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Jun 12, 2006 04:48 PM

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.


      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.