Quoted from jgentry:
1. 5 guys
5 Guys good. In N Out kinda bland. Habit's good. Micky Ds new fresh meat 1/4 pounder very good. But the best is that Hawaiian burger joint.
I have a hard time with the Hoff burger at Carls Jr. lately because it's like they cooked the meat yesterday. But years ago they were great.
Quoted from GravitaR:
I've had the Five Guys burger on 2 different occassions.
I had one yesterday with grilled onions, grilled jalapanos, grilled mushrooms, lettuce and tomato and it was great. Chocolate malt and their fries are 1000 times better than In N Out.
I've got four In N Outs around here and never go to any of them.
We used to have a Teddy's burgers until recently which was an actual Hawaiian burger joint and it was absolutely the best. So good, you could order your burger rare and not have to worry about it. They are gone now though.
I'd like to try all the burgers mentioned we don't have here. I always see out of towners saying they wish they had an In N Out, but when you live close to them they really aren't that special. Doesn't stop people from lining up to get them though. Mostly because they are cheap and fresh I guess. Or mostly because they are cheap.
I haven't done Fuddruckers in a while but they used to be really good too.
Quoted from NorCalRealtor:
No Fuddruckers? I'm a big fan of their 1lb burger w/bacon & cheese. One of these days they'll be hauling me out of there in a meat wagon.
I used to eat there all the time when I worked in El Toro. They had a CFTBL there as well. Closest one's by Knotts Berry Farm now, so I really don't get there. I'd love to have one nearby.
Quoted from jhanley:
Are you talkin about Rumbi Grills Kahuna Burger? They're excellent.
I was talking about Pulp Fiction. lol.
But Teddy's was the best damn Hawaiian burger joint I ever ate at.
Quoted from Chisox:
Five Guys is winning this poll? Really?
It's the winner here all things considered. Plus getting in and out of our closest In-N-Out is a super big hassle. I don't even bother with the three others within a few miles that do have a drive thru.
He didn't even include that lessor burger joint in the poll.
In and Out must be one of those back east burger joints that I would like to try some day.
I want a fresh burger the way I want it. With as many of the ingredients I like put on it. I want to sit on the patio if I want. And eat peanuts out of the shell if I like. I want fries with real flavor.
In and Out is gaining in the poll, but I've still never heard of that place. California is kind of an island in that regard.
I have heard of White Castle though. We only get them frozen.
Quoted from ThatOneDude:
Give me Habit Burger anytime. That's definitely a California chain. I had a really good Super Duper a while back, though, so I could be persuaded. Never got into In and Out
Dude, it's almost a tossup between Habit and 5 Guys for me as they are both only a few blocks away. I'll go to either way before I'd even consider In-N-Out. Depends on what I'm in the mood for.
Both have great burgers, shakes, and fries. 5 guys wins out with the peanuts, a slight edge in the shakes, and I really like all the grilled doodads on my burger.
Habit is a little cheaper and has an avocado option, and onion rings to die for. And is closer to the college, so the scenery is always great.
Habit is always 10 times busier than 5 guys so that must say something.
I know I have way over posted in this thread but I'm enthused! So I'll just leave this here for posterity's sake.
Johnny Rockets brings the can with the shake, boy does that take me back.
Cocos used to do that with the best burger ever, The Lumberjack. Hasn't been the same since they renamed it The Cattleman.
Disclaimer- I have made most of my burger choices here including regards to how far I have to go to get them.
Five Guys is a hop skip and a jump that any derelict could pull off.
Closest Tommy's is up Fullerton road near the 60 Freeway.
Nimblepin and myself would stop there on the way back from Don's in Beverly Hills, rest his soul, with a truck full of pinballs in the middle of the night and bring a chill cheese burger to Bob who would be waiting patiently in my garage.
If that place was closer, I would probably be fat.
Fatburger was good, we just don't have one by here anymore.
If we are going to drive where Fatburger is we go to Portillos instead.
Back to Johnny Rockets. There are only a few locations I know of or have been to and all in amusement parks. There are at least a couple in Magic Mountain, and one in Knott's Berry Farm. They bring that old time malt shop diner back to life.
Old pic as that ride is long gone.
The only problem with 5 guys is they build their burgers upside down.
Lettuce and tomato belong under the meat, knuckleheads.
Quoted from goingincirclez:
How the hell is McDonald's ahead of Carls Jr aka Hardee's?!
Because MickyDs makes it's quarter pounder with fresh beef cooked fresh when you order it.
Carls Jr. uses a dry jerky burger patty that might have been cooked hours before. At one time Carls used fresh beef, but not since the 70s.
At Pup N Taco we deep fried our burger patties, and the chili cheeseburger was really good. We made our chili in house from scratch.
Fries are the infamous but now extinct Frispos that Carls Jr. used to have till sometime in the 80s. Potato pellets mixed with water and then squeezed through a clear cylinder and then the cutter. Golden brown and crispy on the outside, and near a firm mashed potato texture on the inside. Very good.
And say hello to the new version of the classic Naugles Ortega Burger.
For more about Pup N Taco, feel free to browse this site where o-din started his blogging career. It's only been here and there folks.
Quoted from bluespin:
Polly’s Pies is a bakery restaurant that makes great burgers. Their primary business is making pies inside a restaurant. It was a popular business model in Southern California and their competitors were Marie Callender’s, Hof’s Hut and a few small mom and pops.
Growing up they didn’t have fries, but served really great baked beans instead.
The Pollys near us opened in the late 60s and I can't remember them never not having fries as I thought they were part of their Sunday dinner special that included a burger and a piece of pie for $1. But the beans are excellent. They had a player piano and a bunch of scrolls that we could work ourselves. They provided the dimes.
It's still there in the same location, busy as ever.
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:
Was that the Ruby’s at the end of the HB pier?
Quoted from girloveswaffles:
I believe there used to be one in Fullerton (maybe O-Din can confirm this one
On Orangethorpe across from Monkey Wards near Harbor. A+W on tap was great.
There was a Goony miniature golf and a Giant Slide as well as The Anaheim Drive In that same area so it must have been some kind of entertainment hub of the town before I came along. The slide was closed and the golf was super run down even when I was a kid. The drive in became defunct later like all the rest of them.
Our H. Salt went away when the landlord jacked his rent about 15 years ago. I remember when it opened that glass heater case was always full. Gotta use the malt vinegar though. No Long John Silvers in sight.
Wienerschnitzel had a decent gut bomb chili cheeseburger but they recently changed the meat patty, and it's not so good anymore. If it works, why fix it?
Does anybody in the Ohio area remember the Hamburger Giant statue? I think it was in or near Toledo when we were there in the early 70s.
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:
Just finished reading best burger in Boston, and it concluded with none of the chains making the list. Proving you need quality beef to make a great burger - and none of the chains start with what it takes.
I just searched OC and Habit is the only one in the poll that makes the list at #16.
#5 on the list is looking pretty good though.
Quoted from AlexF:
I hear Portillo's has a pretty good burger also. I've never had one though because I can't go there and not order the Italian beef.
Everytime I go to Portillos, I tell myself I'm going to try the burger. Just can't do that though when they sell the best hot dogs around.
Gotta love this shot. I worked there at this very location. Food was way better back then and I could custom make myself a triple star. It's now a 7/11.
To the right is one of the very first KFCs in the area with the spinning bucket and all. We used to trade the workers food on the night shift.
McDonalds was great when they used to cook all their burgers fresh, instead of just cramming all the cooked patties in a drawer to be used later. And before they changed whatever oil they were cooking their fries in.
They have made a slight comeback with the fresh beef quarter pounder, but the fries will never be the same.
Quoted from MotorCityMatt:
When was that? I worked there for a summer in high school probably 1990. We would cook 12 at a time, wrap the up and put them in the big warmer behind the crashers
70s maybe into the 80s. You could always see the grill going. Finished burgers were then wrapped and slid down metal tracks where the cashier could grab them.
If you were in doubt about the freshness, just order it special like with no pickles, and they would always pull you a hot, juicy patty right off the grill. With the patties in a drawer now, you still get a stale one no matter how you order it.
Unless you go quarter pounder of course. Those are really juicy and good now.
It was the same way at Carls Jr. We never threw a patty into the charbroiler until it was ordered. Now you can tell they were cooked long before.
Hard to believe freeze dried Frispos pellets were so darn good. I took them over the real deal back then.
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:
I went on a deep search to find machine and bags of pellets last year. You can find the spuds , just no machine to work with.
Those fries were the best fried mash potato fries ever! , and the ketchup cups were revolutionary for dipping.
I've looked too. Not much out there. You would have to find an old picture of the fry station inside a Carls Jr. or Pup N Taco.
I worked at both and the machine was a real work of genius and fun to watch. You pour the pellets in the top, push the button, and the machine does the rest all visible through a clear cylinder. When I cleaned it at the end of the night it was like leftover cookie dough.
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:
I also miss Carl's Roast beef sandwich of that era early 80's..So good, had a ortega chili on it and swiss, yummy.
That was real good but it went in a microwave and sometimes wrecked havoc on the bun. But I ate them. Steak sandwich made with flaked and formed beef too.
When I would come home from a long day at the beach and start my shift, I would take three big patties and frisbee them halfway into the charbroiler so they came out juicy and rare and put three slices of swiss cheese on it. I would also leave an order of onion rings in the fryer twice as long as they were supposed to be so they were super extra crispy and have a serious munch. It was all half price for employees so there was no incentive to steal anything.
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:
That's why I was Happy I got fired from Carl's.
I got let go from Carls because I was only 14 and you had to be 16 with a work permit. Somehow I had got around that for a while because my brother was an assistant manager till they caught on. Anything to make a buck back then.
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:
Still have an old milk crate, holds my empty beer bottles.
I just dug out a 70s vintage Carls Jr tray been hiding at my moms house for the last 40+ years.
Quoted from vicjw66:
5 guys fries are mushy and have some funky flavor to them. I just want salt on my fries not some weird flavored salt like they it on theirs.
Just get the regular fries, not the Cajun.
Between the peanuts, the burger, and the shake, I don't even order fries anymore. As good as they are.
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