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  1. What's your definition of the westside? My favorite Burger is at Golden State on Fairfax.
    http://www.thegoldenstatecafe.com/men...

    Wikipedia definition of the westside "It has no official definition, but, according to the Los Angeles Times, it comprises 101.28 square miles (262 km2), encompassing not only districts in the city of Los Angeles but also two unincorporated neighborhoods, plus the cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, and Santa Monica. However, there is a common saying, among persons who live west of Lincoln, known as "AWOL", which stands for "Always West Of Lincoln (Blvd)". The definition of the Westside, amongst elitists, is the swath of land that extends North of the 105 Freeway (Or LAX Airport) up to and including Malibu and West of Lincoln Blvd or the 405 Freeway."

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    1. re: wienermobile

      So I finally made it to Golden State. Absurd I haven't been there because it's five minutes away. But now I have.

      Had The Burger.

      Thanks to this thread, I already had a burger at Fab yesterday (with a ripper side, just to, you know, taste it.) So I promised myself I would just get a burger at Golden State, no side order.

      But it turns out The Burger comes with a side. Am I gonna get a cucumber salad? No. Fries.

      So...it's a fine burger, but not my style. I'm sorry, but any burger joint (which it is) wherein no burger is available with lettuce or tomato, but arugula and garlic aoili and yet, ketchup?

      And $12?

      No, I say. No.

      Smashburger.

      Mostly what my burger adventure has revealed is that there are three types of burger:

      1. Classic hamburger stand. (In-n-Out, Smashburger, Apple Pan, etc.)

      2. Nouveau (I hesitate to use the word "Hipster") Burger. (Father's Office, Golden State, Umami).

      3. Restaurant burger.

      Of these three, I prefer 1 or 3. Not that there's anything wrong with #2.

      Hee hee. #2.

      1. re: jesstifer

        I think the sweet potato fries they serve with it are incredible. But for some reason, I didn't find their burger all that revelatory. It was certainly good, but it wouldn't come to my mind as great. Maybe I had too high of expectations for it....

        1. re: jesstifer

          thanx for the report. i think what i found most appealing about the Golden State Burger isn't that it was supposed to be some "revelatory" / completely new flavor combination that no one's ever thought of before, but rather they execute on a burger with all the little bits that make it something i dig. :>

          so i think some peeps in a chow thread on burgers said this already but i agree w/ them: the GS Burger uses USDA Prime, there's a good "beefiness" to it, the bun is wonderful, it's always been juicy medium rare and they nail that, and the applewood smoked bacon is crisp.

          i just find it really great in that "common" flavor spectrum that we've seen in other burger joints; but they do their's better imho.

          what's interesting jess, is that in your 3 examples, i actually really hate the #1 category a lot. i grew up on it, but i just don't like that "classic" iceburg lettuce, tomato, ketchup / 1000 island dressing on my burgers any more. same for most of my friends.

          1. re: chowseeker1999

            The beef was delish and perfectly cooked, no argument there. I had problems with the combination of flavors, though. Garlicky aioli and sweet applewood bacon and tangy ketchup and sweet bun all fought with each other, I thought. And with the absence of lettuce or onion, it had no crisp element (arugula can only make a passing attempt at crispiness), which I find indispensable in a burger.

            Different strokes.

            1. re: jesstifer

              the golden state burger should be the new default California burger. everything's right about it, whereas nothing is right about in-n-out.

              garlic on burger beats "umami" in burger anytime. arugula over iceberg, and real beef versus downer cow.

              and $12 for a relatively substantive, quality product is almost affordable in LA for restaurant burger now.

              Nick and Stef's steakhouse burger (with way, WAY too much bun), clocks in at $12 during "happy hour", and it only offers about 1/2 the joy of the golden state rendition.

              1. re: TonyC

                Tony,For some reason I thought you wouldn't be a fan of that burger.

                Though better than that are the fish & chips followed by a few sour beers.

                1. re: kevin

                  Yea, I love arugula. I love bacon. Something about that burger just didn't wow me.... ::shrugs::

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Totally agree with you on No. 2 style burgers. The whole garlic aioli and arugula thing on overpriced $12 burgers is just so tired. Give me a classic burger with crisp lettuce, juicy tomato and tangy pickle that provide some contrast to the richer burger ingredients. All these newer style burgers that just have layer of fat on fat without anything crisp or fresh to contrast are disgusting.

                    Arugula on burgers is just too limp-wristed for me and garlic has no business on a hamburger. However, if you already have perpetual bad breath from regularly eating things like stinky tofu, no one is going to notice the additional garlic aioli fumes coming from your mouth.

                    1. re: Ernie

                      Well put, Ernie. I agree 100%. There's a reason the classic burger has mustard, onions, cool lettuce and tomato and pickles. It's all about contrasts in flavor and texture.

                      Though I can appreciate and fully enjoy the gourmet burgers with blue cheese, carmelized onions, arugula, etc., it's just not a "burger" to me.

                2. re: TonyC

                  The more I think about this, the more I disagree with Tony C. A The default California burger has lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, orange cheese, and relish. Some items may be added or subtracted, esp. bacon, avocado, ortega chili.

                  Arugula is right out.

        2. Fabs in Westwood has a damn good one.

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          1. re: Servorg

            I have to second that rec. Just had a FABulous Fab Burger last week. They have Wagu beef burgers too.

            1. re: SIMIHOUND

              Just so everyone knows, Fabs in Westwood Village is on the east side of Broxton, just south of Le Conte and the UCLA border. It is in the former Sockos Subs space, but they have enlivened the outdoor patio and have indoor seating as well.

              I'm going to try their burger. I've had the simple chicken sandwich, which was tasty and juicy and a very good value.

              If it is good food at a reasonable price in Westwood Village, it needs patronage.

              1. re: nosh

                Thanks for mentioning Fab's burgers. I happen to work a stone's throw away from them.

                For those who don't know, we're talking about Fab's Hot Dogs. They are famous for their dogs, but I actually prefer their burgers. The Hatch Chili Cheddar burger rocks.

                1. re: EarlyBird

                  I tried a Bruins Combo today at Fabs -- $5.95 for cheeseburger, tots (or fires) and drink. For that price, burger was a thin patty, but not overcooked. Leaf iceberg lettuce, a slice of tomato, pickles, grilled onions (almost like a sweet jam. i can see how some may like this but off-putting to me, and melted into the cheese so i couldn't get rid of it. i'll know better next time.) Good burger, bun needed (more, if any) toasting. Tots were great -- appeared deep-fried to a crunchy exterior, not mealy like the oven-baked tots I'm used to. Very good. Friendly service.

                  Is this thin burger the one posters have liked or is that some thicker, bigger version? I probably liked the patty better, but the toasted bun, cheese, and fix-ins at In'n'Out made for a better burger, in my limited observation.

                  1. re: nosh

                    I don't recall having any thick patty there, but just well done burgers. I have to admit, I prefer my burgers fairly simple, not the bistro type with mushrooms, high end cheese and so on. The most exotic I get is bacon and that green chili, generally.

              2. re: SIMIHOUND

                I'm so excited about this! I've only been to Fab once, on a chili dog quest for my fallow (won't even mention it) blog. Their chili dog sucked, but I was fascinated by the NJ style rippers I saw going by.

                Hearing that their burgers are Chow-worthy means: I'm going tomorrow, to get a ripper and a burger! Will report back.

                More convenient for me to go the Reseda branch. Is it comparable?

                1. re: jesstifer

                  Besides the burgers and dogs the garlic ranch fries and tater tots are super good. And I do mean garlic!

                  1. re: SIMIHOUND

                    I had lunch at the Reseda Fab today. The burger was fine, but not as good as Smashburger. I had the straight up $4.50 cheeseburger w/everything (iceberg lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, relish, pickle). Condiments and cheese were all good, and unlike someone here I loved the onions gettin' all up in the melty cheese. But the patty fell short for me. Griddled well done as at Smashburger, but not as juicy.

                    They do have a higher end "LaFreida Prime Steakburger," a 1/2 pound "grass fed short rib & chuck blend" that they serve med rare only. But it's ten bucks, and a half pound of beef is more than I really need. Next time I'd try the Hatch green chile burger or the double chili cheese.

                    The Bald Eagle Ripper, served in the style of Rutt's Hut in NJ, with house made mustard relish, OTH, was a lifechanger.

                    1. re: jesstifer

                      But, did you get the garlic tots?

                      1. re: ns1

                        Not yesterday. I had a ripper as the side to my burger. A man can only do so much!

                        I had regular tots first time I went. They were slammin. Next time garlic.

                        1. re: jesstifer

                          ripper as a side? that's boss.

                          1. re: ns1

                            I agree. They give medals out for that, don't they?

                            1. re: EarlyBird

                              "They give medals out for that, don't they?"

                              I thought that was stents they gave?

                              1. re: Servorg

                                I absolutely blame this thread for my poor health choices. I followed that up by visiting Golden State for the first time today (see below).

                                I should probably start a "Best Kale in LA?????" thread to get me through the next few days, but...no.

                                1. re: jesstifer

                                  I do too. I've been to Fab Hot Dogs twice this week, once to get their Hatch chili grilled chicken sandwich and their tater tots. My God, their tater tots!

                                  1. re: EarlyBird

                                    Fab's (Westwood) tater tots were indeed really good. Exterior more crispy than the packaged version, and interior not as chunky. Good side.

                                    1. re: nosh

                                      I had some pretty amazing tots at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena.

            2. Morton's.

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              1. re: kevin

                not just the sliders.

              2. Wolfgangs or Father's Office.

                1. My current favorites are:

                  Maison Giraud, Pacific Palisades simple but perfect
                  Next Door at Josie's, Santa Monica extremely juicy
                  The Tripel Burger, PDR a triple threat of duck confit, pork & aged beef
                  Pono, Santa Monica well done take on a classic style

                  I love burgers.....I still have many more places to try.... I love this thread!

                  1. My favorite is Hole in the Wall burger on Colorado in Santa Monica.

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                    1. re: DanielleW

                      This was a great griddled burger when they were behind Winchell's on Santa Monica Blvd. east of Sepulveda. What is the parking like at the new location?

                      1. re: nosh

                        There is validated parking underground as well as metered street parking, which is free on Sundays. I think it's even better than when they were behind Winchell's.

                        1. re: Ogawak

                          I found my burger in the old location to be more flavorful than at the new location.....weird. Could be the cook, or perhaps the new griddle is not as seasoned?

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            I've been to the new location twice, both on a Saturday afternoon. It's definitely different people behind the counter and at the grill. (I haven't seen the owners there...maybe they take the day off.) I found my burger to be just as flavorful as the old location though. Maybe you just went on an off day?

                            1. re: DanielleW

                              Perhaps.... It just tasted bland to me.

                              There are sooooo many burgers out there for me to try, I probably won't be back very soon....

                      2. re: DanielleW

                        Because I read these comments about HITW yesterday and was in Santa Monica today, I hit it up for lunch. Got lucky w/ a parking space right in front on Colorado. Thought the burger was terrific. More flavor and juicier than My Father's Office. They didn't ask how I wanted it done, but it come medium, plenty of pink, just how I like it. The milk shake that I grabbed to go for dessert was just so-so. Tasted mostly of chocolate syrup and little of ice cream. But I'd go back for sure for the burger.

                        1. re: Wayno

                          Huh, weird they didn't ask you how you wanted it..... Sounds like a bunch of newbs back there......

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            I think I had the owner. He was a good guy. But I'm pretty sure he didn't ask me about desired doneness. But it was perfect in any event. They also have a great selection of bottles of regional sodas.

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              they did not ask me how I wanted it cooked when I went to HITW either.

                              1. re: ns1

                                Wonder when they changed that. I know for a fact they asked and I told them medium rare.

                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                  Which joint is this ????

                                  What's HITW ???????

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    "HITW" is Hole In The Wall Burgers. Original comment in this thread started with "DanielleW's" post:

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9685...

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Hole in the wall, the one that moved from west LA off of SaMo blvd to Colorado blvd in SaMo.....

                                2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                  HITW has not changed ownership. They do have more employees working there, but the same original cook/ownership

                                  1. re: Ogawak

                                    Didn't imply that ownership changed, just possibly the cooking & ordering procedures.

                                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                    I'm sure If I'd thought of it and asked for a particular doneness - sort of surprised at myself that I didn't - he would have accommodated me. But at least I didn't have to deal with a fascist refusal to accept the burger with only the fixings they dictate (like at certain other venues). It's an approach like The Counter - where you check boxes indicating which protein, toppings, sauces, etc. Though I liked it much better than my last few (less than satisfactory) experiences at The Counter.

                                  3. re: Wayno

                                    On the top of their order form it says something like "All burgers will be cooked medium unless specified otherwise."

                                    Glad you enjoyed it!

                                    1. re: DanielleW

                                      Ahhh, there's the answer. Thanks. And they did a perfect medium on my visit.

                                3. My favorite is the veggie burger at R+D Kitchen (and I'm not even a vegetarian). I just think it is the tastiest burger around.

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                                  1. re: maudies5

                                    Really ??????

                                    Wow.

                                  2. Smashburger, Overland @ Venice.

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                                    1. re: oldusedcop

                                      Nice to see Smashburger gettin' some love. I first ate it in Colorado and was glad to see it open here. I wouldn't put it in the same category as the full-on restaurant burgers, like My Father's Office, but for a quasi-fast food burger, it can't be beat. I'd eat at Smashburger rather than In 'n Out any day of the week. And they serve beer and pretty good salads.

                                    2. Pann's Patty Melt

                                       
                                       
                                      1. R & D Kitchen on Montana

                                        1. The burger at the Honor Bar on Beverly Dr. in B.H.

                                          1. M Street
                                            The Ivy
                                            Kate Mantillini
                                            Cheesecake Factory (I know - I know)
                                            The Grill on the Alley

                                            1. rustic canyon needs to be mentioned here. it's very good.

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                                              1. re: goldpackage

                                                R.C. no longer offers a burger.

                                                1. re: CastironJim

                                                  I know! what a shame. it will be back. kind of like that band that decides they no longer want to play their biggest hit even though their fans want to hear it. not a cool move.

                                                  1. re: goldpackage

                                                    Rustic Canyon has completely changed after being taken over by Jeremy Fox hasn't it?

                                                    I actually can't wait to go back and see how the new food is, but I keep putting it off. I had several awesome dinners there when Funke was at the helm, and have since followed him to Bucato, but am interested in trying Fox's rather Michelin-esque cooking.

                                                    Fox did the menu at Paper or Plastik, which I tried dinner at, and was blown away. And he was just the consultant for that I believe.

                                                    1. re: BacoMan

                                                      It seems Rustic Canyon has become a high end vegetarian restaurant with just a scant nod to the carnivores, just the inverse of most restaurants.

                                                      1. re: CastironJim

                                                        the chef came from a very high end veggie restaurant in Napa.

                                                        1. re: CastironJim

                                                          Oh, really? Awesome! I love top-notch veggie dishes.

                                                          It always highlighted small veggie plates as far as I remember. After all, it's a wine bar right?

                                                          P.S. What is the menu like these days? Does anyone have a link to one? Their website still shows the old menu by Funke. Incredibly weird.

                                                          1. re: BacoMan

                                                            Menu seems to be the one by Fox here: http://rusticcanyonwinebar.com/images...

                                                            I wasn't able to try his food while at Ubuntu in Napa so am excited to be able to try his cooking at RC. I need to get over there asap!

                                                        2. re: BacoMan

                                                          does feel different. only been in once since the change. still great!

                                                          the thoughts that cycle through my head when thinking burger and am on westside (realizing this list is starting to sound very dated):

                                                          former rustic canyon burger
                                                          comme ca
                                                          hillstone's
                                                          fathers office
                                                          hole in the wall

                                                          of the down and dirty variety:
                                                          apple pan
                                                          panns
                                                          big deans
                                                          big joes
                                                          hinano's

                                                          can't stand the counter

                                                          and not really into 26 beach

                                                          still get a once and awhile craving for the cali burger at umami

                                                  2. Oh. The Shack in Santa Monica on Wilshire makes a great burger.

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                                                    1. re: EarlyBird

                                                      I think that location closed sometime ago as far as I recall. Only the Playa Del Rey location left in this general area.

                                                      http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/07/...

                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                        Bummer. I drove by the one on Wilshire just a couple of days ago and it doesn't "look" closed, but I didn't stop by, either.

                                                        1. re: EarlyBird

                                                          http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_si...

                                                          1. re: EarlyBird

                                                            Actually, Freddy Smalls (owned by the Counter people) has plans for that location.

                                                            1. re: Ogawak

                                                              The Eater LA link I provided talks about that plan.

                                                      2. We ate at Truxton's in SM this past weekend. I had a chicken burger which was served on a GF bun (great for me as I have Celiac Disease). My husband had a burger and couldn't stop talking about it. Lots of toppings. Will definitely go back.

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                                                        1. re: carfreeinla

                                                          Yes. Lots of them toppings always makes a great burger.

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            Are you serious??? A good one doesn't need toppings whereas a bad one needs all the help it can get.

                                                            1. re: mucho gordo

                                                              You're correct. Just a lil joke.

                                                              Gordo, anything good in the way of burgers in the LV ?????

                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                So far, with one exception,nothing compares to Boulevard Burgers in WH, but there's still a couple of places I haven't gone to yet.The exception is a bar and grill cleverly called O'Aces.

                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                  I should add that the best chain burgers(and fries) are BJ's and Gordon Biersch.

                                                                2. re: mucho gordo

                                                                  A bad one isn't worth eating in the first place.
                                                                  I will order a burger at Minetta Tavern in NY unadorned with anything. That is one experience.
                                                                  But I also like a gloppy mess of a meal anchored by a piece of ground meat. And that is a completely different experience. Where a good tomato is as much a part of the meal as the meat.

                                                                  1. re: carfreeinla

                                                                    That's true but you won't know it's bad until you try it. I also love a gloppy mess and get it with Boulevard Burger, Tommy's triple, Fatburgers triple (1 1/2 lbs) and I 'n'O's quad.

                                                            2. The wild boar burger at 41 Ocean is fantastic.

                                                              1. Burger Parlor in Fullerton is making some great burgers right now. And there onion rings are amazing.

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                                                                1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                  I like Burger Parlor in Fullerton. (edit: had wrong name earlier)

                                                                  1. re: chrishei

                                                                    Actually, I think you are right. It is Burger Parlor.

                                                                    And I just ate their two weeks ago...hahha

                                                                    1. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                      It's not on the westside anyways. But I do like them quite a bit.

                                                                      1. re: chrishei

                                                                        Get out of your westside bubble already. !!!!!!!!!

                                                                        That's what being a hound is all about. :)

                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                          OP said westside though...

                                                                          Or else I would ask where the luv iz 4 dem hood burgerz.

                                                                  2. re: A5 KOBE

                                                                    Wow, some of these super creative names are killin me....

                                                                  3. Aren't upscale burgers sort of...2010?

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                                                                    1. re: creepazoid

                                                                      A good burger is like that little black dress, it never goes out of style.

                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                        And it never seizes to serve as luscious eye candy fodder. :)

                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                          I had a very nice little number called the combo at Marty's on pico today. Slim but juicy griddled patty w cheese w split Vienna beef dog on top. Sexy time.

                                                                    2. Have made it my personal mission to find the best burger in Los Angeles. So far, my top high-end burgers can be found at Lucques and The Hungry Cat. Both have a connection to Suzanne Goin. The latter is a seafood restaurant - go figure!

                                                                      1. Agree w/ many posts.

                                                                        Can't miss:
                                                                        Apple Pan w/ the Tillamook cheddar (had 10x +)
                                                                        Father's Office (og gourmet burger; had twice)
                                                                        Golden State (standard or turkey) (had 6x +)
                                                                        In n Out (countless times)

                                                                        Should try once, but not on my standard rotation:
                                                                        Umami (Silverlake twice, downtown once)

                                                                        There's much I haven't had yet.

                                                                        1. If Thousand Oaks qualifies as the West Side, Trattoria burger at Umami Burger in Thousand Oaks. Easy.

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                                                                          1. re: whiner

                                                                            lol no, TO does not count as the west side.

                                                                          2. Not the fanciest of places, but the tastiest burger with the best bang for your buck in LA is at Georges on Lincoln. Period. Do yourself a favor... http://georgesburgersla.com/

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                                                                            1. re: bernos

                                                                              I pass by occasionally, but have never stopped in. Used your link and the 1/4-lb. burger is really inexpensive at $2.99. If you click on the "specials" you can get a 2-for-1 coupon.

                                                                            2. Everyone seems to have overlooked the tastiest burger ever - Gulfstream's. I was surprised that the best burger I have ever eaten was at a fish restaurant, but I worked nearby and ate it 50 times or so. Delicious, and no gristle.

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                                                                              1. re: lesliesue

                                                                                What does Gulfstream charge for their burger?

                                                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                  17, I
                                                                                  Think.

                                                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                    I think it is $16. But it really is worth trying.

                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                      Is it the same burger served at Houston's?

                                                                                    2. re: lesliesue

                                                                                      Never been, but never had any gristle in any burger I've had either.....

                                                                                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                        That's what I was thinking. An odd benchmark.

                                                                                      2. re: lesliesue

                                                                                        It also has pickled onions and other good things.

                                                                                      3. My favorite right now is at The Crooked Duck, a neighborhood restaurant in Long Beach. The menu description is outdated; he is now using grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free meat. The kitchen is handling the meat carefully, not squishing it together tightly so that the burger dries out.

                                                                                        The place is fairly small and there are a few seats at the bar. Be prepared to wait. On PCH at Clark.

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                                                                                        1. re: susans

                                                                                          Do they have great duck dishes too ?

                                                                                          Like a duck burger ? Duck Mealoaf ???? Or a duck confit ???????

                                                                                          Thanks.

                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                            The name comes from an old family story. And they do have duck a l'orange as a special some days. I have not tried it. I don't like duck.

                                                                                            They may have other off-menu duck dishes and the wait person may patiently tell me about them and I may tune out because I don't like duck.

                                                                                        2. I love me a lamb burger. Any recommendations?

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                                                                                          1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                            Badmaash has one on the menu. I haven't had it, but I had dinner there the other night and everything (except for the naan) was phenomenal. It was one of my best meals in recent memory, so I would be surprised if the lamb burger is similarly brilliant.

                                                                                            I'm pretty sure that Golden State also has it as a special, but I don't know how it is or what day.

                                                                                            1. re: Butter Fight

                                                                                              thursdy

                                                                                              me thinks

                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                I love their LAMB burger. I just wish they had it all the time.

                                                                                                1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                  Sometimes they overflow into Fridays too.

                                                                                            2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                              A bit far out of your area, but I've had a great lamb burger at Haven Gastropub in Orange. I'm not sure if their Pasadena location has one or not.

                                                                                              1. re: OCSteve

                                                                                                In OC, I've had lamb burgers at Dublin 4 in Mission Viejo and Sun Dried Tomato Café (multiple locations) as well as Haven.

                                                                                              2. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                Bedford and Burns has one. But sorry, I didn't eat one so I can't comment on if it's great or not. Perhaps Thor or Wayno, who tend to eat out there in that hood often can shed some light on it.

                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                  I eat at B&B from time to time, since it's so close to work; but haven't tried the lamb burger. Maybe today. I was gonna walk over to Frida's for some carnitas, but B&B is even closer. Will report.

                                                                                                  1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                    Thanks. And report back.

                                                                                                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                    Okay, to accommodate you guys, I forewent carnitas at Frida (which I still haven't tried) and opted for a lamb burger at the bar at B&B. The grade I'm giving it is B to B+ (and the B+ is based more on its potential than on this day's execution). It was a big burger, close to an inch thick, but was too dense - didn't have that nice, somewhat loose pack that we see in the pic of Tony's Bel Campo burger in the thread he started. It was also a little dry, partly due to having been cooked a bit beyond the medium I'd requested. I'd hoped for plenty of pink throughout the center, but there was virtually no pink at all. But I bet if it had been cooked a couple minutes less, it would have been really good. I should also say that it was not particularly "lamby," and I kind of wonder if it was a lamb/beef combo. The brioche-style bun held up very nicely (especially since there wasn't much juice to contend with). It came with cheese (a mild white cheddar, if I had to guess), which I meant to request be omitted but forgot, and nice slices of ripe tomato, arugula and pickles (and red onion - which I cast aside!). It was $16, which included a side of fries, house salad (mixed greens) or Caesar. I opted for Caesar, which was fine though really small (whereas my neighbor's side of fries was quite large).

                                                                                                    1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                      Thanks for letting us all know!

                                                                                                2. Good Burger news from LA Eater: Humble Potato is going eastward (slightly) to Culver City, with a planned location just across from the trio of A-Frame, Waterloo & City, and The Corner Door. This location of Humble Potato, also founded by Eric Ong, will boast a 41 beer & wine license, a nice thing to have since all three restaurants across the street have full liquor licenses. Humble Potato specializes in Japanese-style fast food like chicken curry meatball sandwiches and "hambaga," a perfectly balanced burger….Nice!

                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                    Nice! I haven't been back to the Westchester location in a looong time. Loved the burgers/sandwiches there, didn't love (but didn't hate) the fries. Need to revisit, or check out the new location when it opens.

                                                                                                    BTW, tried my first Golden State burger. Solid, really liked it (more than the one I had at Bucato on Memorial Day, but not as much as Belcampo). Potato salad that came with it was good. Price was fair in my opinion; $12 isn't that much for the fact that it comes with a side, but can you order it without a side for cheaper? Wife liked the chicken sandwich and fries.

                                                                                                    1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                      Awesome news! My kids really enjoyed that place, but we aren't going down that way often.... Last month when they picked me up from the airport, I took them there and tried the battle royale burger. It's delicious and difficult to eat, as in very messy. But it was good, you could taste each individual component, it wasn't just a hot mess.

                                                                                                      Offalo, next time try the fries with the curry. Unless you hate Japanese curry, it is great on their fries. I find them addicting.

                                                                                                       
                                                                                                    2. New Burger: Any one try the bacon cronut burger from Old School Eatery in the Pasadena area yet?

                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                        OMG, I would have to triple my dose of Lipitor. No thanks but it does look tasty.