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Hamburger Restaurant that grinds the meat on the premises

Lornaleigh Mar 3, 2011 05:08 PM

Ever since I read Fast Food Nation, I am very leery about eating ground meat. I'd like to find a good hamburger restaurant that grinds its meat fresh at the restaurant. South Bay preferred but anywhere in the LA area would be okay.

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  1. monku RE: Lornaleigh Mar 3, 2011 05:22 PM

    Umami Burger

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      Lornaleigh RE: monku Mar 3, 2011 05:31 PM

      Great! looking forward to checking it out!

    2. wienermobile RE: Lornaleigh Mar 3, 2011 05:32 PM

      Houston's, Hillstone and R+D Kitchen Are all House-Ground Each Morning.

      R+D Kitchen
      1323 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

      Houston's Restaurant
      1550 Rosecrans Ave Ste A, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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        westsidegal RE: wienermobile Mar 3, 2011 09:41 PM

        AND houston's offers free corkage for wine

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          Tripeler RE: westsidegal Mar 3, 2011 10:09 PM

          No corkage charge ever? That makes Houston's such a deal, then.

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            wilafur RE: Tripeler Mar 4, 2011 09:48 AM

            yep, corporate policy to charge zero corkage. it's awesome.

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              Will Owen RE: wilafur Mar 4, 2011 01:05 PM

              Another Houston's on Arroyo in Pasadena, FYI. I was a big fan of the original, in Nashville, RIP.

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        yogachik RE: Lornaleigh Mar 4, 2011 07:25 AM

        Tavern in Brentwood.

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          Bradbury RE: Lornaleigh Mar 4, 2011 07:34 AM

          Not in your preferred area, but if you find yourself in the north SGV for any reason (hint: the hiking trails in the San Gabriel mountains are spectacular this time of year), do try the Market Grill. They hand-grind the chuck right near the cash register, just so you get the point I suppose, and make some outstanding burgers from it. Also great are the club and veggie sandwiches, soup specials, lemon potato salad, and bacon chocolate chip cookies.

          The Market Grill
          525 S Shamrock Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

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            heckonwheels RE: Bradbury Mar 7, 2011 04:31 PM

            I love, love, LOVE Market Grill but the burgers are the one and only thing I find average on their menu.

            The Market Grill
            525 S Shamrock Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

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            mc michael RE: Lornaleigh Mar 4, 2011 07:44 AM

            Cassell's used to, probably still does.

            1. JAB RE: Lornaleigh Mar 4, 2011 08:28 AM

              I'll throw out that Woodspoon grinds the pork for their pork burger.

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                ltseligman RE: Lornaleigh Mar 4, 2011 08:45 AM

                Columbo's in Eagle Rock hand chops their meat for burgers when you order them. And they ar not on the dinner menu but you can order anytime. Not a fancy pants burger but a great take on the classic.

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                  happybaker RE: ltseligman Mar 4, 2011 09:35 AM

                  Columbos? Really? Wow.

                  I just think of them for red sauce and martinis.

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                  ns1 RE: Lornaleigh Mar 4, 2011 08:45 AM

                  Doesn't Morton's ground in-house too?

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                    ipsedixit RE: ns1 Mar 4, 2011 06:36 PM

                    Yes, as does Wolfgang's Steakhouse.

                    Wolfgang's Steakhouse
                    445 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                    mc michael RE: Lornaleigh Mar 4, 2011 10:27 AM

                    I'm informed that Daily Grill grinds its own beef.

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                      bulavinaka RE: Lornaleigh Mar 5, 2011 06:02 AM

                      Second City Bistro in El Segundo.

                      Second City Bistro
                      223 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA 90245

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                        Foodandwine RE: bulavinaka Mar 6, 2011 07:40 AM

                        Didnt know that Second City does that. I am actually a fan of the Richmond Bar and Grill down the block.. Are the burgers good at Second City?

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                          bulavinaka RE: Foodandwine Mar 6, 2011 09:19 AM

                          I think their burger is solid. I think it's approximately 1/2 pound loosely-formed burger cooked to order. Whether it's for me or one of my kids, we always order it medium-rare - just cooked through but pink in the middle. The burger oozes a lot of juice, so be warned - it can get a bit messy.

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                            Will Owen RE: bulavinaka Mar 6, 2011 05:40 PM

                            I really loved the burger at Second City. It's flat-grilled, my favorite method, and while it's overdressed in the standard Fancy-barburger manner (big slab-o-tomato even WAY out of season) the burger itself is a beauty. One thing that charmed me about my first one was that it was almost exactly identical to the one I'd had at Julienne's in San Marino a week before, but it was much better and three dollars cheaper - $14 instead of $17.

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                            ltseligman RE: Foodandwine Mar 7, 2011 11:51 AM

                            Richmond Bar is a great spot for good food and beer. I hit it up whenever I'm in El Segundo. Their homemade potato chips are the bomb... And their chili is perfect on a dog, burger or fries but, half the time I get their veggie sandwich (the something farmer)... often with a side of chili. So good!

                            Richmond Bar & Grill
                            145 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA 90245

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                          terrihenry RE: Lornaleigh Mar 5, 2011 11:12 AM

                          For the sake of transparency, I want to disclose up front that I do the marketing for Daily Grill and The Grill on the Alley restaurants. And now to answer the question: YES, all of our restaurants grind our Certified Angus Beef twice a day every day in our kitchens. And not just in the kitchen, but we do all grinding in the walk-in, so the beef is never allow to drop in temperature during the grinding process.

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                            Petey McNichols RE: Lornaleigh Mar 9, 2011 09:49 AM

                            Check out The Standing Room in Redondo Beach, they grind in house. I believe it is a blend of short rib, brisket. Its hard to find, in the back of a liquor store. Pretty random. I heard that Chez Melange also in Redondo Beach grinds their meat for their burgers. The other more obvious ones like Father's Office in Culver City and Santa Monica or Westside Tavern in West LA grind their meat inhouse, or at least they used to. Let me know what you find, I'd love to check out those spots!

                            Father's Office Bar
                            1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

                            Westside Tavern
                            10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

                            Chez Melange
                            1716 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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                              Lornaleigh RE: Petey McNichols Mar 9, 2011 04:18 PM

                              great to have a suggestion in Redondo! thanks so much!

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                                melangeinc RE: Petey McNichols Mar 9, 2011 05:28 PM

                                Thomas at Standing Room grinds in house for his burgers. Sous vides his short ribs - upscale take out food in a liquor store. Quirky and very good

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