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best cheeseburger in los angeles & Santa Monica area restaurants

Malloy Rosenzweig Jun 12, 2006 04:48 PM

Does anyone have recommendations?

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    JBC RE: Malloy Rosenzweig Jun 12, 2006 05:08 PM

    With a last name of Rosenzweig, you should probably try the "Zweig" Burger at:

    Snug Harbor
    2323 Wilshire Blvd.
    Santa Monica
    (310) 828-299

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      jesse RE: JBC Jun 12, 2006 05:37 PM

      any relation to snug harbor on frenchman street in new orleans? one of best jazz clubs (and burgers) in the city there.

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        JBC RE: jesse Jun 13, 2006 09:38 AM

        I really don't think there is any relationship. Snug Harbor is, maybe, Santa monica's 2nd oldest restaurant opening in 1948; The Galley opened 1934. It is just a WWII diner and has no live music.

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          jesse RE: JBC Jun 13, 2006 11:57 AM

          thanks for the info/never knew it existed here...if ever in the big ez, check out the other snug harbor for some terrific jazz and nice folks and, of course, tasty vittles

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      David Kahn RE: Malloy Rosenzweig Jun 12, 2006 05:19 PM

      There was a good burger thread just a couple of weeks ago (linked below). Definitely worth checking out.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        food good RE: Malloy Rosenzweig Jun 12, 2006 06:32 PM

        The Counter in SM or Manhattan Beach Brewing Co.

        Although I also like the hickory burger at Apple Pan.

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          PaulF RE: Malloy Rosenzweig Jun 12, 2006 07:05 PM

          I like San Francisco Saloon on Pico just west of the 405.

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            wilafur RE: PaulF Jun 13, 2006 03:15 PM

            and their turkey burgers are pretty damn good as well.

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              mollyomormon RE: PaulF May 3, 2007 04:42 PM

              This used to be my go-to place for a burger in a laid back atmosphere, but they've changed the burger (and raised the prices). Now, instead on a thick patty cooked to order, you get a thin, pre-formed patty cooked until it's grey. So sad because I loved this place!

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                Jase RE: mollyomormon May 3, 2007 04:49 PM

                How strange. My first time there was this past Saturday, finally after all the reco's. They cooked to order and it was a thick patty. I did think it was a touch pricy at $9.50 but it included a big pile of fries. I liked it enough to come back and try the other options.

                I wonder if they changed back after your visit and if its because people complained.

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                  mollyomormon RE: Jase May 3, 2007 04:54 PM

                  Oh, your post gives me hope!! I hadn't been back since January when, two visits in a row, I received the patties I described above. I talked to the waitress about how much better the old burgers were and she was sweet, but said she didn't realize there had been a change. I'll definitely go back and try again now because I'll be thrilled if, as your post suggests, they've gone back to the old patties. Thank you!

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                    Jase RE: mollyomormon May 3, 2007 05:01 PM

                    Oh good. It was my first visit so no comparison to previous. But they cooked mine medium rare as requested and it had a nice char on it and pink and juicy. I'll try it rare next time and see how they do. Certainly wasn't a gray Sysco patty.

                    It'd be interested to hear how it compared to the original. Did it revert back or are there slight changes.

                    I definitely loved the atmoshere. I'm within walking distance and it looks like the kind of place where I have some good food and drink and just walk home.

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                      mollyomormon RE: Jase May 3, 2007 05:17 PM

                      I used to be a regular there for that exact reason. Just a fun, chill place to grab a beer and a good (rare...definitely have them cook it for you this way next time) burger with friends. I'm going to head back there this weekend and I'll report back!

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              kevin RE: Malloy Rosenzweig Jun 14, 2006 02:29 AM

              cora's coffee shoppe.

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                Evan G RE: kevin May 5, 2007 09:15 AM

                Cora's makes a mean burger.

                Unfortunately, I probably won't be going back after my wife and her mother were treated very poorly there. They asked for a table in the shade, sat down, and after they had their food, the host came over and asked them to move so a couple with a stroller--which had a sun canopy--could sit there. The couple looked rich and probably complained about sitting in the sun, but there's no way a restaurant should ask you to move after you've been seated.

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                pbodyslim RE: Malloy Rosenzweig May 3, 2007 04:11 PM

                nook has a damn fine burger, santa monica just east of bundy in west la. it's a restaurant so you should make a resbo

                1. scrappydog RE: Malloy Rosenzweig May 3, 2007 05:03 PM

                  Arnie Morton's and Nic and Stefs both do good burgers, only on the lunch menus.

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                    Venice Dino RE: scrappydog May 3, 2007 06:20 PM

                    Apple Pan hands down but also....

                    Howards, Home of the famous bacon avacado burger - Sepulveda and venice great burger!

                    Marty's pico and prosser - order the combo grilled butterflied dog on burger

                    The Shack one of my fav's also the shack burger has a grilled chicago polish sausage on top of the burger - one in santa monica on 26th and Wilshire and one in Playa del Rey
                    The Counter
                    i think thats a great start

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                      handlertaper RE: Venice Dino May 4, 2007 07:16 PM

                      The Grill in Beverly Hills is my favorite (although expensive!)! I also love Howards (as Venice Dino also mentioned).

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                    condiment RE: Malloy Rosenzweig May 4, 2007 07:39 PM

                    Is this the part where somebody invariably mentions Pie n' Burger? Very well then.

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                      handlertaper RE: condiment May 4, 2007 09:44 PM

                      I love Pie n' Burger and have been known to drive from the Westside to Pasadena for lunch for a burger there!!! Much better than the Apple Pan I think!!!

                    2. bigtums RE: Malloy Rosenzweig May 5, 2007 08:54 AM

                      How about the burgers at King's Texas BBQ on Sunset and Figueroa St.?

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                        TailbackU RE: Malloy Rosenzweig May 5, 2007 09:02 AM

                        Father's Office in Santa Monica. Great sweet potato fries as well.

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                          yehfromthebay RE: Malloy Rosenzweig May 5, 2007 09:07 AM

                          Bar Marmont! I don't know how they spice their burgers but they are dammmmn good. The fries are tasty too.

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