Bill & Hiroko's Burgers

14742 Oxnard St.
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Bill & Hiroko's Burgers +

Farley Elliott


  • Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner
For the past half-century, there has been no burgerman more stubbornly dedicated to his post than Bill Elwell, the 89-year-old curmudgeon who, along with his wife, Hiroko, helms the steel flat-top griddle at Bill & Hiroko’s Burgers. Housed in a gritty roadside shack in industrial Van Nuys, Bill & Hiroko’s has been serving the platonic ideal of the Southern California cheeseburger — think peppery patties, vulcanized American cheese, grilled onions, mayo, tomato, lettuce, squishy bun — since before man landed on the moon. The cramped kitchen’s seasoned griddle is even older, almost a century, and Bill’s devoted regulars postulate it’s the reason the patties have developed their trademark charred crust. In some alternate universe, you could imagine there being a franchise of Bill’s located off every freeway exit instead of In-N-Out, but that’s not Elwell’s style. He’s been telling customers for years that he doesn’t want more business. Yet they keep coming, as often as they can, for a taste of the cheeseburger that time forgot. —Garrett Snyder

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