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ISO a good Burger/Repost not enough replies...please help!

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

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    Norm RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 04:57 PM

    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.

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

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      TomSwift RE: Norm Jun 8, 2006 05:34 PM

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

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        Ollie RE: TomSwift Jun 8, 2006 05:38 PM

        Does Gorikees have a website?

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          TomSwift RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 06:26 PM

          Not that I'm aware of.

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      Burger Boy RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 05:01 PM

      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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        sel RE: Burger Boy Jun 8, 2006 05:06 PM

        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.

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          Burger Boy RE: sel Jun 8, 2006 05:16 PM

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

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            markn RE: Burger Boy Jun 9, 2006 07:56 PM

            Rocky's closed a couple months ago.

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            Burger Boy RE: sel Jun 8, 2006 05:17 PM

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

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              kevin RE: Burger Boy Jun 9, 2006 12:59 AM

              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.

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                Burger Boy RE: kevin Jun 9, 2006 12:53 PM

                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.

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                  kevin RE: Burger Boy Jun 14, 2006 02:31 AM

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

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            Ollie RE: Burger Boy Jun 8, 2006 05:21 PM

            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!

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              malibumike RE: Ollie Jun 10, 2006 12:35 PM

              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.

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            David Kahn RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 05:23 PM

            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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              slbear RE: David Kahn Jun 8, 2006 05:40 PM

              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.

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                jesse RE: David Kahn Jun 8, 2006 06:25 PM

                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

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                  Jack Flash RE: jesse Jun 8, 2006 10:29 PM

                  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.

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                    SpongeBobSquarePegs RE: Jack Flash Jun 9, 2006 11:31 AM

                    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.

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                      jesse RE: Jack Flash Jun 9, 2006 01:01 PM

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

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                  MeowMixx RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 05:48 PM

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

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                    Ollie RE: MeowMixx Jun 8, 2006 05:51 PM

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

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                      sc RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 06:02 PM

                      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.

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                        Norm RE: Ollie Jun 9, 2006 04:03 AM

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

                        Link: http://www.nookbistro.com

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                      Ollie RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 06:53 PM

                      Good suggestions/replies. Keep'em coming guys!

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                        Wes RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 07:20 PM

                        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

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                          marshrat RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 07:57 PM

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

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                            JBC RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 08:01 PM

                            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:

                            & More


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

                            2518 Wilshire Blvd.
                            Santa Monica
                            (310) 449-1171

                            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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                              Elaine RE: JBC Jun 8, 2006 08:12 PM

                              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.

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                                JBC RE: Elaine Jun 8, 2006 09:29 PM

                                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.

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                                Ollie RE: JBC Jun 8, 2006 08:16 PM

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

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                                  JBC RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 08:49 PM

                                  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.

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                                    kevin RE: JBC Jun 9, 2006 12:55 AM

                                    have you tried the boneyard burger yet?

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                                wilafur RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 08:20 PM

                                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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                                  Ollie RE: wilafur Jun 8, 2006 08:32 PM

                                  Pete's in downtown, where exactly/approximately.

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                                    wilafur RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 09:40 PM

                                    google is your best friend

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

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                                  Mr Grub RE: Ollie Jun 8, 2006 09:14 PM

                                  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.

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                                    gj RE: Ollie Jun 9, 2006 02:55 PM

                                    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.

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                                      Macdonald RE: Ollie Jun 9, 2006 05:34 PM

                                      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

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                                        nrique RE: Ollie Jun 9, 2006 05:39 PM

                                        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.

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                                          malibumike RE: Ollie Jun 10, 2006 12:48 PM

                                          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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                                            Ollie RE: malibumike Jun 10, 2006 12:56 PM

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

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                                            Ollie RE: Ollie Jun 27, 2006 05:11 PM

                                            Thanks for all the replies Guys!

                                            1. bigsleep RE: Ollie Jun 27, 2006 05:50 PM

                                              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.

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                                                mc michael RE: Ollie Jun 28, 2006 05:25 PM

                                                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. tatertots RE: Ollie Jun 28, 2006 07:15 PM

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

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                                                    tissue RE: Ollie Jun 28, 2006 07:24 PM

                                                    I like the burger at Ford's Filling Station.

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                                                      writebites RE: Ollie Jun 28, 2006 07:43 PM

                                                      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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                                                        Ollie RE: writebites Jun 29, 2006 05:58 PM

                                                        Do U have a link/address?

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                                                        Wes RE: Ollie Jun 29, 2006 06:22 PM


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                                                          enzoandlulu RE: Ollie Jun 29, 2006 07:00 PM

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

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                                                            Ollie RE: enzoandlulu Jun 29, 2006 08:02 PM

                                                            Yes, dissapointing!

                                                          2. davinagr RE: Ollie Jun 29, 2006 07:57 PM

                                                            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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                                                              Ollie RE: davinagr Jun 29, 2006 08:02 PM

                                                              Yes, Dissapointing as well, overrated.

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