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My dad eats only hamburgers. I eat everything. He’s paying. Where to go?

assassin May 17, 2011 12:39 PM

I’m a struggling writer who loves food but rarely gets to eat out. My parents are coming for the weekend so I’m looking forward to going to some real restaurants. Unfortunately my dad’s palate is extremely limited. Burgers or steak. That’s it. No sauce on those either. I love anything and everything from sushi to Ethiopian.

So my question is: What are some really interesting restaurants with great food that also have a burger or steak on the menu? (medium price level). For example, I think Lazy Ox Canteen is a good pick because they have a varied gourmet menu but they also have a burger.

Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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    condementia May 18, 2011 09:59 AM

    Another option: the Westside Tavern in the Westside Pavilion Mall (by Pico/Westwood). They have burgers (and steak) on their lunch and dinner menus and I've had no problems customizing orders (sauce on the side, fries instead of chips, etc.). My favorite meal there is the jar of chicken liver mousse washed down with the grapefruit rickey.


    Westside Tavern
    10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    1. Das Ubergeek May 18, 2011 08:58 AM

      Non-canonical response: what about Cube?

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        assassin May 17, 2011 03:29 PM

        Great replies so far everyone. Thanks! I'll have to check out some of these menus online. I love FO but they may be the only restaurant who won't accept a "plain" request.

        As to the origin of why my father likes a plain hamburger only, it remains a mystery.

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        1. re: assassin
          maudies5 May 17, 2011 04:17 PM

          Tavern makes a great burger and it arrives with all of the condiments on the side. The beef is ground in-house and is really delicious. The buns are also made on the premises. Served with argugala salad or great fries. Price is about $17.00. Lots of good things on the menu for you, as well. Just a note that the burgers are not served in the main dining room after 7:00. However, the bar or "Blue Room" is a very warm and inviting space and the bar menu is great. Happy hour between 3 and 6 on weeknights.

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            yogachik May 17, 2011 04:33 PM

            Absolutely second the Tavern idea. Also Rustic Canyon is a fantastic idea.

          2. re: assassin
            granadafan May 18, 2011 10:44 PM

            My girlfriend is the same way. I want to bang my head against the wall when trying to find a good burger place. Clearly Unami is out. .

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              Burger Boy May 19, 2011 11:28 AM

              26 Beach is the answer, they do plain burgers and fancy ones.

              26 Beach
              3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

          3. ipsedixit May 17, 2011 02:57 PM

            Ammo Cafe does a great burger, in addition to having a plethora of other options for you.

            Second the rec for Rustic Canyon. If you go, make sure to give due consideration to the Jidori Chicken.

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              samtron608 May 17, 2011 02:48 PM

              I like the Comme Ca suggestion.

              How about Mortons Steakhouse? Dont they serve a nice burger?

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                ipsedixit May 17, 2011 02:58 PM

                How about Mortons Steakhouse? Dont they serve a nice burger?


                Yes, but weekday lunch only.

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                  perk May 17, 2011 05:39 PM

                  Do they serve it at dinner....as well as lunch?

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                    Servorg May 17, 2011 05:47 PM

                    Coming at this from the other way round I'll say "They serve the burger only at lunch during the weekdays"

              2. Ciao Bob May 17, 2011 02:18 PM

                This may scare Dad off but many of the great Korean BBQ places (Park's Cho/SunGalbee) have a fine ribeye or sirloin that thay will serve "Western Style" for your Dad -- he cook it how he likes! And you can go Korean crazy.

                1. wienermobile May 17, 2011 02:07 PM

                  A- Frame now has a DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER with tomato confit, pickled red onions, butter lettuce, hot sauce sharp cheddar and sesame mayo on a buttered brioche bun..........

                  12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                  1. re: wienermobile
                    Ciao Bob May 17, 2011 02:11 PM

                    Dad wants "No sauce on those either."

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                      wienermobile May 17, 2011 02:12 PM

                      Photo of the new A-Frame Burger.

                      12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                      1. re: wienermobile
                        Servorg May 17, 2011 02:15 PM

                        I see definite "sauce" leaking from that burger!! ;-D>

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                          wienermobile May 17, 2011 02:16 PM

                          Sorry I couldn't photo shop the sauce out.

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                            Servorg May 17, 2011 02:17 PM

                            You need the latest "Photo Sauce" app...

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                          thegthang May 17, 2011 05:13 PM

                          Is this burger a lunch special? I've not been to A-Frame for lunch and since the spring menu I've only had the double cheeseburger at night (with obvious differences to this one lol).

                          12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                        foodnmusic May 17, 2011 02:05 PM

                        What about Comme Ca? Good burger and a fair amount of other nice things for you to choose from.

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                          Das Ubergeek May 18, 2011 08:57 AM

                          If it were two-thirds the price, I'd concur... but at that price point, even given its high-rent digs, it's not worth it.

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                          Clyde May 17, 2011 01:59 PM

                          BLD has a burger and lots of other choices available.

                          BLD Restaurant
                          7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                          1. Servorg May 17, 2011 01:35 PM

                            Umami Burger would be interesting as would The Hungry Cat and Father's Office near Culver City.

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

                            Father's Office
                            3229 Helms Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

                            Umami Burger
                            850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                            Umami Burger
                            4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                            Umami Burger
                            12159 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                            The Hungry Cat
                            100 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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                            1. re: Servorg
                              Ciao Bob May 17, 2011 02:12 PM

                              FO is OUT -- "No sauce on those either."

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                                Servorg May 17, 2011 02:14 PM

                                I would need to "hit the sauce" if that limitation got heaped on my shoulders... ;-D>

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                              AAQjr May 17, 2011 01:02 PM

                              Waterloo and City and Rustic Canyon come to mind on the west side

                              Waterloo and City
                              12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

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                              1. re: AAQjr
                                wienermobile May 17, 2011 02:30 PM

                                I will second Rustic Canyon's niman ranch burger with sharp cheddar, onion fondue, bread and butter pickles, herb remoulade hand-cut french fries (add fried egg 2.50)

                                Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
                                1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                                ns1 May 17, 2011 12:58 PM

                                golden state

                                get a bird while your dad gets a hamburger?

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                                  Kitchen Queen May 17, 2011 05:19 PM

                                  2nd The Golden State. I ordered a BLT w/o the bread. YUM! And, a side of Sweet Potato Fries. Double Yum. He had a burger w/ the S.P. fries. We also ordered the arugula and persian cuc salad.

                                  Don't leave w/o trying the ice cream :)

                                  What about 26 Beach? Nice place on a sunny day!

                                  26 Beach
                                  3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

                                  The Golden State
                                  426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                                  1. re: Kitchen Queen
                                    Burger Boy May 18, 2011 02:32 PM

                                    26 Beach is the only place to get a great Sushi Hamburger, you heard me, a SUSHI HAMBURGER. These burgers are off the hook, California Roll, Spicy Tuna and an Eel Burger. Crazy Good! http://www.yelp.com/biz/26-beach-rest...

                                    26 Beach
                                    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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