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havepixel Oct 22, 2010 10:01 AM

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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    namstermonster Oct 22, 2010 09:10 PM

    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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      darrelll Nov 28, 2010 12:27 AM

      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.

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        kevin Nov 28, 2010 05:47 PM

        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 ???

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          goodhealthgourmet Nov 28, 2010 06:16 PM

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

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          26 Beach
          3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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            kevin Nov 28, 2010 06:21 PM

            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.

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              Burger Boy Nov 28, 2010 07:41 PM

              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.

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                goodhealthgourmet Nov 28, 2010 07:52 PM

                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!

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              Burger Boy Nov 28, 2010 07:44 PM

              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.

        2. liu Oct 22, 2010 03:09 PM

          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. BestBurgerLA Oct 22, 2010 02:57 PM

            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

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              ns1 Oct 22, 2010 10:04 AM

              sounds delicious but my god that looks impossible to eat.

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                Dommy Oct 22, 2010 04:43 PM

                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!

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                  ns1 Oct 22, 2010 04:55 PM

                  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>

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                    Dommy Oct 22, 2010 05:10 PM

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

                    --Dommy!

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                    Burger Boy Oct 22, 2010 09:18 PM

                    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!

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                      Norm Man Oct 25, 2010 02:08 PM

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

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                        sel Oct 25, 2010 03:52 PM

                        $19 and worth it!

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                          Burger Boy Oct 25, 2010 10:27 PM

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

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                            kevin Nov 28, 2010 05:45 PM

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

                            what did you think of it, bb?

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                        Jordan Oct 23, 2010 01:21 PM

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

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                          Harry Niletti Oct 23, 2010 01:47 PM

                          "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

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                            Burger Boy Oct 23, 2010 04:36 PM

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

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