Can a town ever have too many burger spots? Doubtful. We might already have out fair share of gourmet burgers, but we certainly don’t have any problem with welcoming one from out of town. Here are three new patty players on the scene:
After a long-delayed build-out on Sawtelle, this Las Vegas-based burger restaurant has opened its doors along Little Osaka’s restaurant row. The menu mirrors many of the upscale creations you’l find at the mini-chain’s two Vegas locations, including a Wagyu beef patty topped with roasted garlic, bleu cheese, mushrooms, spinach, and bacon, as well as a Chinese sausage burger served on a purple-hued taro bun. The extra-messy oxtail chili cheese fries, already a popular drunk food in Vegas, is sure to make waves among local late night eaters. There’s also a full bar available with a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.
Orange County restaurant owner Michael “Mick” Schepers has brought his popular burger shack Mick’s Karma Bar to Silver Lake under the moniker, Haché L.A., a reference to the freshly-chopped steak patties you’ll find on the menu here. The burgers are simply dressed to focus on the quality of the meat, but you can get one gussied up with spicy habanero relish and queso fresco if you prefer. The Belgian-style fries are triple-fried for maximum crunch and the house-made strawberry basil lemonade is prefect for a sunny day on the space’s open-air patio. There’s also well-priced selection of beers on tap that go nicely with your burger.
Steak ‘n’ Shake
This Midwestern diner chain, beloved for its hearty steakburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes as its name implies, is debuting its first West Coast location on Santa Monica’s 3rd St. Promenade on Oct. 14. Fans of the 24-hour burger joint (which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year) champion the crisp sear on the “smashed” patties and the soft butter-glazed buns, but it remains to be seen whether this import can stand up to local all-American favorites like Johnny Rocket’s, Mel’s Drive-In, and Fatburger.