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Burgers with special requests?

My sister's birthday is Wednesday and I thought we'd try Umami Burger. But, from what I understand, you can't "special order" a burger there. My sister loves quality burgers but she's a plain jane who likes her burger with nothing but pickles. Does anyone know if what I heard is correct? And, if so, any other recommendations for high quality burgers in the LA/Valley area? She would not like Father's Office--not a beer fan, and we'll have my 12 year old niece with us.

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

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  1. That's pretty much what the Counter is made for.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      You may also want to try Stacked in Torrance in the Del Amo Mall complex.... it's similar to the Counter only you use iPads to build your burger... it's probable would be fun for your niece.

      1. re: DrBruin

        My complaint with Stacked is that in order to place your order you must use a credit card, even if you are going to pay with cash. I went into detail about this when it first opened, and made a point of letting management know.

        1. re: DrBruin

          Stacked Place Link: added.

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          Stacked
          3525 W Carson St Suite #172, Torrance, CA 90503

      2. The Counter is a good choice for you and there are 9 in the LA area. Build your own custom burgers anyway you'd like.
        http://www.thecounterburger.com/

        You might like the Apple Pan's classic burgers and pie in West LA.
        Or Pann's for 50's diner burgers (and the best patty melt in town) near LAX.
        http://www.panns.com/

        A little more expensive Houston's has a very good steak house type burger. (also a very good veggie burger).

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        Apple Pan
        10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

        Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
        6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

        Houston's Restaurant
        10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

        The Counter
        4786 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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

        The Counter
        12117 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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        1. re: wienermobile

          I agree on the Counter and want to give a shout-out to their Veggie Burger (I get mine in a bowl) which is delish.

          1. re: mocro

            I third, fouth The Counter req and second the Veggie Burger. I am a bonafide carnivore, but here I always get their veggie burger - a thing of pure genius! They make it in-house and it is very special. I actually crave them when I don't crave burgers as a general rule.

        2. Try 26 Beach Restaurant, they have better burgers than all these other places and if you want just a patty with pickles they will deliver it! Burger Boy has spoken! www.26beach.com

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          26 Beach
          3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

          1. I didn't realize you can't make "special requests" at Umami. Are you sure?

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            1. re: reality check

              You can take away toppings, but that's it.

            2. If it's literally true that you can leave off ingredients at Umami but not add them, just order a burger with everything left off, and a side of the house pickles to put on the burger. (I've never asked Umami to leave anything off, so call first to make sure they'll do it this way.)

              Otherwise, Juicy Burger in Hollywood* is similar to the Counter with a smaller list of toppings, and imho has better ingredients but cheaper.

              *the Los Feliz branch is temporarily closed as of 7/12/2001.

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              Juicy Burger
              6340 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

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              1. re: maxzook

                The Los Feliz branch of Juicy Burger is now reopened.

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                Juicy Burger
                6340 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028