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California Roll burger from 26 Beach

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I recently devoured the colossal California Roll burger from 26 Beach in Venice and I was quite impressed at how all the flavors and textures worked together. The burger came with avocado, real crab meat, ginger, wasabi mayo, lettuce, tomato, Angus 1/2lb patty, and thick-cut fries which were like larger versions of In and Out's fries. I had to eat this burger in fourths while strategically "re-stabbing" the 7" high burger with the skewer so as to avoid the leaning tower of burger from becoming a Hindenburg. A messy albeit delicious lunch experience.

My coworker ordered the Texas Burger with chili and said it was good but that the chili needed more spice, and another coworker ordered the Kobe burger and gave it high praises.

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26 Beach
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

 
 
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  1. sounds delicious but my god that looks impossible to eat.

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    1. re: ns1

      Yeah, I have been intirigued by the California Roll Burger and now that I see it, not so much. The joy of a burger is eating it with your hands and I HATE overly messy hamburgers or eating it with a knife and fork.

      --Dommy!

      1. re: Dommy

        yup. the morton's burger is BARELY edible w/o a fork and knife. This just seems impossible. How do you even get that into your mouth? <insert gutter remarks here>

        1. re: ns1

          REALLY! Bleh... my bubbles are being blown all over the place today... :P

          --Dommy!

        2. re: Dommy

          Just try it once, it is very unique! They also have a spicy tuna burger with no avocado so it is more manageable. Just do it!

          1. re: Burger Boy

            Burger Boy, how much does the California Roll Burger cost?

            1. re: Norm Man

              $19 and worth it!

              1. re: Norm Man

                $19 They have a new one, The Spicy Tuna Roll Hamburger! Really good!

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  I liked the hot fudge sundae burger, though i got it with guac lettuce and tomato

                  what did you think of it, bb?

            2. re: Dommy

              Same here. That looks like a stunt, not a burger.

              1. re: Jordan

                "That looks like a stunt ...."

                ... leading to a stent.

                I thought I went to 26 Beach a few years ago, but I don't remember anything this grotesque. By comparison, the Hollenbeck burrito at El Tepeyac seems as delicate as a tearoom finger sandwich.

                -Harry

                1. re: Harry Niletti

                  LOL, This is a refined burger of Japanese American fusion! The Hollenbeck or The Manuel's Special is like the Hindenberg!

          2. 26 beach is one of Burger Club LA's FAVORITE burger spots in town. This sounds AMAZING. I will definitely have to check it out and bring the whole Burger Club LA back.
            Great pictures by the way.

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            26 Beach
            3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

            1. I had their Kobe Burger recently and could not even get a first bite without a topple. I used a knife and fork and it wasn't nearly as tasty that way. It's the difference between an ice cream cone and ice cream in a cup with a spoon...just not the same!

              1. As much as I abs love the ca roll burger, it's delish because of how all of the flavors meld together rather than the actual taste of the meat which is just another decent patty. That said, the ca roll burger really is wonderful.

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                1. re: namstermonster

                  I used to eat there maybe 4 days a week when they first opened at their original location which was 300 ft from my office. I was there so often, I wanted buy a cordless phone so I could do my work there. Their chicken breast sammies and their fabulous entree salads are not to be missed.

                  1. re: darrelll

                    i presume they didn't have the variety that they have now when they opened way back when closer to the beach at the eponymous address of 26 washington blvd.

                    i remember for a time they were operating both the small cafe and the newer one at 3100 washington, too. it was way way way more casual at the original location closer to the beach. so sad to see it go. i think it's now mercedes cafe or ???

                    1. re: kevin

                      Cabo Cantina is in the old 26 Beach space. blech.

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                      26 Beach
                      3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        i kinda like the one on barrington and wilshire for crappy, though very cheap bears. and the food is pretty downright terrible except for the buffalo chicken wings there that are some of the best i've had in LA, no joke.

                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          Actually the original location is nothing. They tore out the awning and it is just a building with offices upstairs and a brick patio. It is not Mercedes.

                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            i should have realized that because the old location wasn't directly adjacent to Cow's End, but the one time i actually agreed to go to Cabo Cantina (to watch football) it just *felt* like the same space!

                        2. re: kevin

                          Actually they had a variety but they would add and subtract. I remember the blue cheese burger they had, boy was that one good, blue cheese and blue cheese dressing. They had the peanut butter and jelly back then and the UFO, I used to get the Ole all the time, I believe it is still on the menu.