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August 29, 2016
Top Picks… Burgers

Done your dash with biodynamic kale bowls? Seek respite from the Los Angeles #cleaneating epidemic with the polar opposite in quintessential Cali cuisine – the burger. From triff take-out to bistro bites, it may not be the hautiest of fare, but boy will it satisfy. Here are our top picks for perf patties in LA...

With a long rooted history in the town, kitschy-classic burger joints are two-a-penny, and an adventure in themselves. Like the nearly 70-year-old drive-through chain In-N-Out, whose burgers, fries and shakes are best sampled from your Mustang convertible. Simply iconic.

Or, diner darl The Apple Pan does no-frills, stuck in time, greasy spoon like no other. Replete with gleaming countertop, old-school cash register and waiters in crisp ‘50s uniforms. Pop a pew on one of the red vinyl stools and dig in. 

Speaking of no-frills, the 50-year-old Capitol Burgers stand is posi’d in a mid-town car park, trays are fashioned out of an old beer box and knees go under well-worn picnic tables. However, the burgers are nothing short of mouthwatering, chocka with gooey cheese and thick cut iceberg.  

If you’re wanting to veer from the trad, try LA-born sensation, Umami Burger. No sixth sense is needed to taste the meaty goodness of Umami’s patties, smothered in a variety of sauces from K-BBQ to their famed truffle aioli.

Another contempo opt is The Golden State, who serve brioche-bunned wonders that are perf paired with a craft ale. Or, forget the hype of perma-packed Trois Mec and cut to the chase at little bro Petit Trois for the legendary, oozing, bi-patty, ‘Big Mec’. You want fries with that?

In-N-Out / 7009 Sunset Blvd / WeHo / +1 800 786 1000 / 10.30am-1am Sun-Thu, 10.30am-1.30am Fri-Sat / + branch /

The Apple Pan / 10801 W Pico Blvd / Westside / +1 310 475 3585 / 11am-10pm Tue, 11am-midnight Wed, 11am-11pm Thu-Fri, 11am-1am Sat

Capitol Burgers / 4301 W Pico Blvd / Mid-Wilshire / +1 323 936 0366 / 7am-7pm daily

Umami Burger / 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd / Hollywood / +1 323 469 3100 / 11am-11pm Sun-Thu, 11am-midnight Fri-Sat / + branches /

The Golden State / 426 N Fairfax Ave / Fairfax / +1 323 782 8331 / noon-10pm Tue-Sat, noon-9pm Sun-Mon /
Petit Trois
/ 718 N Highland Ave / Hollywood / +1 323 468 8916 / noon-10pm Sun-Thu, noon-11pm Fri-Sat /

Photos © Anne Fishbein