Happy Fat Tuesday!! Fatten up your eyes with Slater 50/50’s new burger of the month: the Asian BBQ Pork Belly Burger. It’s a marinated half pound pork belly with a sunny side up egg, fried wontons, and Asian BBQ sauce on vegetable chop suey. Served on a brioche bun.
If you live in The Valley and you love burgers and beer, but you hate having to drive to South L.A. every time you’re fiending, we’ve found your G-Spot. (Gastropub Spot, just to be clear.)
Stout Burgers & Beers, located on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City between Vineland & Tujunga, is a chill spot to experience some unforgettable pairings. Don’t fret Hollywood foodies, they’ve got another location down there for you. (Santa Monica and Pasadena locations coming soon.)
These sneaky newbies hide their gems. Kickass hidden menu items include: Fried Zucchini Sticks: Tried it, loved it! Pretzel: The staff talked up this “giant” pretzel for 20 minutes. I regret not ordering it! Truffle Burger: Brie, truffle sauce and garlic sautéed mushrooms. I’m not a huge truffler, but I’ve heard great things about Stout’s.
“I can’t be on the cheeseburger diet all the time” ~Bobby Flay
In the birthplace of the cheeseburger you can!!! Pasadena pays tribute to the inventor of the cheeseburger, Lionel Sternberger, with their 2nd annual Cheeseburger Week. On January 13-18, 45 restaurants will be cooking up great burgers just for the occasion. (If you’ve never been on a cheeseburger crawl, or missed cheeseburger week, don’t worry—most of these cheeseburgers are still around if you need a fix.)
We started our cheeseburger crawl with King’s Row Gastropub. We chowed down on their most famous burger, King’s Burger: 21-day dry aged beef + St. Agur Bleu cheese + aioli + white cheddar + duck fat onions + arugula + house bun; and their special for all those mohawk-wearing JPL fans, the Mars Rover Burger: chorizo burger topped with a fried egg, cilantro aioli, pepperjack cheese, arugula, and house bun. Both were fantastic! Very juicy, with so many flavors working perfectly with the burger, and paired deliciously with Hanger 24’s Hullabaloo.
Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries - Huntington Beach
I’m feeling a nice stroll along the boardwalk… even if it’s a SoCal chilly 50 degrees outside. However, instead of a teeth-chattering walk, Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries restaurant was able to bring the warm wind and sandy beach vibes to me in the best way possible: WITH A BURGER.
This jazzy Melrose spot is trying to mix up laughter with good eats—and it’s doing a pretty damn good job at it. Take what I say with a grain of salt??? Check their Yelp review, it’s pretty darn impressive.
A reincarnated classic. Drew wrote about the transformation of this joint a while back, but long story short: this great old burger joint (née Johnie’s Broiler, née Harvey’s Broiler) was bought and remodeled into a Bob’s Big Boy franchise. It’s a beautiful old Googie place that lights up neon when the sun goes down…
Photo by Kathy Gonzalez, obv.
It’s got your standard solid Bob’s Big Boy cheeseburgers, though we made the mistake of ordering the plain-jane kids’ burger. No one should do that to their kids.
The shake that we got was outstanding. So thick that it kept well for our entire drive back to Culver City. If you love this kinda place, you already know you gotta get over here. But for casual fans, this one’s pretty great and hey, it ain’t far off the freeway.
On our way down to the Color Run in San Diego, we were hankering to try out a notable drive-thru for dinner. After consulting Yelp for a few miles, Lisa led us to a local favorite 40 minutes outside San Diego in (what we thought was Escondido, but is actually just across city lines into) San Marco… The Money Pit. With a menu covering burgers, dogs, and sandwiches, there is a drive-thru, but it would be a shame to skip the ridiculous interior.
The food? The place is basically a solid hometown diner with a drive-thru.
The cheeseburger had a big slices of fresh iceberg lettuce and tomato with a helping of special sauce—a great hometown-diner-style burger. However, the onion rings were undersalted and underwhelming. As tempting as it sounded, the Rings Dog (a hot dog sheathed in onion rings smothered in BBQ sauce) just didn’t have a great sausage either, making me want to just order this the next time I’m at Vicious Dogs to see where Willie goes with it. The piping hot zucchini fries were good dipped in the ranch sauce, but let’s get to the main event…
We had to check out the decor inside. It’s an interesting space; it has the wide-open windows and bright lights of a fast-food place, but the awesome/cheesy decor of a homebrew money-themed T.G.I. Friday’s. If you’re nearby, like a good burger, and want your next profile pic to be taken next to a penny mural, [INSERT TERRIBLE MONEY PUN HERE].
Do you ever have those nights when you just want a good burger? Man, I do. Rounds Premium Burgers in West Hollywood have those burgers and they invited us to come check them out. Their burgers are easily customizable and are just the right amount of everything you’d want in a good burger. It’s a balanced burger… pending your choice of additional toppings.
When you walk up, there’s a great patio outside with bar-height tables and chairs. They have a similar bar inside and tables as well, giving a casual vibe to the place. When you walk in you’re greeted by an organized ordering system. Other establishments are a little tougher to figure out so this was very intuitive.
I appreciate a place that actually wants me to understand what I’m ordering. The ordering sheets are a step by step guide to the burger ordering process itself. Also, there are just the right amount of options so I don’t have to ask, “So what’s actually in this sauce?”
Tommy’s Original World Famous Hamburgers - Hollywood
Tommy’s has been around for 65 years. Which is interesting, because the chili there tastes like it’s probably been hanging around in the fridge that long.
Sorry. I know. It’s an institution. You grew up with it. I get it. I’m assuming it used to be great since there are so many of them, but whatever Tommy’s once had, it ain’t got it today. Out of all 21 places we ate at this week, all the chili, all the pastrami, all the burgers—Tommy’s was the only burger I wouldn’t eat again. It literally had the aftertaste of something left in a refrigerator for 3 months. Not cool.
Maybe we caught ‘em on an off day. Maybe people are just coming for the (admittedly pretty good) fries. All I can tell you is I’m not coming back.
Guys, we’ve all been to In-N-Out. There’s probably one within walking distance from where you live. It tastes good. It’s consistent. We didn’t want to go to just any In-N-Out, so we went to probably the coolest one.
"They’re all the same!" you say. We say they aren’t. After dark, this In-N-Out is super cool because there are airplanes practically landing on top of you. Is it worth it to come out here just for the planes? That’s up to you. It’s pretty cool, but most people would probably prefer to go to the In-N-Out by their house. You’ll end up here eventually, though. We all head out here to pick up friends from the airport sometime or another. If you find yourself out here one evening, it’s worth lingering around.