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Big Jo's Santa Monica -- Worth a Try?

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Big Jo's Santa Monica -- Worth a Try?

nosh | Jan 3, 2009 12:38 PM

Saw a mention of "Jo's" on a thread about Rick's Burgers near Silver Lake. After a Google search, realized I'd seen the joint, a burger stand on the west side of 20th at the corner of Broadway in Santa Monica. I love hole-in-the-walls, and recall driving past this place at times when it didn't appear open, or at least busy. Online reviews seem definitely split: many favorable about a good greasy-spoon simple burger combo or semblance of a cheesesteak at about $6. Others claim the burgers are made from frozen patties and are low-quality and weak.

Well, just a few blocks from there I can pick up a great al pastor burrito from Tacos Por Favor, get a double-chili-cheeseburger combo from Tommy's with the fries properly cooked welldone, or a shawarma pita from Hungry Pocket with their great hot sauce. My question is whether Big Jo's is worth a stop, and whether fellow 'hounds can recommend either the burger or the cheesesteak?

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