5 Great Burgers in Los Angeles

Capitol Burger
Capitol Burger
Anne Fishbein

Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (coming out Oct. 3), we'll be bringing you periodic lists of some of the best things we've found to eat and drink around town. Ice cream sandwiches and bowls of tsukemen, fish tacos and dan dan mian, cups of boba and glasses of booze. Read on.

In America, burgers are the great equalizer. There's a reason that the President's favorite blue collar campaign trail meal is a cheeseburger: They're the perfect everyman food, available in every voter district and are always at least satisfying, if not downright delicious. People come together over beef and bun, at summertime cookouts and in restaurants where the waitstaff will refold your napkin if you go to the restroom. In short, everyone loves a good burger.

Los Angeles is no exception, with a per capita burger rate that surely rivals any other city in America. From Santa Monica and East Hollywood to the hidden South Bay gems, turn the page to find five of our favorites.

R+D Kitchen
R+D Kitchen
Farley Elliott

5. R+D Kitchen

Not every burger needs to have beef, as evidenced by R+D Kitchen's stellar veggie burger. The Santa Monica New American eatery sports a patty made of toasted brown rice, mushroom and almonds, with some sautéed vegetables thrown in for good measure. Jack cheese and thin slices of avocado provide all the creamy fat you could hope for, with a nice sear at the edges to boot. Surround it with an angelic egg bun and you've got a burger that works for anyone, not just vegetarians. 1323 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 310-395-3314.

Capitol Burger
Capitol Burger
Anne Fishbein

4. Capitol Burger

As an old school burger stand, Capitol Burger on Pico Boulevard is among the best. The building has all of the smoky, slightly downtrodden charm you could want, with occasionally surly workers and fries that are served inside a cut-up beer box. The burgers are pure Southern California style: Two quarter pound patties are seasoned and seared with plenty of salt, then washed over with American cheese slices and finished off with a slice of tomato, some lettuce and a few pickles. Served on a commercial white bun that's been lightly toasted, Capitol Burger is a perfect living relic. 4301 W. Pico Blvd., Mid-City.



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