BEST BURGERS IN SOCAL
JANUARY 15, 2015
Living in SoCal means living by some excellent burgers. Here are a few of the best burgers in Southern California.
It’s all in the name. Slater’s 50/50 is a Southern California restaurant chain that has rapidly grown in popularity thanks to that percentage in its name, which refers to its beloved hamburger patty that is 50% beef and 50% bacon. Their slogan is “burgers by design” and that rings true with the over 40 toppings — which doesn’t even include the myriad of cheese and sauce choices — you can add to your hefty beef and bacon patty, including Fritos, peanut butter, pickled beets, and grilled pineapple. You can also choose what kind of bread (try the bacon pretzel bun!) and patty you want to customize your burger with. In addition to the 50/50, Slater’s offers Carne Asada, beef only, chicken, veggie, turkey, Portabello mushroom, and a meat of the month for patty options. If building your own burger sounds too overwhelming, you can pick from Slater’s specialty burger menu instead, which already has gourmet burger ingredients expertly put together. Slater’s has a sports bar atmosphere with plenty of TVs hung up and comfortable, inviting tables. Slater’s 50/50 has numerous locations around SoCal. Try the Huntington Beach location, which has a fun, beachy atmosphere. There are two others centrally located in Orange County in Lake Forest and Anaheim, plus locations in San Diego, San Marcos, Rancho Cucamonga, and Pasadena.
Rocky’s Crown Pub
Rocky’s Crown Pub is located in the Crown Point neighborhood of Pacific Beach (PB), one of the beach communities of San Diego known for its bars and party atmosphere. However, Crown Point has a more laidback atmosphere compared to lively Garnet Street in PB and the vibe inside cash-only Rocky’s reflects that. Walk in and you’ll find a simple room of wooden tables, lined with a bar on one side and a few televisions on the wall. Some open windows are in the front of the bar but they don’t do much to lighten the place up. It’s a dive bar through and through. And oh yeah – this dive bar cooks up incredible hamburgers. Rocky’s Crown Pub only has hamburgers on its menu — always a good sign you’re in for something special. They’re served one way with tomatoes and lettuce on the side and the option of cheese. Ketchup and mustard bottles are already on the tables. In a world of gourmet burgers, it’s the simplicity that makes Rocky’s stand out — and the flavorful, juicy, cooked-to-perfection patty.
Sometimes your basic burger won’t cut it, and that’s when you head to Stout while you're in port in Los Angeles. Stout specializes in two things: craft burgers and craft beers. The burger part of the menu features creative options with toppings and patty fillings ranging from roasted tomatoes to Fig jam to prosciutto plus a variety of artisan cheeses, including Brie and aged cheddar. It’s hard to go wrong with the eatery’s namesake, the Stout Burger, which features Stout’s ground in-house beef topped with rosemary bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes, horseradish cream, blue cheese, and emi gruyere. Stout also serves organic chicken and veggie burgers. Recommended beer pairings on the menu for each burger adds to the fun of eating at Stout. Stout has three locations in Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Studio City.