This OG burger spot has been serving classic, California-style cheeseburgers since 1963. The burger itself is pretty simple - an old-school greasy patty on a fresh bun with housemade Thousand Island dressing, American cheese, pickles, and lettuce. But there’s a reason they’ve never messed with this classic, because this is one of LA’s best burgers. Next time you’ve had a terrible day at work and need to drown your sorrows in meat and cheese, this is a great place to do it.
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The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse
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Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak is a massive, lodge-themed restaurant up in the Santa Monica mountains and a meat-lovers paradise worthy of the trip.
Plan Check downtown has great bar food and an even better beer list, an ideal combination for pre-gaming an event at Staples.
26 Beach Cafe
There's a 20-item long French toast section at 26 Beach in Marina del Rey, which is all you really need to know.
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The Father’s Office burger (in Santa Monica and Culver City) is amazing. If you don’t know that, you don’t get it.
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