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Burgers on eastside?

ronsilverado Sep 9, 2013 02:44 PM

I drew a total blank this weekend trying to think of a place other than Umami to get a decent in burger in the Los Feliz/Silver Lake/Echo Park area. I've heard Hyperion Public's is good, despite all of the other underwhelming reviews that have kept me from trying it. Barbrix $8 burger after 10pm is good, but sometimes I want to eat before 10pm. Any ideas?

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    TailbackU Sep 20, 2013 03:08 PM

    a little further west but not by much, Oaks Gourmet right by the Gelson's on Franklin does one of the best burgers in the city imo. They also carry a lot of interesting beers and wines as well as an excellent cheese selection.

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      Sam D. Sep 12, 2013 03:51 PM

      I agree with the recs for The Fix Burger.

      Also, Troy Burger serves up a very decent burger and some tasty fries. The burger goes for about $3. It's on York Blvd. in Highland Park,

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      1. re: Sam D.
        wanderlustre Sep 19, 2013 06:42 PM

        Yup, The Fix. Excellent burgers with no pretentiousness. The buns are really the only let-down here, dissolved by the juicy patties. Self serve pickles and chilis are a great bonus, though.

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        chinchi Sep 11, 2013 08:04 AM

        The burger at Golden Road Brewery on the outskirts of Atwater Village is delicious.

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          granadafan Sep 11, 2013 09:45 PM

          Yes to the burgers. Great atmosphere and very good beer.

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          b. delish Sep 10, 2013 07:29 PM

          I've heard the burger at Storefront is good, but, I've yet to try it. I know it's a little further east, but, The Spice Table has a decent burger.

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          1. re: b. delish
            ronsilverado Sep 11, 2013 08:50 PM

            Storefront is, sadly, no more. I miss it everyday. Anybody know what happened there?

          2. Mr Taster Sep 10, 2013 05:29 PM

            Re: the area you're describing (Los Feliz/Silver Lake/Echo Park), I like Oinkster.

            But, just a quick clarification re: nomenclature


            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster
              mrhooks Sep 22, 2013 11:28 AM

              Nice resource, although there is plenty to debate. For example, IIRC I've seen city signs for South Park not far from Hygge Bakery (where I haven't been since the original baker left), much further north than the map delineates. I've definitely seen/heard that part of LA referred to as South Park by locals and in local papers.

              Part of the Eastside/Westside debate stems from some people not considering there could be something in between. I think a lot of people think of anything east of Hollywood (or even anything that isn't the Westside, whatever that may be) as the Eastside.

              1. re: mrhooks
                Servorg Sep 22, 2013 11:43 AM

                Imagine if you lived at Avalon on Catalina...Santa Monica would be the east side.

            2. perk Sep 10, 2013 11:35 AM

              I haven't been for quite a while, but I had a really nice burger at Little Dom's and Cafe Stella.

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              1. re: perk
                JeMange Sep 10, 2013 11:45 AM

                Cafe Stella does have a solid burger but I think it's close to $17 if not more. Also, you used to have to sit at the bar to order it. Not sure if that rule still stands given their not-so-recent expansion.

              2. tenxtone76 Sep 10, 2013 06:02 AM

                I lived in Atwater for 3 years, and I must say you have me stumped too!

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                  Briggs Sep 10, 2013 01:46 AM

                  The Bucket on Eagle Rock Blvd has been there 70+ years I believe. Very tasty burger. Other good choices are Astro Coffee Shop on Fletcher & Glendale, the York, Fusion, Home.

                  IMHO tho, the best burger value is Gary Bric's Ramp in Burbank by the airport.

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                  1. re: Briggs
                    cujo Sep 10, 2013 09:28 AM

                    The Bucket was sold some years ago. Is it still the same recipe? For a fast food chain in the area, I agree Astro on Fletcher is the best one.

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                      Briggs Sep 10, 2013 02:16 PM

                      Not to quibble (especially since we're in agreement), but I wouldn't say the Astro is part of a fast food chain. It's a coffee house (housed in one of the original Conran's), and has no relation to the Astro Burgers in Weho.

                      As for the Bucket, it's been sold a number of times over the last 20 years, the last being 4 or 5 years ago. The current owners seemed to have made a go of it.

                      I wasn't around 70 years ago, but from what I remember, the menu is the same from when I first went 15 years ago, and which I was told, dated back to Julio's time. So yes, it's the same tiny grill, and the same home-made thick sliced potato chips, with some new (but not too many) additions.

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                        cujo Sep 10, 2013 04:55 PM

                        If the Astro Burger locations are unrelated, how do they get to use the same name without a lawsuit? Strange.
                        I do remember Julio, the original owner of The Bucket Nice man. The place did a booming business with Occi college students

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                          JeMange Sep 10, 2013 05:19 PM

                          The answer is because they're not all called Astro Burger.

                          The one on Fletcher - which was referenced above - is Astro Family Restaurant, which I believe is owned by the same people that own Jan's Family Restaurant - one daughter was named Jan, the other had "Astro" for a nickname.

                          The Astro Burger restaurants in Hollywood and WeHo are not connected to Astro Family Restaurant.

                          1. re: JeMange
                            cujo Sep 10, 2013 05:24 PM

                            THanks for explaining this. Jan's has a very ngood burger, too.

                  2. annagranfors Sep 9, 2013 11:40 PM

                    JeMange...amen. Its hipness quotient has seemingly elapsed, but I'd still take a Yuca's burger (or two) over any of the overpriced "nu-burgers" around. Or just get one, and get a taco de cochinita pibil. You win either way.

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                    1. re: annagranfors
                      ipsedixit Sep 10, 2013 05:54 AM

                      This *is* the answer.

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        Servorg Sep 10, 2013 06:11 AM

                        It certainly can be an answer, but at other times I like to sit down, have table service and choose from a plethora of beers to wash down my burger.

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                        granadafan Sep 10, 2013 08:48 PM

                        Is Yuca's on Hollywood and Vermont? Isn't that a Mexican restaurant?

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                          cujo Sep 10, 2013 09:13 PM

                          The original Yuca is on Hillhurst above Franklin.

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                            ipsedixit Sep 11, 2013 04:16 AM

                            The fact that it is a Mexican restaurant makes its burgers all that much better.

                            My previous explanation here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8923...

                            1. re: granadafan
                              JeMange Sep 11, 2013 11:44 AM

                              I've never had a burger from the newer location. I'm talking about the stand on Hillhurst.

                              I usually opt for the double cheese - in fact, I'm going to have one for lunch - lots of black pepper and ideal char from the most perfectly seasoned flattop in LA.

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                            ronsilverado Sep 9, 2013 05:43 PM

                            Venturing a little further out, is Taylor's burger any good? FWIW, Comme Ca is probably my favorite burger in LA, would love to find something along those lines...

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                            1. re: ronsilverado
                              cujo Sep 9, 2013 06:02 PM

                              Yes, Taylor's has an excellent burger. I forgot about them. You can dine in or take out.

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                                Sam D. Sep 20, 2013 02:25 PM

                                I have been a big fan of Taylor's for decades. But I think the burger they serve is the one item that is pretty wretched. I've given them 3 tries and each time the burger patty had an awful off-taste.

                                1. re: Sam D.
                                  cujo Sep 20, 2013 03:40 PM

                                  That's odd. They grind their own blend. If you like their steaks, you should like their burgers, too. It's the same meat.

                              2. re: ronsilverado
                                ipsedixit Sep 9, 2013 07:23 PM

                                If you're willing to go out to Taylor's, might as well then just go to Golden State.

                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                  cujo Sep 9, 2013 07:32 PM

                                  The OP lives in the los feliz/silver lake area and wants a place close by. Golden State is on Fairfax. Taylor's is off Normandie, which is very close by,

                              3. JAB Sep 9, 2013 04:59 PM

                                Fatburger for a decent chain burger right up the street from Umami.

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                                  cujo Sep 9, 2013 04:41 PM

                                  The Park on lower Sunset Blvd has great burgers and at reasonable prices. Everything else on the menu is quite good as well. The owner, Josh, is a self taught chef. His star is on the rise.

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                                  1. re: cujo
                                    andytseng Sep 10, 2013 01:35 PM

                                    +1 on their burger.
                                    They used to do a $5 burger on Wednesdays IIRC. I don't know if they still do it, but it was a solid value. I think The Park is a solid neighborhood joint, but that's about it.

                                    1. re: andytseng
                                      cujo Sep 10, 2013 01:58 PM

                                      Josh still has the wednesday burger deal. i agree that The Park is a solid neighborhood deal. I think Josh is going to be a fine chef in the near future.

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                                    linus Sep 9, 2013 04:16 PM

                                    the burgers at oinkster were always pretty darn good.

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                                    1. re: linus
                                      JeMange Sep 9, 2013 05:54 PM

                                      I think the quality of the oinkster burger has gone way down hill. I stopped ordering them when they went to machine-formed patties.

                                      At first, I actually complained about the machine formed patties. They were kind enough to reply that they had heard from their customers and were switching back. That lasted all of a few weeks.


                                      1. re: JeMange
                                        linus Sep 9, 2013 09:44 PM

                                        well its been a coupla years since ive been. they used to be good.

                                    2. JeMange Sep 9, 2013 04:13 PM

                                      Jay's Bar - in the mini-mall where Garage Pizza is located (and owned by the same folks) - has a solid burger and fantastic fries. Their poutine is a gut bomb but is really tasty as well.

                                      Second Fusion Buger, which is basically an Umami clone.

                                      I find that The Fix overcharges and under-delivers.

                                      And lest we forget Yuca's... easily one of the tastiest burgers in the city!

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                                      1. re: JeMange
                                        Servorg Sep 9, 2013 04:30 PM

                                        If Fusion Burger is in the mix we might as well stir Slater's 50/50 Burger http://www.slaters5050.com/ in Pasadena into the stew too.

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                                        Johnny L Sep 9, 2013 03:24 PM

                                        Fusion Burger in Highland Park isnt too far away.

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                                        1. re: Johnny L
                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 9, 2013 04:54 PM

                                          Really enjoyed Fusion's burger when I was there. Need to get back there soon.

                                        2. The Oracle Sep 9, 2013 03:19 PM

                                          The York on York (Highland Park) churns out a great burger!

                                          1. TripleAxel Sep 9, 2013 03:05 PM

                                            Perhaps also try Takuma's?


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                                            1. re: TripleAxel
                                              Papuli Sep 22, 2013 07:12 PM

                                              Oh, wow. Anyone been yet?

                                            2. TripleAxel Sep 9, 2013 03:00 PM

                                              Fix Burger on Hyperion, just south of Hyperion Public.

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                                              1. re: TripleAxel
                                                yd914 Sep 25, 2013 11:23 AM

                                                I second this. Best burger I've had in LA. Hyperion Public isn't bad, but not spectacular IMO. I also frequent juicy burger often, but more for their super starchy fries than for their burgers.

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