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Best Veggie Burger in LA?

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  • bopdd Aug 1, 2010 07:10 AM
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Hi all,

As a (very casual) vegetarian, I've spent the past few years indulging in just about every veggie burger I can find. Below are a few of my faves, but I'd love more suggestions! Also, I have yet to try the veggie burger at Houston's. Is it as good as they say it is?

Here are some of my favorites:

King's Road Cafe (on Beverly) - never hear this mentioned, but it's simply fantastic
Fig (in Santa Monica) - hints of curry
M Cafe - Think it's good, but only put it here because if I don't someone else will
The Counter - delicious!

For those contributing, I'd prefer a list of veggie burgers that are made in house. Other ones I've tried include 8 oz. burger bar, Real Food Daily, Golden State (not made in house), etc.

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Kings Road Cafe
8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Thanks for the links! Looks like I have a lot of veggie burgers to try. I just remembered another one I've had that simply blew me away: The Earth Burger at Umami (across from Amoeba Records). It had tremendous flavor.

      Next one on my list: 26 Beach.

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      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

    2. 26 Beach makes their veggie burger in house. I eat it when i feel like being healthy, which is not to often...LOL

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      26 Beach
      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

      1. The Park makes one. http://www.thepark1400sunset.com/

        As does LGO. http://www.lgostationcafe.com/

        1. Comfort Cafe at Fred Segal Santa Monica . . .

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          Fred Segal
          500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Comfort Cafe
          420 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          1. 25 degrees
            Hole in the Wall
            Lucky Devil's
            Blue Star Diner
            Grub
            8 oz
            R & D in Santa Monica
            Earl's on Crenshaw
            Veggie Grill
            Earlez Grille on Crenshaw (reopens August 9th maybe?)

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            Lucky Devils
            6613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

            Blue Star
            2200 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

            Earlez Grille
            3630 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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            1. re: Emme

              fwiw,
              r&d's burger, is, in all probability, the same burger served at Houston's and Hillstones, and Bandara

              1. re: westsidegal

                you're likely right; however, i haven't been there in quite a bit of time, and i did post that in 2010...

                1. re: Emme

                  and i will probably never go to any of them except the el segundo houston's, the one that is closest to my home.

            2. Hi
              I try veggieburgers in most of the restaurants I frequent. Somewhere between 50 & 75% turn out good to xlnt. However, one thing that keeps veggieburgers from topping my list of favorite foods, is the "bun." Buns, on virtually all the veggieburges I've tried, are usually like a slice of a remotely bread flavored, toasty, and flaky piece of 1/2" white paper. Occassionaly, the paper is brown. What can be done about these deplorable buns? Are they this bad, because it's cheaper that way? Is it largely because it's hard to make a "flavorful" bun out of anything but highly refined white flour? Aren't there other ways of making a bun that's flavorful, possibly gluten free or wheat free, made out of other more nutritious grains, potentially bean flour, etc.?
              thanks
              jp

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              1. re: johncpol

                the bun on the veggie burger at Cafe Gratitude, as well as it's contents, are, imho, good.
                dunno what kind of organic flour they use, but whatever it is, it's good enough for me.

                also, although i haven't had one of the M Cafe de Chaya burgers since they moved out of downtown culver city, iirc, they also served good buns.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Is that the veggie burger where you pay whatever you deem that you should pay for it ????

                  1. re: kevin

                    no, it is not
                    here's the menu description and pricing

                    <<MAGICAL
                    Homemade veggie burger on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, mustard sauce, and spicy chipotle ketchup. Served with a side salad
                    12
                    substitute roasted potatoes for salad +2
                    substitute raw gluten-free wrap + 3>>

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      Thanks.

                      I'll still give it a whirl.

                      1. re: kevin

                        imho, it is well worth the $12, especially when you factor in that the ingredients are organic.

                        keep in mind that this burger falls into the "vegetable patty" category rather than the "phoney meat" category.

                        they make no attempt for this patty to resemble the texture/flavor/appearance of meat.

              2. I had a really good, black bean-based one at Story Tavern in Burbank.

                1. i thought the veggie burger and bun were great at the burger lounge.

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                  1. re: yogacat

                    i will make it my business to try this place soon based on your recommendation.
                    thanks for the heads-up

                  2. Sorry, but the veggieb. at King's Road Cafe was a disappointment, with far too much cheese, and a small bun, so that the contents constantly fell out of it. The sweet potato fries served with it, though unhealthfully "fried," were delicious and plentiful. I also had a banana/blueberry drink that was good.