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BLT Restaurants Owned Go Burger Coming to Hollywood

lil mikey Oct 20, 2010 05:27 PM

I am pleased to announce that I saw a sign on the corner of Sunset and Vine announcing the upcoming opening of BLT Burgers.

This is a necessary addition to the neighborhood, as you would currently need to walk 100 feet east to get a burger at either Magnolia or the Bowery. Or you might be forced to cross the street and go to Café Was or Hungry Cat… or the Waffle. So in that intersection, this will only be the 6th place you can get a burger.

But, you say, the other places are not NAMED “Burgers.” Ahhh, you are right. For that, you would need to go a block north to Molly’s Burgers, or another block to Sandy’s Burgers. You may also go a block west to Umami Burgers, or a block north of that to Juicy Burgers.

But that seems like a dearth of places to get a burger, you say. Aren’t there any others within, say a half mile? Well, yes there are:

Big Wangs
Stout
Dillon’s
The Blue Palms Brewhouse
Delphine
Citizen Smith
BoHo
Jack in the Box

So this will only be the 18th place within a half mile to get a burger; and only the fifth in the same half mile to have “Burgers” in its name. And most importantly, this will be the first one at the exact corner of Sunset and Vine.

So next time we go to the ArcLight, we can reflect on the many burger choices we have, including the NEW burger place: BLT Burgers.

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The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Citizen Smith
1600 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Big Wangs
1562 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

BoHo
6372 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

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  1. wienermobile Oct 20, 2010 06:22 PM

    I just hope it's as good as the menu sounds. Take a look:
    http://www.bltburger.com/PDF/eatin-ve...

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      sel Oct 20, 2010 10:04 PM

      I'll give the burgers and shakes a go but their draft and bottled beers list is awful!

      1. re: wienermobile
        A5 KOBE Oct 20, 2010 11:35 PM

        It sounds better than it tastes.

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          wienermobile Oct 21, 2010 06:48 AM

          Kobe have you been there?

          1. re: wienermobile
            A5 KOBE Oct 22, 2010 03:38 PM

            I have been to the LV location twice and found the burger to be just average. Everything was just average from the meat, "BLT" sauce, bun, and fries. I ordered the "BLT" burger which consists of bacon, lettuce, tomato and their famous "BLT" sauce and found it just okay. The meat lacked flavor and the fries were just ordinary. The "BLT" sauce was disgusting, tasted like that relish you get at Bob's Big Boy. The did however use a nice thick cut bacon.

            Definitely will not go back there.
            Here is a pic I snapped of the burger and fries.

             
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        a213b Oct 21, 2010 10:34 AM

        I've been to the one in NYC a couple times; it's good. Not out-of-this-world amazing, but good for sure.

        1. OCAnn Oct 21, 2010 11:33 AM

          So I don't have to drive out to LAS to get a Laurent Tourondel burger!?! Sign me up! While I didn't care for their shakes (too sweet & thick), I *loved* their RW rosemary & garlic skinny fries & burgers.

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            designjb Oct 22, 2010 02:46 PM

            Agreed. So glad to see they are thinking "outside of the bun."

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              jaydee Oct 22, 2010 05:06 PM

              too bad over half of those spots listed have horrible burgers. we need to thin the herd. for the record, I enjoy Bowery's burger.

              1. TheBurgerBusters Jan 23, 2011 09:28 AM

                Go Burger (BLT) only opened in LA three days prior to this review, so I was chancing that they wouldn't have the usual service and quality kinks. Parking on Sunset was what one might expect. The was a line and a list for a table, but since I was flying solo, I sat down at the bar--no waiting--same menu....suckahs.

                I ordered The Classic, which was a 100% Black Angus burger for $9.00, American Cheese $1.00 (sigh), the Skinny Fries $3.00, the Duck Fat Fries $6.00, and a Diet Coke. The joint was packed, but there was a staff of 8-10 in the kitchen. It did take 30 minutes to deliver a burger, and I chalked this up to newness and an unexpectedly large lunch crowd.

                The Burger Breakdown...

                The Beef: The beef was a coarsely ground blend of Chuck, Sirloin, Shortribs, and Brisket. There was an upgrade option ($18) for a 30-day, dry-aged blend of Brisket, Shortribs, and Sirloin--next time....The Classic burger's beef blend tasted great. It was beefy--the mild aging came through, but was expressed as a pleasant end note. The blend was easily beyond 20% fat, which made for a creamy mouth feel. That creaminess was a nice counterpoint to the firm chewiness of the sirloin.

                The Sear: The sear was thin and satisfyingly crunchy. This provided a nice contrast to the creamy beef.

                The Seasoning: On the first few bites, I hit a patch where the patty was over-salted. Once I got past those first few bites, everything settled in, and the seasoning was well-balanced both inside and out.

                The Preparation: The thickish 5-6 ounce patty was loosely formed and cooked on very hot griddle. The burger came out to a perfect Med-Rare.

                The Cheese: Go Burger offered a variety of quality cheese options. I opted for American on this outing. I am glad that I did, because my second choice, the Vermont Cheddar, would have been too salty. The Cheddar would have also masked the subtle notes of the beef blend. The American cheese was beautifully melted. It matched and accentuated the creaminess of the beef fat while bringing some tasty umami to the party. The cheese was a winner.

                The Bun: Breadbar provided the perfect buns. Breadbar can do no wrong in the burger bun department. This was a toasted, seeded burger bun, which was moist, firm, yielding and perfectly toothsome.

                The Meat to Bun Ratio: Perfect--just perfect.

                The Value: It was $20 bucks for a cheeseburger, fries, soda, and the tip. This was a little pricey, but the quality of and care were in place.

                Burger Review : Go Burger served up a darn good burger. I would have The Classic burger again, and I highly recommend it anyone that is in the neighborhood. I will be returning to try the Prime STEAKHOUSE Burger ($18)

                Pics of the burger inside and out can be found linked below.

                www.theburgerreview.com

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                Black Angus Restaurant
                455 N Azusa Ave, West Covina, CA 91791

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                  granadafan Jan 23, 2011 04:16 PM

                  Great review, TheBurgerBusters. I love reading your blog.

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                    TheBurgerBusters Jan 24, 2011 07:08 PM

                    <blushes> Thanks.

                  2. re: TheBurgerBusters
                    soniabegonia Jan 27, 2011 11:43 AM

                    Went to Go Burger for a late dinner and got the signature smashed burger & onion rings. Wow. This was a damn fine burger - the best I've had, as a matter of fact. Intensely beefy meat, perfect texture, perfect seasoning, perfect meat/bun ratio. I was very impressed. It was cooked a perfect medium w/ some patches of medium rare. It was absolutely delicious. I devoured it. The rings were quite good as well but proved to be too much with the burger. You actually get more than 5 rings here unlike at Umami. It might be better shared. Yeah, it's a bit pricey but man, was it tasty. Next time I get a burger craving, I know where I'm going.

                    1. re: soniabegonia
                      soniabegonia Feb 21, 2011 11:31 AM

                      Well, my second visit was not as stellar. I got the BLT burger and the meat was kind of dry. It was perfectly medium - brown on the outside & pink through the middle.. but no juices running down my fingers. I would squeeze the burger between my fingers and see no juices oozing from the meat. It seemed leaner. It was also not as beefy.. not sure if that was a function of the meat itself or the competing flavor of bacon. Now, I love bacon as much as the next person, but it overwhelmed the burger. I wanted the bacon to be a secondary flavor, not the primary. Also, the bun seemed a bit thicker this time so the ratio was just off a bit. The hubby got the Ultimelt which comes on rye bread. It was pretty good but I'm not a fan of rye so I wasn't crazy about it. The skinny fries were definite winners. I'm convinced that the smashed burgers are the thing to get here. I overheard the manager tell another table that it's his favorite. I think the smashing cooks the meat faster, thereby reducing the risk of the meat drying out. Seems counter-intuitive to smash the meat and let the juices run out and many firmly believe that one should leave the beef alone while it's cooking. Maybe it's more to do w/ when you smash the burger.. anyway, who cares? I just know it tasted fabulous. I'm definitely going for the smashed burger next time, and "Make it a Philly."

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                    carter Jan 25, 2011 08:28 PM

                    Are Boho, Cafe Was and Citizen Smith even open?
                    Thought all 3 had closed, maybe subsequent to the Oct 20, 2010 posting, but still....

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                      wutzizname Jan 26, 2011 04:40 AM

                      Citizen Smith was reported "temporarily" closed as of Christmas. Although at least one new review online seems to imply that they may still be open.
                      Boho was reported to be closing on several occasions, but never did.
                      Hadn't heard anything about Cafe Was planning to close, but it is still very much open.

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                      tastycakes Feb 5, 2011 09:28 PM

                      this place serves up a damn good burger. my husband ordered the roethlisberger, a special in honor of the superbowl. pastrami, coleslaw, something called BLT sauce, and waffle fries. he added cheddar. it was ridiculously good, then the fries started to get a little soggy, but he made the mistake of letting me try it and i scarfed down half of it while he was occupied with the duck fat fries. the fries were tasty, but super rich and not crispy enough for me. addictive anyway. we also shared the fried pickles. wow, delicious. i had the bleu cheese burger with mushrooms and caramelized onion. good lord it was good. the char on the meat (mine was a bit overcooked) came through really nicely on this one. the all-nighter shake (coffee ice cream, espresso, bailey's and kahlua) was ridiculously good, stronger than you might imagine, and topped with miniature malt balls. yeah, it adds up, but everything is super fresh, immaculately prepared, and very well crafted. great quality ingredients make it a decadent experience you can feel somewhat good about.

                      1. Servorg Feb 6, 2011 11:10 AM

                        Created a place link for this burger joint (which is evidently called Go Burger):

                        I have to say, after looking over the menu, that someone else (other than I) is going to have to order their chili cheese dog at $9. Makes some of those recent complaints about the price of a dog at Slaw Dogs look better by comparison.

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                        Go Burger
                        6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                          Dogbite Williams Feb 6, 2011 11:55 AM

                          I have been to the Las Vegas branch located inside the Mirage Hotel twice. Both times I had the lamb tandoori burger. I'd say it's the best-tasting burger I've ever had, but at $13, I wouldn't say it's worth the money because I'm definitely hungry after finishing it. At $5 for fries and no side salad available, there is no way to construct a decent meal.

                          For me, it's a vacation indulgence and a tasty, extravagant way to kick off my trip. I won't patronize the Hollywood branch.

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                            david t. Feb 7, 2011 10:38 AM

                            Anyone feeling burger fatigue? Too many burger places opening all over.

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                              TheBurgerBusters Feb 20, 2011 05:09 PM

                              No!

                              www.theburgerreview.com

                          2. Phurstluv Feb 20, 2011 06:36 PM

                            So, I'm confused. Is it BLT Burger? Or Go Burger?? And in general, not as good as Umami?

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                            Go Burger
                            6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                              reality check Feb 20, 2011 07:09 PM

                              It is confusing. Their website says Go Burger by BLT restaurants.

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                              Go Burger
                              6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                              1. re: reality check
                                wutzizname Feb 21, 2011 09:17 AM

                                It's not that confusing. The name of the restaurant is GO Burger, and it's owned by BLT Restaurants.

                                The title of this thread is the only problem, as it was started back in October on the rumor that BLT was planning a burger place here, before the name was actually revealed.

                            2. The Chowhound Team Feb 22, 2011 12:42 AM

                              We added Go Burger to the title to help clarify for future readers, hope this helps

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                              Go Burger
                              6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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                                reality check Feb 22, 2011 09:30 AM

                                It's actually BLT RESTAURANTS, not burgers, that owns Go Burgers.

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                                Go Burger
                                6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                              2. rednyellow Feb 22, 2011 10:50 AM

                                I tried Go Burger last week. Not too impressive and I wont go back. Three of us ordered sandwiches and wanted to split an order of Mac n Cheese. and Duck Fat fries. The mac and cheese showed up cold. We sent it back. They asked if we still wanted it, we said yes. The burgers came. unremarkable. over cooked and no sign of seasoning at all. Bland. The fries also had no sign of seasoning. When the mac and cheese came, it was barely luke warm in the center. No reason to try again.

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                                Go Burger
                                6290 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                                1. A5 KOBE Apr 15, 2011 05:15 PM

                                  I just went here today and wow was I shocked. I may have found my favorite burger in Los Angeles if not for the $18 price tag. The "Steakhouse Burger" was superb, dry aged flavor, crusty bun and carmelized onions and thats it. The dry aged meat really came through and the burger was oozing with unctuous goodness. Fries were crispy and had great flavor.

                                  I also had a bite of the burger of the day which was a lamb burger which was also very tasty. That might have been my pick had it not been for the "Steakhouse Burger". All in all, very good burgers here but at a hefty price tag. I think we ordered a lamb burger ($14), steakhouse burger ($18), shared an order of fries ($3) and two ice teas (2x $4) and it was around $50.

                                  The parking is also terrible.

                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
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