The Oinkster
Jeff Miller (The Larchmont)
The Tripel (Cafe Stella)
Humble Potato
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1. Father's Office 3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (Culver City)

Chef Sang Yoon is the brains behind this nationally-acclaimed Los Angeles gastropub. Father's Office is especially famous for its Office Burger: a 100% chuck, dry-aged beef patty topped with blue cheese, arugula, and onion jam, and served on a toasted oval bun with garlic butter. Chef Yoon has a strict no modifications allowed policy on his burger, so either you like it or you don't -- but chances are you probably will.

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2. Little Bear 1855 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Proving that two stars can work together without getting in a fight about who gets to bang Topanga is the duo behind just-opened-downtown, industrial loft-esque, Belgian gastropub Little Bear, which includes the chef from Maximiliano & the Oinkster, and the beer guru from the Surly Goat, who will still eat your trash, but only begrudgingly.

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

This fast-casual burger joint with locations in Eagle Rock and Hollywood reimagines American classics using high-quality ingredients and pricing everything below $10. The one-third pound hamburger, made with Nebraska Angus beef, is a signature, as are sandwiches like the house-cured pastrami and BBQ pulled pork. The space feels like a retro diner with red vinyl booths and an A-frame roof. If you needed further proof that The Oinkster is above and beyond your standard fast-food restaurant, then consider this: it makes its own ketchup and serves a rotating selection of craft beer.

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4. The Oaks Gourmet Market 1915 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

This Bronson Ave spot is serving craft beers, boutique wines, small batch liquors, artisanal cheeses, and fresh-roasted coffees. But what you should really be getting is their burger -- it's the best in the neighborhood.

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5. 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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6. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar 1800 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

Southern-inspired pub fare in vibrant flavors and colors. This location once housed a liquor store, so serving spirits is in their blood.

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7. Umami Burger 4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Feliz, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

The burgers at this LA-based chain are different than the typical American hamburger because they're built around umami, the savory fifth taste that defines most Japanese food. The menu features a range of burgers, but the eponymous one, stacked with umami-amping ingredients like parmesan crisps, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions and ketchup, is a must-try. All burgers are served on a shiny brown bun and taste best when paired with an order of the signature thin-cut fries. One of the first Umami Burger locations, the Los Feliz outpost is more than three times the size of the La Brea original. More upscale than other burger chains, Umami is a sit-down spot that serves local craft beers.

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8. Tripel 333 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90023 (Marina Del Rey)

This cozy, wood-filled gastropub's doling out mostly local and Belgian craft brews (Hot Rod Rye IPA, St. Feuillien Saison, Rodenbach Grand Cru, etc.) as well as foodstuffs like potato-loaded steamed mussels and a monster burger made from duck confit & pork.

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9. The Golden State 426 N Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

This cafe is sparsely decorated with historical photos and small cartoons, with food and drink coming from some of LA's best: Craftsman beers, and sandwiches from the ex-Rustic Canyon head chef.

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10. Pie 'n Burger 913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106 (Pasadena)

This Pasadena institution has been there since 1963 and has weathered every burger trend you can imagine, with a no-frills approach (seriously, your burg options are hamburger, cheeseburger, turkey burger, and that's it) that hits home in the classic, Thousand Island-topped sense every time.

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11. Hole in the Wall Burger Joint 2200 Colorado Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90404 (West La)

Hole in the Wall is a cash-only burger joint in Santa Monica that offers a mind-boggling array of choices to customize your burger. The patty options are near endless -- beef, turkey, pastrami, Spam, and spicy chicken are just a few -- and you can get your burger on bread (the pretzel bun is a must) or atop a salad. Seating is available both inside and on the front patio.

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12. Cafe Stella 3932 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Silverlake)

Whether you prefer dry-aged meats or barrel-aged cocktails, this Silverlake French eatery is armed with rotating menus of both. With dark-wooded tables, red walls dressed in vintage French signage, and a fully-stocked brick-lined bar, the modern-rustic spot is a local favorite for brunch and dinner, alike. Morning plates like clarified butter-topped lemon-ricotta pancakes are served alongside steaming cups of fresh coffee, while the evening crowd typically starts with one of the seasonal house cocktails. Dinner guests enjoy hefty platters of things like red wine braised short ribs, or opt instead for lighter (but equally elegant) charcuterie plates garnished with fresh fruit spreads and herbed crackers. But above all else, every one must taste one of the famous aged cocktails -- after all, they take 35 days to make.

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13. 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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14. Carney's 8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (Hollywood)

Founded by a husband and wife duo in 1975, Carney's is the end-all-be-all for LA hot dogs. Rivaling Pink's, their unique sausages will bring you back down to Earth, all with a side of chili fries.

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15. Outlaws Cafe 6201 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401

This Van Nuys resto slings some of the finest burgers in town, with options like the Outlaws Burger ("1lb of spiced beef grilled to perfection and stuffed with bleu cheese, grilled mushrooms, grilled garlic, grilled onions, and pieces of jalapeño bacon") and the Hawaiian Burger with coconut flakes and avocado.

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16. Tee's On The Green 6433 LA Tuna Canyon Rd, Tujunga, CA 91042

Although Tee's On The Green is a funky little shack on the side of the kind-of-beat-up Verdugo Hills golf course, don't let that stop you from coming through and trying its delicious burgers, which include such unique options like the Hangover Burger marinated in Bloody Mary beer sauce.

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17. Humble Potato 8321 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 (Lax Area)

The next time your GF doesn't want to take the FlyAway Shuttle from Westwood to the airport because "yuck, buses are gross", and you end up having to drive all the way out to the airport, you might as well stop by this Westchester burger joint, which adds Asian flavors (soy, etc) to American staples including a hot dog laced w/ soy-pickled jalapenos, a home-style fried chicken sandwich w/ tonkatsu sauce, and a Japanese-curry-and-Angus-beef burg they call a Hambaga.

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18. Eveleigh 8752 W Sunset, Hollywood, CA 90028

The rustic space that houses Eveleigh has a reclaimed, wood-laden indoor-outdoor dining room with a communal table and sofa-like seating. Their outdoor patio is the real draw, where you'll feel as though you've entered a gorgeous garden party, surrounded by homegrown herbs and vegetables. From land (lamb meatballs) to sea (wild Pacific yellowtail), every dish on Eveleigh's menu is market-fresh and crafted with care.

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19. FOOD 10571 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (West La)

This eclectic Westside cafe dishes out a number of soups, sandwiches, signature salads, and house-made sweets, not to mention some of the best burgers in the area.



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