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Bill’s Hamburgers – Los Angeles, CA

Burgers, Los Angeles, West Coast By February 26, 2015 No Comments

The Vitals:
the burger:   double cheeseburger with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and mayonnaise
the bucks: $6.30
the coordinates: Los Angeles, CA

Recently a friend told me that if you do one thing for six years, you will become an expert at doing that thing. Bill Elwell has been making burgers for 50 years. That would make him an expert at cooking burgers eight times over. Do enough digging on the internet about Bill’s Hamburgers and you will find that the legend of his burgers are in fact superseded by the legend of the man himself. His salty demeanor, his five marriages, really his age alone allows the Bill’s Hamburgers experience to live up to the hype before you even take your first bite. Oh, and wait you will for that first bite. And we, the loyalists and devotees to Bill’s Hamburgers, are happy to do so. We gladly wait for one of seven stools to open up so we can wait some more to catch the attention of the person taking orders, so we can really settle in and wait and wait, till Bill Elwell makes us a perfect burger. The burgers are always perfect because of that wait. It’s a pace that has been 50 years in the making and it is exactly what makes Bill’s Hamburgers a temple for Bang for your Burger Buck.

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Pete’s Blue Chip – Los Angeles, CA

Burgers, Los Angeles, West Coast By February 12, 2015 No Comments

The Vitals:
the burger:  
the blue chip” – a double cheeseburger served up club style with three bun slices, american cheese, house made special sauce, mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, sliced onion and tomato 
the other burger: 4 oz chargrilled patty with avocado, bacon, shredded lettuce, pickle and house made thousand island
the bucks: $3.92, $6.54 respectively
the coordinates: Los Angeles, CA

Maybe you have heard of Blue Chip Stocks. If you haven’t, allow me to give you a quick wiki economics 101: Blue Chip stocks represent the companies that are considered to be the most dependable and steadily profitable, they are the ones that keep the ship steady in good times and not so good times. They become the indicators of how the market itself is performing. If they go down, then the whole system is in serious trouble. These companies are often followed as a group, which is called the Dow Jones Industrial Average. If ever there was a burger joint that deserved to be on the Dow Jones Index, well how appropriate that the burger joint should happened to be named “Pete’s Blue Chip.”

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One from the Vault: Dog Haus Biergarten – Pasadena, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By October 15, 2014 No Comments

Upon taking your first step inside Dog Haus Biergarten just off the main drag in Pasadena, you will pretty much get the place in 30 seconds or less. Flat screens playing sports, full bar and a food dude centric menu. What you may not get, at least until you sink your teeth into one of these over the top burgers is that the topping combos actually work together. And considering that some of these topping combos resemble an upper tier meal at KFC for the $7 mark, well, Bang had to make a trip to the 626 . . .

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One from the Vault: The Habit Burger Grill – Burbank, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By April 15, 2014 No Comments

My first successful visit to the Habit was the start of the Teriyaki Burger Movement. Faced with the stark reality that some burger establishments insist on cooking their burgers to the minimum temp of Medium Well . . .  Humanitarian relief efforts in the form of cheese and a few ingredients from the Polynesian cupboard seem wholly necessary. The results?

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One from the Vault: Burger Hut – Glendale, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By March 12, 2014 No Comments

The Valley is home to many a random burger dive, some of them, like Bill’s of Van Nuys, carry a following and reputation that make them a worthwhile stop. But once upon a time, in the beginning, some brave soul had to conjure up the courage to try the place for the first time thereby unleashing burger glory from a diamond in the rough. Burger Hut was my opportunity to find that anonymous burger joint and plant a flag.

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One from the Vault: The Great White Hut – Glendale, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By February 3, 2014 No Comments

The Los Angeles food scene has evolved much in the last 10 years. We got pizza joints that NYers make plans to visit, gastropubs that are growing on trees and iconic sushi restaurants spawning more iconic sushi restaurants. One aspect of the eating scene here that has been steady eddie has been the promise of shacks serving cheeseburgers and tacos. This meld of fast Mexican and American food was a natural osmosis. The kicker is finding the right mix of the two in a single meal.

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