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Bucato Serving Evan Funke's Burger Memorial Day (Informal Chow Meet-up?)

TheOffalo May 18, 2014 10:43 PM

From http://www.bucato.la ...
LATEST NEWS: We are taking advanced reservations for Memorial Day!

Menu will be exclusively the following:
*Chef Funke's Famous Burger (option to add egg and/or bacon)
*French Fries or Onion rings
*Budweiser on tap! (regular beverage menu also available)

20% of all proceeds will go to Wounded Warrior Project.

How about an informal chow meet up in the afternoon? Those of us who aren't going to J.L.'s Clusi dinner (and even those who are) can get together for a meal, maybe at a non-peak time (2:30ish?) if there's such a thing on a holiday. Speak up if you're interested and I'll try to organize something offline, per CH policies.

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  1. J.L. RE: TheOffalo May 18, 2014 11:33 PM

    Heck I might even go to this one...

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      nosh RE: TheOffalo May 18, 2014 11:58 PM

      How much for the famous burger and fries or onion rings?

      And since when does Bucato take reservations in advance of that morning? Sorta blows their rationale that "we have 70% outdoor patio seating, so we can't depend on the weather..."

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      1. re: nosh
        TheOffalo RE: nosh May 19, 2014 12:09 AM

        I was wondering when the first question about the advanced reservation thing would come up.

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          maudies5 RE: TheOffalo May 19, 2014 06:59 AM

          They also took advance reservations for Mother's Day

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        kevin RE: TheOffalo May 19, 2014 08:01 AM

        Maybe I can drop by for a half hour if its on the earlier side. But let me know the details, as I can't make the formal clow meet up later that evening.

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          chrishei RE: kevin May 19, 2014 08:13 AM

          Hot date?

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            kevin RE: chrishei May 19, 2014 09:39 AM

            Nah. Just an event I gotta go too. that's on that very monday.

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              chrishei RE: kevin May 19, 2014 10:06 AM

              Oh I know where you're going. Doesn't mean that the question doesn't apply.

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                kevin RE: chrishei May 19, 2014 10:20 AM

                So I guess it would not be a hot date.

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          kevin RE: TheOffalo May 19, 2014 10:21 AM

          And this is the burger from Rustic Canyon fame ?????

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            ns1 RE: kevin May 19, 2014 12:56 PM

            Oh damn I forgot about that. Curiosity increased 10x

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              TheOffalo RE: ns1 May 19, 2014 02:53 PM

              Same. I never got to try that burger at RC or the porchetta truck he ran.

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                chrishei RE: TheOffalo May 19, 2014 02:58 PM

                I liked it, but didn't love it the one time I had it. But everyone else I know who's had the burger LOVES it.

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                  BacoMan RE: chrishei May 19, 2014 03:30 PM

                  It amazes me that people even thought about getting the burger at Funke's Rustic Canyon...

                  I went a bunch of times, and never thought to order the burger. The vegetable dishes were always too interesting.

                  Even funnier that Fox's removal of it from the menu sparked so many negative Yelp reviews...

                  What is it that supposedly makes it the best burger in the world?

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                    ns1 RE: BacoMan May 19, 2014 03:45 PM

                    from our beloved exilekiss:

                    Meyer Ranch Burger (Sharp Cheddar, Onion Fondue, Bread and Butter Pickles, Herb Remoulade)

                    It looks gorgeous, and then we take a bite: A deep, beefy savoriness comes shining through! Wow. I can't resist the urge to inhale the rest of my Burger. It has such a beautiful bovine essence that isn't as pungent as Dry-Aged Beef (ala Father's Office). It turns out that Rustic Canyon uses USDA Prime All-Natural Angus Beef from Meyer Ranch, with Beef that is Certified Humanely Raised and Handled, which is a big positive for some.

                    In addition to the amazing Beef, the Bun tastes strangely familiar to another favorite of mine: Rustic Canyon uses a Rockenwagner Brioche Bun (similar to The Golden State), which is soft, seemingly delicate, but still holds up pretty well with the juicy Burger. The Sharp Cheddar, Onion Fondue, Pickles and Herb Remoulade all complement the Meyer Ranch Burger, never taking center stage.

                    It's cooked to medium-rare and is such a revelation that our Father's Office groupie blurts out, "Oh my gosh! This is the Best Burger in town! I like it more than Father's Office." :) It's close, but I was in as much shock as my dazed friend. :)

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                      TonyC RE: ns1 May 25, 2014 10:24 PM


                      The latter sum was never as good as the parts. There was way too much going on. The herb "remoulade" was approximately 200% grosser than In-N-Out's 1000island.

                      FO burger is tastier than this, and I practically despise the FO burger. RC has always been about the vegetables. After 2009, that burger was for SaMo nosebreathers who couldn't execute "I-Am-A-Vegetarian" guise. It couldn't even get the most basic "bun-to-meat" ratio correct. Golden State over this little monster.

                      NB: the RC burger was tasty circa 08-09, in its "Niman Ranch", non remoulade stage. I don't recall the chef (supposedly Funke), but by '11 it was pure tragedy (same chef? Clocked out? Phoned it in.)

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                        TheOffalo RE: TonyC May 26, 2014 09:01 AM

                        Since I've never had it, I'm willing to give it a try. Maybe he's improved on it.

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                          polldeldiablo RE: TonyC May 26, 2014 12:27 PM

                          I guess I'm not the only one who strictly won't eat In-N-out with their 1000island on it.

                      2. re: BacoMan
                        cacio e pepe RE: BacoMan May 19, 2014 08:08 PM

                        Well, this is a chance to correct that problem.

                        It's a great burger. Huge. Rich. Filling. But still straight forward enough for the beef to be the star.

                        I wonder how it'll be coming out of a different kitchen and from a chef that might be a little out of practice with that burger.

                      3. re: chrishei
                        kevin RE: chrishei May 19, 2014 03:31 PM

                        It was great.

                        The fries were even better.

                        I had it once at RC. Very cute eye candy at the bar at the time too.

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                          chowseeker1999 RE: chrishei May 19, 2014 06:58 PM

                          @ chris,

                          i know when i went, Rustic Canyon had switched meat purveyors compared to an earlier version of the burger which many seemed to love. on the menu when i had it, it was different from the "Meyer Ranch" beef that was mentioned on CH from favorable reviews.

                          when i asked the waitress, she said they had switched to a new ranch to try that out (no reason given). that definitely could be a difference in the taste of the burger for you vs. others (or just your palate :>

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                            chrishei RE: chowseeker1999 May 19, 2014 07:20 PM

                            That could be it. I went fairly late in Funke's tenure at RC.

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                          ilysla RE: TheOffalo May 19, 2014 07:01 PM

                          The porchetta was REALLY good. Pure porngraphic porkiness....

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                            JAB RE: ilysla May 19, 2014 07:07 PM


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                      engie RE: TheOffalo May 19, 2014 12:53 PM

                      I'm game, the earlier the better.

                      1. TheOffalo RE: TheOffalo May 20, 2014 10:19 PM

                        Alright, it sounds like we got a bunch of maybes: kevin, chrishei, engie, even J.L. I'll call them tomorrow and see how full they're getting and maybe getting a res for a party of 6 or 8. Again, I'm thinking around 2 PM, so it's not peak lunch and it's not too close to dinner.

                        1. TheOffalo RE: TheOffalo May 23, 2014 11:13 PM

                          Okay, I called them today and they said they're still pretty wide open for Monday afternoon. So, I did not make a reservation, as I didn't have a firm number of attendees anyway. kevin would like to meet at 1 PM, and I should be up for that. Who else might attend? Maybe we'll request a patio table and people can come and go more easily.

                          There's also Bulgarini across the street afterwards...

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                            TheOffalo RE: TheOffalo May 26, 2014 12:00 PM

                            Meeting in one hour. Reminder they are only serving their burger (egg or bacon addon) and fries for food.

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                              jessejames RE: TheOffalo May 26, 2014 01:58 PM

                              Have fun!

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                                Ciao Bob RE: TheOffalo May 26, 2014 06:15 PM

                                We had a very nice time - I never had the burger at the Canyon so I wanted to try it but I am with TonyC on it - too much goop and it dwarfs the bun. The onion confit though was quite yummy. Thanks for the shout out Offalo!

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                                  TheOffalo RE: Ciao Bob May 26, 2014 07:09 PM

                                  Agreed. After years of Umami, Counter, even In-n-Out, I didn't realize how nice it was to have a well dressed yet unmessy burger until Belcampo. This burger today was so goopy and messy, even accounting for the runny egg. It was tasty but definitely didn't showcase the beef like Belcampo. Here's a shot I snuck: http://instagram.com/p/oe7c_AA-ps/.

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                                    cacio e pepe RE: TheOffalo May 26, 2014 09:20 PM

                                    I'm so heartened to see a group of us moving away (or were never near) the extreme decadence burger that has been the rage in LA since the city became obsessed with topping the FO burger.

                                    4 years ago, I really appreciated the RC behemoth. As TonyC alluded to, the RC burger always struck me as a vamped up In-N-Out burger. If you like In-an-Out and decadent burgers, the RC burger is really tops.

                                    These days, I have no interest in it, but respect the RC burger.

                                    I never did venture down the road of putting and egg and a slab of confit bacon on the already massive beast.

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                                      TheOffalo RE: cacio e pepe May 26, 2014 09:51 PM

                                      It was my first time having it so I figured I should have the huevos to go whole hog.

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                                        New Trial RE: TheOffalo May 27, 2014 12:44 AM

                                        Actually, going whole "hog" would be adding the confit bacon (which I think I see peeking out from under the egg in your photo)--thick cut and full of porky goodness. As the joke goes, the difference between commitment and involvement!

                                        The (available as a side) onion rings were also outstanding, a touch of beer in the light and crisp batter, perhaps, I do agree about the pure virtues of the Belcampo burger over the Funkeness of Bucato's (admittedly delicious) offering.

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                                          TheOffalo RE: New Trial May 27, 2014 01:03 AM

                                          You are correct, I did have the bacon confit, thus the "whole hog" comment. I liked that the two toppings amusingly appeared on the receipt as one "breakfast" item.

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                                        Servorg RE: cacio e pepe May 27, 2014 06:54 AM

                                        Man does not live by "pure" burgers alone. I like classic cheeseburgers too, but those over the top, everything but the kitchen sink monsters have their appeal as well. It all depends on the day and which song my taste buds want to sing. A nice little folk song or Che gelida manina https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpxXl... from La Boheme or a quiet little plaza with a couple of musicians turning into something quite extraordinary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQ...

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                                          cacio e pepe RE: Servorg May 27, 2014 10:41 AM

                                          Sure. I'm just finding less and less appealing about those monsters.

                                          I love that last link, by the way.

                                          1. re: cacio e pepe
                                            kevin RE: cacio e pepe May 27, 2014 11:31 AM

                                            What about the hungry cat burger which used to be the standard bearer for gourmet burgers which predated the current gourmet burger trend by a few years ??????

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                                              cacio e pepe RE: kevin May 27, 2014 12:22 PM

                                              I never did get around to trying that one. Any good?

                                              But, I always took the HC burger as a response to the FO burger, though.

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                                                chowseeker1999 RE: kevin May 27, 2014 01:05 PM

                                                @ kevin: i thought the HC burger was pretty tasty, but a bit unwieldy. but i ended up enjoying the CH favs more than the HC burger over the years: Morton's, Golden State, etc.

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                                          chowseeker1999 RE: TheOffalo May 27, 2014 01:07 PM

                                          wow, my burger at Rustic Canyon didn't look like that. :< i def agree this new one at Bucato looks... gloopy.

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                                            ns1 RE: TheOffalo May 27, 2014 01:07 PM

                                            Thx for report and pics.

                                    2. J.L. RE: TheOffalo May 27, 2014 12:48 AM

                                      I couldn't make it to Bucato, but I did end up at Bulgarini to pick up some gelato though...

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                                        TheOffalo RE: J.L. May 27, 2014 01:00 AM

                                        Ciao Bob, chrishei, kevin, and I went to Bulgarini after. My first time. I had the goat cheese w/cacao nibs and the almond. Excellent.

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                                          J.L. RE: TheOffalo May 27, 2014 01:12 AM

                                          I missed you guys by 1-2 hrs, then...

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                                            TheOffalo RE: J.L. May 27, 2014 01:17 AM

                                            Might have been even closer. Bobby had to leave but the remaining 3 of us hung around and shot the shit for quite some time. I don't think we left until after 5 PM...

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                                              J.L. RE: TheOffalo May 27, 2014 01:27 AM

                                              Did you try the crazy coca cola granite?

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