Food & Drink

Your Essential Los Angeles Burger Update

Published On 06/01/2015 Published On 06/01/2015
The Oinkster
Jeff Miller/Thrillist
The Oinkster
Jeff Miller/Thrillist
Soleto
Larchmont
Mary Costa
Bowlero
Kristin Tieg
Eden Burger Bar
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1. Animal 435 N Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook's OG restaurant is a stone-cold classic in Los Angeles known for a constantly changing menu that's always creative and never stale. As the name suggests, Animal specializes in head-to-tail eating and meat-centric plates; past and present hits include a bacon crunch chocolate bar, a barbecue pork belly sandwich, and a short rib and bone marrow-blended burger.

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2. Royal 6541 Hollywood Blvd #102, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

The NOLA-centric Royal replaced the NOLA-centric Five0Four, but it's just as tasty. Take a crack at its po-boy-loaded menu and sample the extensive list of drinks, which are from Scopa Italian Roots' main man Pablo Moix.

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3. Oinkster 2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041 (Eagle Rock)

A classic burger spot from a renowned chef.

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4. Hamburguesas Punta Cabras 633 S Spring At, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The Tacos Puntas Cabras guys now have a burger stand, too, which means a super-simple menu with ridiculous add-ons like green curry guacamole and cactus-molcajete salsa.

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5. Springfield USA 100 Universal City Plz, Universal City, CA 91608

Universal Studios opened up a living, breathing re-creation of Springfield, which means after grabbing a Duff or two at Moe's Tavern (yup) you can meander over to Krusty Burger.

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6. Tom Bergin's 840 S Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Tom Bergin's is one of the city's most beloved bars, and perhaps the most legit Irish Pub on the planet (outside of Ireland, of course) what with being the inventors of the Irish Coffee. Head here for a classy, relaxing, and authentic Irish experience.

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7. Soleto 810 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Downtown)

If there's one thing the Lakers need, it's a point guard, but if there's another thing, it's a bench, but if there's a third thing it's a serviceable backup shooting guard, but if there's a fourth thing, it's a good pizza place near Staples. Enter Soleto, a trattoria/pizzeria from the Boa crew that evokes a Sherlock Holmes-hangout vibe with Old World light fixtures, worn brick walls, and hardwood floors, because every Dick loves hardwood.

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8. Plan Check 1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

This sophisticated gastropub -- with a few locations across Los Angeles -- is acclaimed for its burgers, whiskey, and craft beer. The namesake Plan Check burger, topped with pickles, onions, and Americanized dashi cheese, is famous for its layer of Ketchup Leather, which is a square of dehydrated tomato paste that melts over the patty like a layer of cheese. Plan Check’s comfort food vibe makes for a hip and social ambience, complemented by tall communal tables and plenty of bar seating.

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9. The Larchmont 5750 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The Larchmont is poised to present a new take on Californian farm-to-table cuisine in this two-story craftsman style structure.

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10. Ox & Son 1534 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

An ode to the butcher father who first taught him how to break down an animal, Ox & Son is chef Brad Miller’s eclectic meditation on hearty, meat-driven fare. Set in a rustic space with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Santa Monica restaurant serves daily oysters, surf and turf specialities, and a burger topped with raclette cheese, pickled onion, and truffle aioli. It's also a brunch destination thanks to inventive breakfast sandwiches, customizable omelets, and bottomless mimosas.

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11. Redbird 114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

Located in a refurbished church, Neal Fraser's Downtown LA restaurant is the ultimate high-end date spot. Redbird's food is next-level creative, like the signature Rabbitchetta dish, aka rabbit wrapped in porchetta. Aside from the gorgeous open-air dining room, there's also a beautiful outdoor patio for those SoCal nights.

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12. Bowlero 12125 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

If you're up for it, try the Behemoth Burger -- it weighs five pounds. IT WEIGHS FIVE POUNDS. This burger. Weighs. Five. Pounds.

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13. Baltaire 11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

Baltaire is the first steakhouse of its kind in Brentwood, with a 35-day dry aged cote-de-beouf and a monstrous shellfish platter that's sure to keep you coming back for more. This spot is great for special occasions, and if the ‘rents are in town, they won’t mind footing the bill at this classy steakhouse. For extra fancy-pants flair, order its incredible Greek salad or Dover sole -- both are proudly prepared tableside.

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14. Eden Burger Bar 333 1/2 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91206 (Glendale)

Eden Burger Bar's a sleek, ground-meat emporium from a former liquor distribution dude who's paired a black-tie interior (white tufted leather walls, black hardwood floors, white snakeskin-ish chairs) with tuxedo tail-equipped $10 burgers. Our favorite is the Rehab -- fried egg, sweet potato sausage hash, jalapeño bacon, Danish Harvarti cheese, and maple mustard mayo.

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15. Sweeney's Ale House 17337 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

Be sure to try the beef-chorizo-blended, pub-cheese-and-jalapeno-bacon topped Pub Burger when you're at this West Valley spot.