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