from personal taste?
In my book, you can't beat Boulevard Burger in Woodland Hills. They're the only place that seems to care more about being able to taste the meat. Next up would be fatburger followed by Tommies, Chili's and In-n-out
21718 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
re: mucho gordo
On your previous recommendation, gordo, I stopped by Boulevard and liked it -- juicy burger, good onion rings, businesslike service, interesting mix of customers. I'll include it in a review of not-yet-well-known burger joints in the near future.
The stops on my list of "classic favorites or former favorites" in the current survey are all places that at some time or other were considered among the best and which I first visited at least 20 years ago. I want to see: (1) if they're still good; and (2) how much (if any) they've been influenced by fancier treatments of ground beef, as represented by F.O., G.S., and R.C. -- the winners in exilekiss' recent review.
Be careful and don't run over me -- I'm also making the rounds, comparing classic favorites or former favorites (Apple Pan, Cassell's, Pie 'n Burger, Russell's, Tommy's, and Tops) with "gourmet" burgers (Father's Office, Golden State, and Rustic Canyon). So far, Golden State is the leader, with Pie 'n Burger a close second.