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Jun 5, 2014 10:37 AM

Fuddruckers Santa Monica (Again)

Looks like a Fuddruckers is opening in Santa Monica at 2002 Wilshire. It's a crappy chain burger joint with a free-for-all toppings bar and pump-your-own cheesy sauce, but I grew up near one and completely love it. Fuddruckers is taking over the Koo Koo Roo space, which, oddly enough, took over an old Fuddruckers.

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  1. Let me guess where thats at the old Koo Roo Location.

    The reason is because I think they combined the two at a few locations.

    I kind of like the AYCE salad bar so that I may load up on the tomatoes.

    When's it opening ???? And thanks for the heads up.

    Though I thought it was a dying breed.

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    1. re: kevin

      Sounds like Matthew 1 2-16

      Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Koo Koo Roo begat Fudrucker

    2. sorry, didn't read the rest of your post.

      so fuddrucker's begets koi roo too and then koo koo roo begets fuddruckers ?????????

      btw, i think that was the last remaining KKR in LA ????

      is that correct ?

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        1. re: kevin

          Are Koo Koo Roo and Fuddruckers owned by the same people?

          No clue when it's opening. Walked by the other day and the Fuddruckers sign is already up outside, construction is happening inside, and there was a "Fuddruckers Coming Soon" board in the doorway.

          The last time I ate at a Fuddruckers, I made a side "salad" out of toppings. It was pretty disgusting/ awesome.

          1. re: phamschottler

            I believe there's some ownership interconnection or affiliation, or joint venture, or whatever they call it these days.

            1. re: kevin

              Yes there has been for a bunch of years when the original founders of KKR, not the investment firm, divested of the chain. Fuddy's still operates units in Sherman Oaks, Lakewood & Burbank, with SM to be the 4th open unit in the greater LA area.
              Sure hope they have ditched that wood crate décor package, however.

              1. re: carter

                There's been a Fuddrucker's in Lake Forest (OC) for at least 25 years. I haven't eaten there in 15+, but it used to have one of the better burgers available in the 'pre-gourmet' days. Large patty, cooked to order, good basic topping selection.

                1. re: Midlife

                  That is well outside my idea of LA, meaning it might be a suburb of Mission Viejo, or worse yet, San Diego!!!

                  1. re: carter

                    "Worse yet"????? Maybe for deli, pizza, ethnic cuisine, but not burgers really.

                    1. re: Midlife

                      Meaning you would drive to San Diego for a burger?
                      Options abound here, so why go?

                      1. re: carter

                        I must have missed your point. No clue then.

                        1. re: Midlife

                          Upon reflection.............. I thought you were disparaging Mission Viejo and environs as a food source (pretty easy to do). If you were just speaking of distance, I apologize. We have several really good burger sources in South OC. Doesn't come close to making up for the lack of good delis, pizza, and quality cuisines beyond the basic handful.

                          OTOH, every time I get stuck in LA traffic I find myself saying "I could never live here again!".

                2. re: carter

                  There's a Fuddrucker's in Ontario, CA as well...

              2. re: phamschottler

                I like it too.

                There used to be one in the CC Mall for a few years.

                Which fuddrucker's did you grow up with ?????

                I thought it was a relatively newish chain (by new I mean the past 15 to 20 years or so).

                1. re: kevin

                  I lived near the Long Beach (technically Lakewood) one.

                  The CC one was a small food court version. I much prefer the whole restaurants. I think the Sherman Oaks Galleria has an actual Fuddruckers.

                  My favorite one is on Beach Blvd kinda near Knotts Berry Farm.

                  1. re: phamschottler

                    they do have one at the sherman oaks galleria.

                    i'll hit it up with a movie next time.

                    ok, everyone you can revoke my ch street creed now.

                    what's great about the beach bleed one ???? huge arcade, killer ice cream sundaes, for some reason the more lavish ones sound a little like the Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour of my youth.

                    1. re: kevin

                      The food at the Beach Blvd one was more consistent and actually kinda good.

                      1. re: kevin

                        I remember when Farrell's was the loudest eat place in LA

                        1. re: kevin

                          Kevin, dont you mean, Pharrel's Ice Cream Parlor!

                    2. re: phamschottler

                      I'm relieved to find other people who can find the same foods both disgusting and awesome :)

                      1. re: running pig

                        beyond disgusting and yet curiously addictive.

                        no joke.

                  2. Am I the only one who actually liked the Koo Koo Roo chain, and will miss them? I know we now have California Chicken Cafe on the Westside, but I always found KKR to be a good reliable easy-in/easy-out stop for comfort food.

                    I especially liked the one on Main St in Venice in the Scary Clown's now a less-than-optimal CVS (one of the downsized CVS' that seems to have everything you don't need, and nothing you DO need).

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                    1. re: spoonlicker

                      I had forgotten there wa a KKR in the crazy clown in a tutu building.

                      Pharmacies and banks are definitely taking over almost everywhere.

                      No joke.

                      I liked KKR too.

                      Mac n cheese, and their roast turkey sandwich.

                      Oh, well, I think someone mentioned that they're aren't any in LA any longer.

                      1. re: kevin

                        Their hand carved fresh turkey was really good.

                        1. re: wienermobile

                          I thought so too.

                          But I'm thinking I'd get shit for liking it. :)

                        2. re: kevin

                          You are so right about banks taking over. Downtown Santa Monica has become absolutely infested with them in recent years, including multiple branches of the same bank within a few blocks of each other. It's freaky.

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives


                              I won't be surprised if we start seeing combination Starbucks (shudder) / Bank of America (double shudder) branches.

                              1. re: spoonlicker

                                Your dream (or nightmare) has come true...

                            2. re: spoonlicker

                              It's the same on the eastside. We always joke in Pasadena when we see some new construction that it's going to be a bank or a church. We're holding out for the First Banking Church of Bank.

                          1. re: spoonlicker

                            yes. their hot sauce is/was crack.

                            1. re: spoonlicker

                              I remember the original Koo Koo Roo on 6th/Kenmore. When it was under the original owner, I liked it a lot. I'd get the original chicken with diced cucumbers and tomatoes. The original location was destroyed in the 1992 riots, after that Koo Koo Roo was never the same.

                              1. re: JosephEBacon

                                I believe the first, original La Salsa was on 6th, just east of Vermont, in the 1970's, and I KNOW that the first (U.S.) Pollo Loco was just north of 6th on Alvarado. THAT one's still there. However, they've all gone WAY downhill since those days, but made some folks a ****pile of $$$ in the interim..

                                1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                                  Yeah, I think it was around 6th & Coronado. La Salsa.

                            2. I have been to Fuddruckers and was never impressed. All the other build-your-own-burger places have been far better than Fuddruckers. Anyone remember Flakey Jake's at the N/W corner of Pico & Sepulveda? Nice place with good food and it always seemed full or nearly full every time I was there. I never understood why it closed.

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                              1. re: Sam D.

                                Shop at Adray's and eat at Flakey Jakes...

                                1. re: Sam D.

                                  I used to love flakey jake's. I'd go all the time on my lunch break.

                                  1. re: Sam D.

                                    Yes, I do remember the Flakey Jake's at Pico/Sepulveda. Very good burgers and steak sandwiches. I think it was forced to close when the chain went into bankruptcy.

                                    1. re: JosephEBacon

                                      Does anyone remember a joint named Burger Hills ?????

                                      That reminded me slightly of Flakey Jake's et al.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        Yes! A small but prime burger joint on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills. I used to go there before Writers Guild screenings in the 80s. Great burgers. I haven't fought of it in years, obviously died from high rent.

                                    2. re: Sam D.

                                      going back many years ,i thought the choice of burger places in L.A. was awesome. My brother had moved out there (i'm still on the east coast) and thought fuddruckers and (yes) flakey jakes along with fat burger were the greatest.didn't know in n 'out back then. still wish more affordable joints would survive on the east coast. Just read of a local truck (here) selling $12.00 burgers- insane for a truck

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