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best cheeseburger in los angeles & Santa Monica area restaurants

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Does anyone have recommendations?

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  1. 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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    1. re: JBC

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

      1. re: jesse

        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.

        1. re: JBC

          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

    2. 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/...

      1. The Counter in SM or Manhattan Beach Brewing Co.

        Although I also like the hickory burger at Apple Pan.

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

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          1. re: PaulF

            and their turkey burgers are pretty damn good as well.

            1. re: PaulF

              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!

              1. re: mollyomormon

                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.

                1. re: Jase

                  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!

                  1. re: mollyomormon

                    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.

                    1. re: Jase

                      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!

            2. cora's coffee shoppe.

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              1. re: kevin

                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.

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

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                  1. re: scrappydog

                    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

                    1. re: Venice Dino

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

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

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                    1. re: condiment

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

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

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