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

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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. Heck I might even go to this one...

    1. 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

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

        1. re: TheOffalo

          They also took advance reservations for Mother's Day

      2. 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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          1. re: chrishei

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

            1. re: kevin

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

              1. re: chrishei

                So I guess it would not be a hot date.

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

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          1. re: kevin

            Oh damn I forgot about that. Curiosity increased 10x

            1. re: ns1

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

              1. re: TheOffalo

                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.

                1. re: chrishei

                  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?

                  1. re: BacoMan

                    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. :)

                    1. re: ns1


                      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.)

                      1. re: TonyC

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

                        1. re: TonyC

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

                      2. re: BacoMan

                        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

                        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.

                        1. re: chrishei

                          @ 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 :>

                          1. re: chowseeker1999

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

                        2. re: TheOffalo

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

                    2. I'm game, the earlier the better.

                      1. 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. 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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                          1. re: TheOffalo

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

                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                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!

                                1. re: Ciao Bob

                                  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/.

                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                    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.

                                    1. re: cacio e pepe

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

                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                        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.

                                        1. re: New Trial

                                          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.

                                      2. re: cacio e pepe

                                        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...

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          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

                                            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 ??????

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              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.

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                @ 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.

                                        2. re: TheOffalo

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

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

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                                      1. re: J.L.

                                        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.

                                        1. re: TheOffalo

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

                                          1. re: J.L.

                                            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...

                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                              Did you try the crazy coca cola granite?