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Oct 27, 2005 06:28 PM

best burger - west side, or LA in general

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My idea of a great burger

1/4lb or under
Flame grilled
Slightly sweet sesame seed bun - grilled
Slice of raw red onion
American cheese
Crisp cold iceberg lettuce
Fresh sliced tomato
Dressed with 1000 island style sauce


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  1. apple pan or in n out.

    1. Go to the Shack in Playa del Rey or Santa Monica. You could have them do that burger for ya..they're pretty good over there.

      1. Apple Pan or Pie N Burger IF the lazy cook doesnt overcook the burger b/c you asked for no cheese and it came with cheese anyways and he gets ticked off and ruins what should have been a great meal. I like the Juicy Lucy at Fred 62 but dont go late night - it gets inconsistent. Actually Juicy Lucy wins if they actually cook it to order. Hmmm, now Im hungry.

        1. We go back again and again for the burgers at the SF Saloon on Pico Blvd. just a block or so west of Sawtelle Blvd. on the north side of Pico in West LA. The come with either excellent fries or really good pasta salad or a well put together green salad with lots of goodies. It's a bar with good food so the drinks/beer are good too if you are interested.

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          1. re: WLA

            i concur with the sf saloon sugestion. that is one tasty burger. also quite partial to the shack burger although you may have a coronary while eating it (huge burger w/the works topped with a butterflied louisiana hot link)

            1. re: WLA

              I enjoy this place too. Don't always want to fight the crowds at FO. Nice selection on the menu and good nachos.

            2. Given your preference for very specific ingredients, I think you should try the Counter in Santa Monica.

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              1. re: mc michael

                the counter is my favorite.
                the smallest burger there is 1/3 lb.

                1. re: mc michael

                  Good Call. It is clear Natalie knows what she wants and I agree The Counter is probably the only place in L.A. that would look at her menu and make it right.

                  The Counter (Burgers made to order)
                  2901 Ocean Park Blvd
                  Santa Monica, CA 90405
                  (310) 399-8383
                  Cross Street: 29th Street

                  1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

                    The Counter does not flame grill, their buns are not sweet, I could tell you to go to 26 Beach, where they make their buns, but they are not sweet either and they do not flame grill. Damn great Burger, way better than the Counter, but not what she is looking for.

                    1. re: Burger Boy

                      I think The Counter offers a honey wheat bun that might meet Natalie's tastes.