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San Diego's 7 Best Under-the-Radar Burgers

Published On 04/16/2014 Published On 04/16/2014
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Sara Norris
Sara Norris
Sara Norris
Sara Norris
Sara Norris
Sara Norris
Whisknladle
Kevin Andrew Falk
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1. BABS 4646 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111 (Kearny Mesa)

BABS, or Bao's Awesome Burgers & Sandwiches, sits among a bunch of Korean BBQ and noodle shops on Convoy, but inside are some of the best burgers in the city (and inside those burgers is a bunch of cheddar cheese!). Try the Texas Burger, covered in BBQ sauce and stacked high with bacon, LTO, and onion rings.

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2. Doods Foods 1863 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

While delivering White Russians is still outlawed in Cali, the Doods are now delivering Bankers Hill a weekly rotating menu ranging from the Dood Burger with special “Doods sauce” to a fried egg/ cheese/ french fry-loaded roll called The Short Bus, which apparently “dates back 70 years” to a time when riding it meant... you enjoy delicious sandwiches!

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3. Beaumont's 5662 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037 (La Jolla)

Beaumont’s is a Bird Rock gathering place with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus live music and a full bar. This versatile venue buzzes incessantly with locals here for the modern comfort food and warm ambience. Expect fusion iterations of American diner food like carne asada eggs Benedict with avocado and cilantro Hollandaise; a house burger loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic glazed onions, feta, and basil aioli; and wedge salad with fried chicken, bacon, and blue cheese. Cocktails are varied but familiar in flavor too, like the Narcissist with rye, ginger, and honey.

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4. Twist Sandwiches & More 2041 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

Twist has delicious fries, savory sandwiches, and huge wings -- but you're obviously there for the burgers. The namesake burger is topped with goat cheese, prosciutto, arugula, Twist sauce, balsamic syrup, and onions caramelized in Coke.

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5. Soda & Swine 2943 Adams Ave, North Park, CA 92116 (North Park)

Soda & Swine does meatballs in a way that you might not expect, assuming that the word "meatball" conjures up images of spaghetti all covered with cheese. Sure, they've got spaghetti and meatballs too, but this place gives you the ability to choose your mix and match your meat, creating anything from a meatball slider to meatballs a la carte. There's a wild bevy of sodas to choose from as well, so there's really no excuse for you to be anywhere other than here.

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6. Whisknladle 1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037 (La Jolla)

Built around the need for a restaurant using farm-fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch, Whisknladle delivers delicious apps and entrees alongside a creative cocktail list.

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7. Great Maple 1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103 (University Heights)

Not just a common compliment among syrup makers, Great Maple's a fancied-up '60s diner with a bit of European flair, coming at you from the guys who brought you Hash House a-Go-Go and The Tractor Room. This East Village spot offers extensive menu lineups, from brunch through dinner. Make a reservation if you can, because this place is constantly busy.

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