ISO a good Burger/Repost not enough replies...please help!
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
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
655 W 7th St
San Pedro 90731
Btwn S Gaffey St & S Grand Ave
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.
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.
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:
The Shack Signature Burger - topped with a grilled & butterflied Louisiana Hot Link - $6.75
2518 Wilshire Blvd.
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
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.
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
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.
re: David Kahn
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
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