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Whiz - Bang for your Burger Buck

Thanks TailbackU!

Apr 19, 2015
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Grill 'Em All - Bang for your Burger Buck

Death to False Burgers!!!

The FTW, "For the Win", is no False Prophet, it's straight up Bang for your Burger Buck for 6 freaking bucks. And good lord can these guys cook it bloody. Rare is strictly for the Hannibal Lector crowd, most will be satisfied with Medium, but if you choose to go with the barebones cheeseburger, Medium rare is pretty solid. The cheese is melted like it was set in a kiln and the bun is buttered like a gut buster grilled cheese.

Grill 'Em All is everything that is right in our current foodie movement: a gastropub with attitude levels set to thrash.

More at #bangforyourburgerbuck http://bangforyourburgerbuck.com/gril...

Apr 19, 2015
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Whiz - Bang for your Burger Buck

It seems like I am doomed to be forever behind on keeping up with all of Los Angeles' up and coming new restaurants. But I am glad to say I finally made it out to Koreatown to sample some of Chef Wes Leberher's fare at Whiz. Leberher made waves with his first effort, Beer Belly, and I am happy to report that he is taking those skills over to this corner sandwich shop that draws you in with hefty cheesesteaks and hoagies on Amoroso rolls but keeps you coming back with a burger that has some Bang for your Buck.

I would wager most off us would find the sight of Sriracha on out tables as common place, but the P Dub Burger at Whiz shows off a chef's prowess for the Asian Pantry and delivers an interesting retool of a classic barebones cheeseburger.

More pics and thoughts over at Bang for your Burger Buck:
http://bangforyourburgerbuck.com/whiz...

Bill's Hamburgers Bang for your Burger Buck

No french fries, but you can get chips. You order pretty much how you want but Ive heard he personally bemoans customers who 86 mayo and he wont put ketchup on the burger but they have bottles at the counter. He is not much of a screamer - too old, id say the "surliness" that is served on the house comes off more as a nonchalant attitude with a heavy dash of grump.

Gordon Ramsey he certainly aint.

Worth your $6 to try once(what isnt really?)

Mar 01, 2015
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Bill's Hamburgers Bang for your Burger Buck

I will sat this about the pics for Bill's - the cross section pic I think is very revealing to how good this burger at this price point.

Mar 01, 2015
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Bill's Hamburgers Bang for your Burger Buck

Finally made the pilgrimage over to Van Nuys for one of the truly great burger experiences in Los Angeles. After scratching my head trying to figure the love folks got for old school spots like Pie N Burger, In N Out and others, I finally found a vintage burger experience in Southern Californian that shook my me to my midwest roots(crepe thin griddle patty style).

Bill Elwell is the Kazunori Nozawa of burgers and at the age of 87, the sun is ultimately setting on this special burger experience. If you haven't gone or it's been awhile - make tracks to get there, or get back, soon.

Pics and more thoughts over at Bang for your Burger Buck: http://bangforyourburgerbuck.com/bill...

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

wow I was expecting a heftier price tag - will have to check it out!

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- BURGERS

I'm literally always on the hunt for good burgers for a good value and while I think that Pono was one of the best "high end/chef driven concept burgers", I'm really enamored about my latest find - Pete's Blue Chip, which is also my latest post on Bang for your Burger Buck. http://bangforyourburgerbuck.com/pete...

Feb 15, 2015
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Teo Bar and Grill - San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico - Bang for your Burger Buck

Happy to report that Teo Bar and Grill is a legit burger Oasis in San Jose del Cabo and not a bad deal as a hefty cheeseburger with fries ran me $9. Beef was organic, cooked over mesquite, the toppings came from the Chef's garden and the bun was what a hipster would brag about at his neighborhood gastropub.

Pics and more here: http://bangforyourburgerbuck.com/teo-...

Feb 03, 2015
blackbookali in Mexico

Angelini Osteria - Mixed

Angelini is decent however the favorable reviews on chowhound make it seem like you board a private jet to Italy. I think the place has it's charm but there is comparable to superior Italian food to be had at numerous other places around town. The only time I am ever blown away by Angelini is by hearing the raves from the albeit numerous fanatics.

Feb 02, 2015
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Hidden burger gems for under $5?

Hey ronsilverado - thanks for your kind words about the Bang series and just in case you didn't know - we have a new home of our own: http://bangforyourburgerbuck.com/

what to do with a lot of pork bones(stock recipes etc needed)

oatmeal? wow that's awesome . . .

Feb 01, 2015
blackbookali in Home Cooking

what to do with a lot of pork bones(stock recipes etc needed)

Hey there,

I have a ton of pork bones from a baby pig we butchered. Looking for any stock recipes, au jus - whatever.

Jan 31, 2015
blackbookali in Home Cooking

what are your favorite burger food trucks?

About to commence a serious exploration of mobile burger slingers and would love to know what the current consensus is . . .

Jan 31, 2015
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Bang for your Burger Buck | The Best Burgers in your city for your hard earned buck.

Hey everyone,

Before today, a Baja Mexico search would be focused on the more obvious like road side taco stands, where to buy local seafood and those regional focused restaurants that serve say dishes from the Yucatan that just don't pop up as often as they should be in my life, despite living in a city like Los Angeles.

But that all changed today, because I am now the proud parent of a bouncing baby blog about burgers, linked on this post. And as any proud parent, I need to be on the hunt for burgers where ever I go. My parameters are anything great for $10 or less.

Looking forward to seeing what's out there . . .

Jan 12, 2015
blackbookali in General Topics

Super Burger - Pasadena

Im def hitting this one up! Thx!

Jan 08, 2015
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Lagasse Stadium vs B&B Burger Bar

Hey all. Staying at the Palazzo and looking at "casual"(i.e. this is NOT the Joel Robuchon trip) and these two burger places came up. Any thoughts on either or anything else of this ilk in the Palazzo vicinity?

Dec 28, 2014
blackbookali in Las Vegas

The burgers at Dog Haus (Pasadena Biergarten)

I don't have to go back but I would gladly end up there and order a burger, though I would probably try one of the tamer ones. For me, the key to Dog Haus is that is a great venue for watching sports, and in that category, I laud their efforts in the kitchen. When I think about Big Wangs, and the deceased Hollywood Billiards, Dog Haus is a straight up Michelin 1 star.

Nov 25, 2014
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

The burgers at Dog Haus (Pasadena Biergarten)

had the tots and they were friggin awesome. now i dont actively seek tatet tots but those were good . . .

making bacon in advance

Hello all,

So this year, our Thanksgiving is taking on a sandwich theme. Turkey breasts are taking over for the whole bird(sorry Norman Rockwell) and along with the standard issue of sides, im bringing some bread, thousand island dressing, a roasted red bell pepper aioli and bacon.

The trick is that the host has requested us to prepare foods at home, giving her the necessary space to do her thang in her cozy kitchen. Easy for things like the dressing and aioli but then there is the bacon . . . . Have you ever made bacon in advance? How much in advance? Tips on this are much appreciated . . .

PS - ill take all the recipes you got for aiolis and 1000 island dressings . . .

thx and happy thx givin!

Nov 25, 2014
blackbookali in Home Cooking

The burgers at Dog Haus (Pasadena Biergarten)

So my assessment is that the Dog Haus is exactly as the menu advertises: over the top topping combos looking to turn burgers into some sort of dagwood sandwich. It's fun. And a very filling burger for the price. I would totally try their burger plain as they take some care in sourcing the meat but going plain at Dog Haus seems to be missing the point. More thoughts filed here: http://www.lataco.com/taco/dog-haus-b...

Oct 24, 2014
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

The burgers at Dog Haus (Pasadena Biergarten)

Heading there later this week and was curious about the burgers. Anybody have any favorites? Is the extra patty a silly option? Prices seem fairly reasonable . . .

Sep 30, 2014
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

LA County Fair - 2014 roundup

As much as the theory of bacon wrapped pork belly seemed appealing, the reality left a bad taste in my mouth. Overall the food I had was forgettable(beef rib, eyed some greek food - ouch, fries and chicken strips were Sports venue worthy. Next time - King Taco for sure, though there is much i did not try still.

Sep 25, 2014
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Tacos Leo's now on the eastside!!!

this is very very very good. I love their asada and tripa and cabeza almost more than that sweet pastor . . .

Aug 27, 2014
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Looking for a burger like Julio from The Bucket in Eagle Rock(RIP)

This is an SOS for a dear friend who misses this spicy sauce topped burger from the dearly departed Bucket in Eagle Rock. If you never tried a burger from the Bucket, you weren't missing much, heavy char, cooked till dry yet the meat had enough fat content that the final product seemed to be just greasy enough to make you smile. My guess is the sauce/heat kick is the clincher - curious to see what is lurking out there amid the Umami copy cats and vintage burger dives.

Aug 27, 2014
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Weisswurst in LA?

Im starting to think that Continental Gourmet Sausage might be the best place to get German Sausage in LA(and im a regular at Alpine . . .)

Aug 19, 2014
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Weisswurst in LA?

omg that makes me love it so much more

Aug 19, 2014
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

Is this truck called Freds? http://www.yelp.com/biz/freds-taco-tr...

Aug 19, 2014
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

who is the best Argentinan Butcher in Los Angeles?

Where does Juan Peron slice muscle at ozzie?

May 20, 2014
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area