Food & Drink

LA's 11 best under-the-radar burgers

Published On 01/31/2014 Published On 01/31/2014
Flintridge Proper
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Mess Hall Kitchen
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1. 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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2. Mess Hall 4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

This sleek, summer-camp-themed Loz Feliz spot (think metal cafeteria trays on the wall) pulls out all the stops: an extensive gastro-inspired menu with offerings at breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night, plus a full raw oyster bar. We'll narrow it down for you: try the fried chicken sandwich (with a hot honey aioli), a side of the perfectly crisp french fries, and a mint julep out of their top-notch cocktail program, and head for the outdoor patio.

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3. JNJ Burger Shack 5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016 (Baldwin Hills)

Hidden behind awnings and an iron fence, this literal shack in West Adams specializes in burgers and barbecue standbys like pork ribs, beef brisket, and pulled pork. The menu is crowded with meats and sides (collard greens, chili fries, mac & cheese), and you’ll have to make a game time decision between the BBQ combo plate and one of the single or double burgers. Before you make any rash decisions, know that the signature Four Finger Burger -- two patties, two hot dogs, three slices of bacon, and an egg -- is unforgettable. Aside from the kitchen, JNJ is outdoors, but there’s a covered patio with picnic tables.

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4. Mo's Restaurant 4301 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

Mo's has been serving up mouth-watering burgers since 1995 and they don't plan on slowing down. With a whole page of their menu devoted to burgers with speciality, classic and custom-design options it would be impossible to find something unsuitable.

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5. Dog Haus Biergarten 93 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Pasadena)

This parlor-style joint brings Pasadena the most creative and delicious hot dogs around. Their special all-beef skinless dogs come in several signature varieties, like the Sooo Cali, topped with wild arugula, spicy basil aioli, crispy onions, avocado, and tomato. Feeling adventurous? You can customize your own dog with a selection of 40+ toppings. Veggie dogs are available, too, as are their tasty burgers and sausages.

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6. Slater's 50/50 8082 Adams Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92646

50/50 is a great burger joint doling out a burger of the month -- often cardiac arreset-inducing and SUPER delicious. In addition to their delicious burger selection, we are huge fans of their wide selection of beers on tap. This is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and watch the game.

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7. Flintridge Proper 464 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 (Pasadena)

Flintridge Proper places a heavy emphasis on convivial spirit, human warmth and attention to detail which is immediately apparent upon entering the restaurant. Whether you're stopping in for a quick drink or a proper sit down dinner you're time spent will be inviting and relaxing.

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8. Seoul Sausage Company 11313 Mississippi Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

If there's one thing Seoul is known for, it's living in constant fear their neighbors to the North are going to bomb the s**t out of them. If there's another, it's sausages -- or at least, that's what Seoul Sausage Company'd lead you to believe. The company is a labor of love to the founders, brothers Yong and Ted Kim, who bring a spin on Korean BBQ that won them the title of Food Network's 3rd The Great Food Truck Race.

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9. Blue Dog Beer Tavern 4524 Saugus Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (Mid Valley)

Located just off the 405 in what used to be a dental office (which now looks like a mid-construction Victorian home thanks to wood lattices, antique light fixtures and decor, and a bar and walls made from the original 1940s floors), the Blue Dog Beer Tavern's got a vibe that's part local dive, part sports bar, part vintage flea market. Craft beer is thing place's specialty, and at any given moment they're sure to have more than 60 drafts from LA breweries that'll wash down a house-ground burger with ease. The spacious and surprisingly modern back patio offers some breathing space when the tables inside get cramped at rush hour.

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10. The Standing Room 144 N Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (Redondo Beach)

Hidden inside Catalina Liquor, The Standing Room is an inconspicuous counter-serve that cooks up incredible burgers in Redondo Beach. The vaguely Asian-American menu has a pretty extensive selection of half-pound burgers and hot sandwiches, plus sides like truffle parmesan fries and shishito peppers. Though The Standing Room is definitely a meat-lover's paradise (burgers are topped with bacon, braised short rib, and Korean-marinated beef), it offers a few vegetarian options like fried tofu and portobello mushroom.

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11. The Escondite 410 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

A dark-lit, off the beaten path, neighborhood dive bar with daily live music and an amazing burger menu.

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