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Jul 21, 2010 07:24 PM

Burger Kitchen's $29 Pat La Frieda, ground prime burger, ???

Anyone tried it yet?

Sorry, didn't get the chance to try it myself yet.

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  1. $29?! It had better be phenomenal.

    4 Replies
    1. re: mdpilam

      tyhere's also a 75 buck burger on the menu, but i digress.

      1. re: kevin

        The $75 burger is a caviar burger. I had the basic burger and it is okay, worth going back for ??? For $30 or $75 these things better knock me off my feet. I wonder if the owner of BK is going to start chiming in on this site like he has on all the others?

        1. re: Burger Boy

          really???, the owner chimed in on other sites.

          see i don't wanna go really fro the reg burger, i'm gonna go for the pat la frieda beef burger, the 29 buck one, i can do without the farm raised osetra caviar number for now. it usually looks empty and they aint' got no website, when i pass by usually in the late PM, but then again at that time it's neither lunch nor dinner time.

          1. re: kevin

            Yelp, Serious Eats (A Hamburger Today),and a few other sites. He was all defensive and even a little upset that A Hamburger Today would not re-review them when he invited them in and bought them free burgers. The Writer was ver adament about not reviewing anyone who buys him a meal! It got kind of heated and the BK owner looked pretty silly!

    2. I went on a week day for lunch and the restaurant filled up by 1 pm.
      we had an All Ameican burger that was on special for $6- I believe it is 6 ounces instead of 8- it was delicious and juicy and I loved the brioche bun. Also tried the turkey burger which was nice a flavorful.
      I think the restaurant is kind of pricy for what it offers- I am not usually going out for PREMIUM burgers......, but I DID like the burger

      1. Right now they're offering 2 Pat La Frieda burgers, one is "The Natural" which has the dry aged meat in it, the other is a special "Steak Burger".

        The Natural burger is undeniably delicious and intoxicatingly rich. I loved it. You can definitely taste the nutty, fruity, and a little-bit funky bouquet of flavors from the dry aged bits and each bite gets better and better. I ordered mine with white chedder - the other option is camembert. Comes with fries, sweet potato fries, or chips. I will pass on the fries next time - weird smell coming off the oil and very uninteresting - also served with chipotle ketchup and personally I don't like the flavor of chipotle (side note - I do really enjoy the onion rings here). My only qualms about the execution of the burger is that we ordered it medium rare and it came out medium - I blame Yelpers!

        The brioche bun is pretty standard - firmer than Umami's (and bigger), softer than Comme Ca's (and smaller) - good and serviceable. The burger comes with a (too) thick slice of red onion, a decent slice of tomato and a piece of lettuce (unfortunately I got a bit that was too close to the center and slightly bitter). What I've concluded about this place is that the cooks and the owner's "vision" is not what's making the burgers great. It's just the Pat La Frieda patty. As long as they keep churnin out the Natural, though, I'm ok with that.

        The "steak" burger came out at the proper temp of medium rare, and had a great, coarse grind that I prefer in burgers. However, eating this after the Natural made it the culinary equivalent of sloppy seconds. Not enough beefy flavor. And not worth $14 w/o a side.

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

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        1. re: maiweezy

          So just save up the requisite 29 bucks for the patty la Frieda natural burger. Skip the rest of the burgers on the extensive burger menu?

          1. re: kevin

            I didn't try any of the house-blend ones.

          2. re: maiweezy

            Is it worth it? I mean, was this the best burger you've had (in LA)? I find it hard to believe that it would be twice as good as FO's burger or three times as good as Umami's...

            1. re: mdpilam

              It was worth trying once, for sure. Beats paying for a ticket to NY to try Minetta Tavern's *grin*. But then again I'm willing to spend a lot on burgers - Bastide's $28 incarnation is next on my list. The markup is due to the inclusion of dry aged meat, which is different from any other burger I know of in LA, so you're paying for high quality meat and a unique experience. It's not my favorite burger in LA ... but to me that's comparing apples to oranges.

              Bastide Restaurant
              8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

              1. re: maiweezy

                "The markup is due to the inclusion of dry aged meat, which is different from any other burger I know of in LA, so you're paying for high quality meat..."

                FYI: Father's Office serves Dry-Aged, Niman Ranch Beef in its famous $12 Office Burger.

                1. re: exilekiss

                  "FYI: Father's Office serves Dry-Aged, Niman Ranch Beef in its famous $12 Office Burger."

                  Father's Office is able to charge less because of their lower overhead from not having to stock ketchup.... ;-D>

          3. OK, I went to Burger Kitchen this evening and invested $26 (not $29) to try 'The Natural' with Pat La Frieda dry aged for 40 days prime beef. Yeah, I did like it a lot. Is it worth the price? Not for me but if my mom or anyone else is buying - I'm in! The burger came with good fries but I was not offered a choice of sweet potato fries (which I would have preferred) or chips mentioned elsewhere in this thread. Happy hour $6 draft Allagash White was 1/2 price and paired very well with the aged beef. Did not try a dessert.

            Burger Kitchen
            8048 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048