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What's your favorite burger shack hood shack burger around South Los Angeles, covering some of what used to be called South Central Los Angeles, although it is no longer referred to as such for the past decade and a half or so, not included chains of cour

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    and usually serve triple chili cheese burgers as well as bacon and or turkey bacon with turkey burgers and topped with dirty griddled pastrami and fried eggs.

    The messier, the better.

    The more artery clogging, the better.

    The bigger, the better.

    Just sayin'

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    1. re: kevin

      There's a place on Adams Blvd. right next to a firewood seller and though it's not technically in South Central it's kind of getting there. I forget its name but it also does some BBQ, but the burgers are better.

      1. re: EarlyBird

        That's J n J and it's almost to Culver City

        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          It's not that close to Culver. It's in West Adams, which is generally considered South LA, if not "South Central."


          1. re: EarlyBird

            I think it's pretty close to Culver City. You're still in Culver on Washington west of La Cienega. Cross La Cienega, one block, make a right turn on Adams, go a couple of blocks and JnJ is right there on your right.

        2. re: EarlyBird

          I think you mean J n J Burgers.

          Their desserts, especiallly the sweet potato pie, is killer.

          Actually I've only ever tried their BBBQ and pies.

        3. re: kevin

          Master Burger and Fred's both qualify as South LA. Though in addition to the Slauson/Crenshaw Master, there's one on Adams just east of Crenshaw.

          Both Master and Fred's have inexpensive decent burgers. For under $10 one can go for the type of life-shortening gluttonous behemoths with multiple patties, cheese, bacon (or pastrami), egg, chili. Both can be somewhat slow, especially Fred's.

        4. The Grizzly Bear at Three Bears in Athens Park

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          1. re: A5 KOBE

            Just Yelped it. You didn't eat that whole thing did ya?

            1. re: JAB

              Sadly, the Grizzly Bear conquered me. There is only so much grease the human body can endure, and the fries only compounded to it.

              1. re: A5 KOBE

                What you ate was good though? I'm down that way sometimes but I'm almost never South of Imperial on Fig.

                1. re: JAB

                  Not worthy tbh. I just ran into the place and it took forever and was basically a grease bomb. It was average tasting and really grease. Standard ketchup, mayo, and mustard. It was just to great of an experience not to post all things considered. One thing is for sure, you will have some great stories to share with your friends.

                  After putting down my burger, I took a drink out of my bottled water and where my hand was literally covered in beef fat. Lol, then there was the guy inside waiting with us and his stories. Truly a unique experience. Did I mention the fries were as greasy as the burger? Mind you, we were eating this out of the trunk of a car in the middle of the hood, probably the only people not African American. Sort of like the Langers entertainment experience but with more action and lesser food.

                  For pure experience yes. For food, I would pass.

          2. Burger Stand, Crenshaw just south of Jefferson. Particularly the turkey burgers.

            1. Not sure if this counts, but I like the Burger Plaza Grill at the Mercado La Paloma.

              The burger reminds me of a larger version of Yuca's burger.

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                1. My 2 favorite hood burger joints in dat hood:

                  Mom's Burgers
                  Hawkins House of Burgers

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                  1. re: chrishei

                    Do you think the Hawkins burger is just good to look at, or does it actually taste good?

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      The whipper is a bit excessive, but it's good. Still, better to get it w/o all the mess.

                      1. re: chrishei

                        A big fan of Hawkins House of Burgers. My usual order is a Double Cheeseburger With a Hot Link. A lot of food for a reasonable price.

                        The Whipper is a Double Cheeseburger with Pastrami and a Hot Link.

                        1. re: Norm Man

                          I can't believe I've only been to the now defunct location in Pasadena of Hawkin's House of Burgers.

                          But anyhow, a double chili cheeseburger there was just about the penultimate paragon to end all paradigms of what I might just be looking for.

                          And yes I do like Fred's Down Home burgers a lot.

                          And I also like the Royale at B and R Burgers. And I always had to order the Royale Burger there,

                          Two half pound patties.
                          A mess of griddled pastrami.
                          turkey bacon for me (so its healthy, right ????)
                          A fried egg
                          two slices of cheese.

                          Now that's a bad boy.


                            1. re: kevin

                              The one time I tried it at B and R I wasn't impressed. I love me some over the top burgers but this seemed less than the sum of its parts.

                              The whole just didn't meld into one glorious mess as I expected.

                              1. re: Jase

                                It definitely worked for me as a mess though.

                                Thought it must be said I ate it with a fork and knife.

                                1. re: kevin

                                  I can't even imagining cutting into that brown pile of beef with a knife, looking at it, and then having to... "put it in my mouth". The small burger at B&R was already dry and lifeless as it is, ditto to Hawkins, ditto to Masters.

                                  Turkey burger at Fred's downhome is a must, the egg burger with cheese at The Burger Stand is great (very peppery), as is Mom's soul cheese burger, and Big Burger (Carson)'s turkey burger. These ought to be ordered with single patties; double downing on the beef is asking for hurt.

                                  The other day, I had a very sad turkey burger at Marjoe's. It was completely my fault though, should've stuck to the fried cluck like last time.

                    2. Was there ever a "Fast Eddie's" as depicted in Lethal Weapon 3? Thought it looked like an awesome old skool burger shack


                      1. A-1 Burger, 2900 block of West Vernon, west of Crenshaw Blvd a few lights east of the park, on the north side of Vernon.