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.
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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.
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.
A little more expensive Houston's has a very good steak house type burger. (also a very good veggie burger).
10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067
4786 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
1550 Rosecrans Ave Ste A, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
12117 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
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.
6340 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Five Guys Burger & Fries just opened at Westfield Culver City (AKA Fox Hills Mall)... Extremely good beef on their burgers, and they're highly customizable.
No desserts there, though. But no worries, there's a Red Ribbon Bakery in the same mall (think halo halo & ube mamon cake), and also a Millions of Milkshakes!
The huge number of combinations at the Counter is overkill for what you need. I'd be surprised if 99.9% of the restaurants among the nearly 30,000 in Los Angeles (at least those that serve hamburgers) didn't have reasonable special-request policies. Aside from F.O., I don't know of any place (does anyone else?) that won't at least leave toppings OFF their burgers if, for example, the customer is allergic to bleu cheese or has had enough arugula this week or ... just doesn't like something. (Studies have shown that many restaurant customers are human beings.) I haven't made a special request at Umami, because I enjoy their Hatch Burger as designed, but, assuming they follow hospitality norms, I like maxzook's recommendation -- get your sister a plain burger with pickles on the side. If you have the Hatch yourself, offer her a bite, then be prepared to split another order with her.
The Shack (2518 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Marty’s Hamburger Stand 10558 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
Tommy’s 2575 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
Hinano 15 Washington Blvd., Venice
Irv’s Burgers 8289 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood
Pie ‘N Burger 913 East California Blvd., Pasadena
The Apple Pan 10801 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
Bob’s Big Boy 4211 West Riverside Drive, Burban
BBQ King 525 West 7th Los Angeles, CA
J N J Burger & Bar-B-Q 5754 W Adams Blvd Los Angeles
Outlaws Bar & Grill 230 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey
Cassell’s Hamburgers 3266 W 6th St, Los Angeles
Clearman’s Boat 7215 N Rosemead Blvd, San Gabriel
Russell’s 30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena
Jake’s Diner & Billard Club 38 W Colorado Blve, Pasadena
Twohey’s 1224 N Atlantic Blvd, Alhambra
The Counter 2901 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
Rustic Canyon, 1119 Wilshire Boulevard, at 12th Street
Bar Marmont, 8171 West Sunset Boulevard, at Havenhurst Drive
Toni's Soul Burger, 1035 South Prairie Avenue, at East Hardy Street
25 Degrees Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Buffalo Fire Department, 1261 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance
25 Degrees Restaurant
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1224 N Atlantic Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801
10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
15 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292
8171 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Outlaws Bar & Grill
230 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Buffalo Fire Department
1261 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
540 N Azusa Ave, Covina, CA 91722
1035 S Prairie Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301