Food & Drink

Could These New LA Burgers Be 'Best in the City' Contenders?

Published On 10/15/2015 Published On 10/15/2015
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1. Ledlow 400 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

From Chef Josef Centeno, Ledlow is a bright and airy cafe in DTLA that takes American comfort food very seriously. Expect handmade pastas, small plates, and an insanely delicious burger (available as a single, double, or triple) at dinner, and next-level sweet and savory plates at brunch. The restaurant has a vintage sensibility that feels part European, part turn-of-the-century Californian.

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2. Nick and Stef's Steakhouse 330 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Downtown)

Part of the Patina Restaurant Group, this Downtown steakhouse has a sleek and refined decor that seamlessly fits for any occasion: business lunches, happy hours, and dress-to-impress dinners. Expect an approachable menu with top-notch cuts -- think imported and domestic Wagyu, grass-fed filet mignon, and an incredible cheeseburger. A wrap-around outdoor patio is spacious and ideal for those mid-day meetings.

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3. Maia 8768 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

This restaurant, helmed by JT Torregiani, has a Californian concept with Asian and Latin influences. The ingredients are mostly local and fresh and the cocktails are meticulously crafted. Enjoy lobster quesadillas or a bison burger with havarti and caramelized onions on their stunning patio or in their rustic dining room.

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4. Belcampo Meat Co. 8053 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

California-based butcher and cafe chain Belcampo Meat Co. sources all of its grass-fed, organic beef from its own farm. The West Third outpost doesn't have a full-fledged butcher shop like other LA locations; instead, the counter-serve space focuses on quality burgers loaded with toppings like caramelized onions, American cheese, and barbecue sauce. It also serves egg, bacon, and sausage breakfast sandwiches for the morning rush.

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5. Sausal 219 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

This "Nuevo Rancho" restaurant pays homage to the Spanish and Mexican flavors of the California Rancho Days. Slow-roasting, grilling and rustic techniques are applied to most of the dishes, and the space is modern and beautiful with decorative tile floors and a fireplace.

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6. Chomp Eatery & Juice Station 1612 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

This salad and cold-pressed juice joint offers far more than you'd expect with a huge menu of everything from breakfast bowls to burgers sandwiched between donuts.

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7. Artisan House 600 S Main, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Downtown)

Finally opening to the public on Thursday, Artisan House's basically what would happen if you took every place you might go in a typical day, subtracted the orthodontist and Pilates center, and made each one of said places uniformly awesome, resulting in a multi-purpose 10000sqft, turn-of-the-20th-century-themed warehouse-ish space housing a resto, marketplace, and bar under 24ft-high ceilings with hardwood floors and marble tabletops that once served as the building's original floor.

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8. E.R.B. 1936 E. 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (Downtown)

From Matt Molina, a James Beard Award-winning alum of Osteria Mozza, and Randy Clement of Silver Lake Wine, Everson Royce Bar is a relaxed bar with well-constructed cocktails and critically-acclaimed food (especially the burger). The large back patio is a huge draw, complete with picnic tables, wood and brick walls, and a blue bocce court.

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9. Hopdoddy Burger Bar 850 S Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245

This Austin-based burger chain serves up hormone- and antibiotic-free beef ground in-house daily, hand-cut fries, and scratch-made buns. The varied burger options range from a classic lettuce, onion, tomato version to amped up ones, like the habanero-topped El Diablo. As for beverages, there are plenty of craft beers, unique cocktails, and solid milkshakes. The El Segundo location -- one of a few Hopdoddys in Southern California -- is airy and casual with sleek black booths, a center bar, and ample patio seating.

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10. Barrel and Ashes 11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

For the best barbecue in Studio City, look no further than Barrel and Ashes. The family-style menu includes out-of-this-world Texas-style brisket, wings, and tri-tip, plus a gooey, buttery, hoecake for dessert. Add a friendly staff, communal tables, and boozy cocktails, and this spot is a go-to for a casual and beyond-satisfying dinner.

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11. Manhattan House 1019 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

This rust-chic South Bay spot is serving up fresh American fare, and we really mean fresh: the majority of dishes here are made from scratch using plants, veggies, and other ingredients that the team grows in local community gardens. You'll want to start your meal with some scrumptious beignets or grilled lamb meatballs, and then move on to house-made pasta or seafood. Not to mention, Manhattan House bakes its own brioche and sourdough (the result is phenomenal). The menu will likely be different depending on what time of year you stop in, but you can always expect the utmost precision and care.

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12. ObicĂ  Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067 (Century City)

If you've ever dreamed of a mozzarella bar: ObicĂ ! ("Here it is!" in Italian.) Known for serving an extensive array of house-made water-buffalo mozzarella, Obica Mozzarella Bar e Pizza Cucina in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center is a church for all things Italian. Besides taking it straight to the face, which you can do, you might want to enjoy the pillowy cheese on a classic pizza, like the Bufala DOP e Pomodoro (organic tomato, mozzarella di bufala, basil leaf), with a glass of red wine on the side, of course. The menu here also features pastas, soups, and salads, plus a solid brunch menu with a must-try Sardinian French toast.