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A Burger Kind Of Weekend (Report)

ataway | Jun 13, 200507:19 PM

I just moved to LA, my first time posting on this board, hope this helps....

With no real intent at the start, my travels allowed me the opportunity to sample some of LA’s finest burgers. I am sure many of you have had at least one burger from one of these three restaurants but I figured I would post anyway.

Friday Night – Finding myself at the Dresden for an after work drink, my friends and I headed up to Fred 62 for a late night dinner. I am usually only at Fred’s for breakfast on the weekends and have never had the chance to eat their dinner fare. I had heard a lot about the Thai Cobb salad, but as you now know, I was in the mood for a burger. (SIDE NOTE: A friend had the Thai Cobb and said it was great. Spinach, chicken, egg, tomato, Sum Tum noodles, tomato, green papaya and a spicy creamy dressing with fried wonton strips).

I had the patty melt. I am a sucker for patty melts. It was a nice juicy burger (6 oz.) served medium rare with swiss cheese and grilled onions. The rye bread was perfectly toasted on the grill and soaked up all of the juices from the thick patty. All in all, a good patty melt. (Vermont between Hollywood and Franklin)

Saturday Day – Hounding had me down near USC on Saturday and I ended up at Fresh & Meaty Burgers for lunch. Having lost a favorite in the closing of Mo’ Better Meaty Meat Burger (Fairfax and Pico) I was overjoyed to find this hamburger mecca in South LA. (Another SIDE NOTE: I have heard a rumor that the former owners of Mo’ Better were looking to reopen and I forgot to ask the Fresh & Meaty folks if they were one and the same. Next time.) I ordered a King Burger cooked medium rare. It took a little while, they cook the ½ pound patty to order and things were moving slowly in the kitchen, but it a Saturday and it was worth the wait.

The thick patty was covered in mustard (it looked almost like the mustard cooked “animal style” patty from In-n-Out) with lettuce, tomato, onion and spicy relish (you have to ask for the spicy relish to be added on). The patty was a little overcooked, but it was still very juicy. The bun was a good size, but it still had a hard time holding the burger and all of the toppings in place. Washed down with a strawberry soda, all for around $5.50, it was a great lunch. (Florence between 7th and 8th Ave.)

Sunday Afternoon – Seeing as how I rarely find myself west of the 10, I had to venture to Father’s Office in Santa Monica to round out the burger filled weekend. I was lucky enough to get there before the rush and was able to snag a table without any waiting. There has been a lot of discussion on the Father’s Office burger and I have to agree with most of it. The rectangular shaped sandwich comes cooked perfectly to order (medium rare again) with caramelized onions, applewood bacon compote, gruyere and maytag blue cheeses, and arugula. The burger was incredibly tasty very juicy and the bun was good quality and held strong. The only negative was that the sheer amount of caramelized onions took away from the rest of the burger at some times. Add to that a side of thin cut shoestring fries and an excellent selection of Belgian Beers and you have a perfect meal. I had the Maudite, a red ale from Quebec and a Belgian Karmeliet Tripel. (Montana between 10th and 11th Ave.)

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