OK, got a flyer insert in today's Sunday L.A. Times advertising a new westside burger joint, called Hole in the Wall. Located at 11058 Santa Monica Blvd. at Bentley, it included coupons for either free fries or a can of soda with a burger. The concept appears similar to The Counter, with half-pound burgers of either beef, turkey or veggie sold for $7.95 including choice of bun, cheese, and basic toppings, with premium add-ons like bacon, mushrooms, or avocado available for an additional buck.
Anybody tried the place yet? Unfortunately for their advertising dollar, they are closed on Sundays. They claim their chef has won accolades for best chef and best cupcake in L.A., and promise homemade spreads, ketchup and pickles. I'm looking forward to giving the place a try later this week, but if anyone has beaten me to it, please share any first impressions.
FYI -- By far my favorite burger is nearby at Philly West, the divy bar on the east side of Westwood just south of Santa Monica Blvd. Their half-pound flame-grilled burger is a juicy treat, served on a toasted Philly cheesesteak roll with all the condiments. I also have had some fine big double-cheeseburgers at The Shack, though once the bun was untoasted and way too soft and another time the burger patties appeared to be precooked. Unfortunately not a big fan of The Counter in Santa Monica -- too much of a hassle and they can't cook a charred juicy medium-rare burger to save their life. Enjoy Island's a lot more.