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  • Ollie Jun 8, 2006 04:45 PM

Looking for a "Counter Restaurant Style" burger or just a "damn good, decent sized, tasty burger" anywhere in mainly, the San Fernando Valley, or just L.A. County for that matter. L.A. is full of greasy "burger joints". What I'm looking for are places that stand out. Places that are worth recommending, bragging about.

I found about "The Counter" burger in Santa Monica here, from you chowhounds! Although there are folks that either like or hate "The Counter" I really like it!

Although I don't mind driving for good food, what I don't like is having to drive to Santa Monica whenever I need my "Counter" fix! So please help this "Burger Cravin' Man". If U post a reply with a location suggestion, all I ask is that U give me the name of the joint & the approximate cross streets. or a web link if the joint has one
Thanks.

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  1. For one of the best burgers in the SFV and LA County, I nominate the Wimmpy Burger at Gorikee. I think it's only available during lunch though.

    Gorikee
    21799 Ventura Blvd. (by Topanga Canyon Blvd)
    Woodland Hills
    (818) 932-9149

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    1. re: Norm

      It is only available at lunch. You take your life in your hands if you attempt to order it at dinner. Damn shame.

      1. re: TomSwift

        Does Gorikees have a website?

        1. re: Ollie

          Not that I'm aware of.

    2. 26 Beach they make their own buns and patties, 12-15 different burgers
      3100 Washington Venice

      Cassell's on 6th 2 blocks west of Vermont

      Greasy Burger Places

      Rocky's in Studio City on Lankershim

      Julios the Bucket on west side of Eagle Rock Blvd a few blocks south of Colorado

      Texas King BBQ on Sunset at Figueroa

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        Like all of your suggestions BB but I couldn't find Rocky's last week, it may have gone the way of Mo Betta Meaty Meat Burgers.

        1. re: sel

          It is a Bar on the corner, it might be 3 or 4 blocks north of Universal on the west side of street

          1. re: Burger Boy

            Rocky's closed a couple months ago.

          2. re: sel

            Have you been to The Bucket, I have not been in 2 years. Wondering if it is still good ggod?

            1. re: Burger Boy

              th bucket sucked, i had it a few months back, a lot of meat, but it tasted terrible, even wet style.

              the auntime em's cupcake from across the street saved the day at least sort of.

              1. re: kevin

                things change unfortunatly, cassells used to be better when it was origanl owners. I am still in morning over what happend to Jay's Jay Burgers, life goes on.

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  jay's was awesome esp. with the fresh squeezed lemonade and cheap too. it's what tommy's wishes it could be.

          3. re: Burger Boy

            I've been to BBQ King...IMHO, overrated, & service is slower than Molasses. Been to Cassells, pricey for a "backyard style" burger. Been to the Bucket, good sh*t! I like they're Cardiac Burger! Thanks for the tips, keep'em coming!

            1. re: Ollie

              You are so right about BBQ King, It is the size of a dinner plate but has no flavor and the wait is not worth it.

          4. My favorite high-end burger in town is the prime sirloin burger (with cheddar and sauteed mushrooms) on the lunch menu at Arnie Morton's. Perfectly seasoned and cooked, massively juicy and flavorful -- it's worth every penny of the $13 they charge. Comes with fries, but they will substitute sauteed spinach or other veggies if you like. Plus, white linen table cloths, attentive service, and a glass of good red if you want. Seriously delicious.

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            1. re: David Kahn

              I second Morton's. Best damn burger ever.
              It's only available for lunch though.

              I also like the burger from Houston's, but they raised the price to $12 now... which I find Morton's to be now a better deal.

              1. re: David Kahn

                I agree re arnie mortons...this is a seriously thick and well chargrilled on the outside burger...real flavorful meat...i go for the blue cheese, but this one is tasty no matter what, with fresh tomato etc...you can sit in a table in the barroom too if you're feeling casual....a steal for 13 bucks given the size and quality

                1. re: jesse

                  Do they serve the burger at all Arnie Mortons establishments? I just might have to visit the downtown location when I can take a slightly longer lunchbreak.

                  1. re: Jack Flash
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                    I've enjoyed the burger at the downtown Mortons. Do be careful about the temp when you order it. I ordered my burger medium rare, but the middle was pretty much raw.

                    1. re: Jack Flash

                      not sure about all, but i go to the downtown one and great burger there

                2. I've heard great things about the burger at Hungry Cat..... and Nook.....

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                  1. re: MeowMixx

                    OK so where are these places, address, cross street, website, something. Thanks

                    1. re: Ollie

                      google the name of restaurant?

                      or search in http://losangeles.citysearch.com/, not the best place for reviews, but at least there's address and map.

                      1. re: Ollie

                        Nook Bistro
                        11628 Santa Monica Blvd
                        West Los Angeles
                        (310) 207-5160

                        Link: http://www.nookbistro.com

                    2. Good suggestions/replies. Keep'em coming guys!
                      Thanks

                      1. The best burger I have found is at George Petrelli's Steak House.

                        LARGE, very flavorful fresh ground quality, tasty beef.

                        They grind there own and will cook to order.
                        I like Medium rare, and that's the way it comes.

                        George Petrelli's Steak House
                        5615 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA
                        (310) 397-1438

                        1. I like the burgers at the Bob's Big Boy on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake. And a fun place to go too.

                          1. For The Valley's Gourmet Burger:

                            Red Oak Grilled " American Kobe" Burger *St. Agur Blue Cheese or Aged Cheddar Cheese * Nueskes" Applewood Bacon * House Made Smoked Onion Aloli * French Fries - $17.00 ~ With Pan Seared Foie Gras $30.00.

                            Boneyard Bistro - Dinner Only (still on the ever-changing menu?)
                            13539 Ventura Blvd.
                            Sherman Oaks
                            (818) 906-7427

                            Question for Anyone - Does The Hamberger Hamlet on Van Nuys have anything of chowing value to offer?

                            FYI - Just for Variety's sake, there are Ethnic Valley Burgers:

                            French
                            Greek
                            Jamacian
                            Mediterranean
                            Pacific
                            Argentinian
                            & More

                            NON-Valley
                            ---------------------------

                            The Shack Signature Burger - topped with a grilled & butterflied Louisiana Hot Link - $6.75

                            2518 Wilshire Blvd.
                            Santa Monica
                            (310) 449-1171
                            http://www.shacksm.com

                            The Latina Burger - $8.00 but can, don't have to, pile on the add-ons to a big burger $$$ number.

                            Posh On Pico - Use link for Picture & more

                            Link: http://www.poshonpico.com

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                            1. re: JBC

                              Went to the Hamburger Hamlet on Van Nuys a while back (six months?). Thought the "sliders" sounded interesting--four different tiny burgers. They were awful. Really awful. I don't think I'll ever go back there.

                              1. re: Elaine

                                I was afraid of that. I use to go as a kid but haven't been back in over 10 years as the Brentwood branch was like yucca-t(r)ash. It's to bad Norman's doesn't make a gourmet Burger! Maybe I'll E-mail them!?

                                Or maybe a pressed cuban sandwich made with any leftovers from the Friday night pig roast. Served only after 8 p.m. Friday night.

                              2. re: JBC

                                Thanks JBC! This folks is the type of reply I'm looking for.

                                1. re: Ollie

                                  I have to go watch the NBA game in about 20 minutes, but which of those burgers I mentioned did you want to try the most?

                                  Because I may know more Burgers in that type or category.

                                  1. re: JBC

                                    have you tried the boneyard burger yet?

                              3. the hellman burger at pete's in downtown is pretty darn good. add an order of blue cheese fries and a beer and i'm in heaven.

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                                1. re: wilafur

                                  Pete's in downtown, where exactly/approximately.

                                  1. re: Ollie

                                    google is your best friend

                                    Link: http://www.petescafe.com/

                                2. 3 suggestions for $10 & over category (2 alrady mentioned below):
                                  Hungry Cat (Vine nr Sunset) -- Pugburger is the ultimate greasebomb burger. First-rate meat they'll keep rare on slathered & grilled bread w bacon & cheese. Think patty melt of your dreams. Bring along your cardiologist.
                                  Hellman Burger (Pete's -- 4th/Main downtown) Good meat, cooked rare.
                                  Outlaws (Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, blk or so from beach) -- love Jack the Ripper -- there's that blue cheese & bacon again.

                                  Among less costly choices, the Grubster still prefers Cassell's (6th/Berendo, Koreatown) flash-cooked in their two-sided grill contraption w their always fresh condiments.

                                  1. Forget all these 19.99 hoity-toity burgers, go to Fresh and Meatty Burger on FLorence near 8th and order their King Burger special (under $6, includes great fries plus small soda). Excellent hamburger in the tradition of the dear, departed Meatty Meat Burger.

                                    1. The Big Mike Burger in San Pedro is insane. It is a huge hand-formed patty served with cheese, red onions, etc. but the pièce de résistance is the hot link they include in it.

                                      The burgers take about 20 minutes to cook and this place has ZERO ambience, but once you try the Big Mike burger you will crave it! The combo with fries and a drink runs about $7 and they also have BBQ ribs which I have yet to try but they look great.


                                      Big Mike
                                      655 W 7th St
                                      San Pedro 90731
                                      Btwn S Gaffey St & S Grand Ave
                                      (310) 514-1915

                                      1. Wow, there are a lot of joints, nothing on the east side.
                                        So I guess I am going to have to join in.

                                        The Burger Basket
                                        S. Atlantic Blvd. (just past Olympic look for the Midas Muffler shop. It's rightnext door)
                                        Closes at 1 or 2pm.
                                        Not open Sat. or Sun.
                                        East Los Angeles

                                        Noting gourmet, just good solid trucker food. I knew the owner as a kid, he made the best burger I ever had. The current owners all learned from him. They take a patty slap some fresh oinion into it and then put it on the griddle. If your looking for a good old fashion Truck stop eater, this is the place. It has around 10 counter seats, three small tables(2 seats) and two larger tables(4seats). It's so small it feels like your eating in someones kitchen!
                                        A great joint.

                                        1. In the "Old" days the best tasting burgers were found at the tiny corner hamburger stands, well most Disappeared because of real estate costs, some evolved like in n out, but Today the old corner stand has evolved into the lunch wagon, mind you not all are great but some are, you just have to experiment and find one you like.

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                                          1. re: malibumike

                                            OK Mike thanks for the commentary, but what is your suggestions on where to go?

                                          2. Thanks for all the replies Guys!

                                            1. Pug Burger - Hungry Cat. Sunset & Vine - great meat - messy - delicious bacon, blue cheese, avocado and on Sunday's at brunch, a fried egg.
                                              The Nook - good burger
                                              Jack's Classic Burger - corner of Riverside Drive, Tujunga & Camarillo in Studio City/Valley Village - great stand - makes a great bacon egg cheeseburger and good chili burgers and my wife likes the plain ole burger with ketchup and mustard
                                              Tried 25 degrees on HW in Hotel Roosevelt - might have to retry - service was slow b/c they only had two waitresses servicing the whole place. My burger came out well done for rare - sent it back - came back med. Gave up. Nice attempt - kind of similar to counter but much more hot life.
                                              Rocky's - was my favorite burger in LA - "Mofo Burger" - but alas, RIP. There are grumblings that Steve is trying to find a new location to open again - possibly in North Hollywood.
                                              Grill on the Alley, in Beverly Hills has a pretty decent burger. Old school restaurant.
                                              Tried "The Stand" in Encino - no deal. was very disappointing. Bascially, an offshoot of the Daily Grill.
                                              I do like Carney's in Studio City on Ventura Blvd. but it's kind of a grease pit. But pretty decent.
                                              If I think of more I'll post.

                                              1. Probably the best burger deal is the $2 cheeseburger at McCormick & Schmick's (downtown branch anyway) happy hour. Houston's will work with you on ingredients. You want mushrooms? You want Thai peanut sauce? Just ask. You can intermittently get a good burger at Fat Burger if you schmooze the staff and insist on medium rare (or whatever) and watch 'em. Some like the sliders at Pie N Burger in Pasadena. A moment of silence for the late lamented Thai American Express Cafe burger.....

                                                1. Throwin' my 2 cents in: Father's Office - Santa Monica, Delicious!

                                                  1. I like the burger at Ford's Filling Station.

                                                    1. check out Hamburger Hadley's posts, on A Hamburger Today website. Hadley reports on L.A. burgers. he's your guy!

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                                                      1. re: writebites

                                                        Do U have a link/address?

                                                      2. http://ahamburgertoday.com/

                                                        1. Love Pie & Burger in Pasadena -- on California, just east of Lake -- great greasy spoon breakfasts, too (delicious very thin pancakes).

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                                                          1. re: enzoandlulu

                                                            Yes, dissapointing!

                                                          2. Have you been to Zigs on White Oak in Reseda. I always thought the meat was a cut above and I love the Bullet with Ortega Chiles and Chedder with lots of mustard. Killer milkshakes also.

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                                                            1. re: davinagr

                                                              Yes, Dissapointing as well, overrated.