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Best Cheap Breakfast in Santa Monica?

Tacos Por Favor? Bagel Nosh? Got a brekkie meet and I have to stray far from the hood that is my hood. Any thoughts?

May 27, 2015
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

What does Cheap Eats mean in Minneapolis/St Paul?

Does Minneapolis love Vietnamese food or what??

What does Cheap Eats mean in Minneapolis/St Paul?

Hey Josie - very intriguing. what are your favorites or must haves?

What does Cheap Eats mean in Minneapolis/St Paul?

If you had $35 to spend on a day's worth of eats(B,L,D and maybe a snack) where would you go? What are the places to go that are unique to Minneapolis when compared to other US cities? Also because I am a dude obsessed with cheap/relatively cheap burgers - where is the best Juicy Lucy for the money?

Hinano Cafe - Bang for your Burger Buck

I had heard the good word about the burger at Hinano for years now, only recently making the pilgrimage across town to try it a few weeks ago. On the topic of being across town, my dive bar of choice has always been the Ye Rustic Inn over in Los Feliz for the location as much as the wings. As far as the Rustic's burger is concerned, the Myrtle, I was never blown away by it - but now that I have dive bar burgers on my radar - I might have to give it a second chance. For now, and this is as much about the Tiki atmosphere, the Mai Tai's and the beach that is a 2 minute walk away, the best Bang for your Dive Bar Burger Buck is going to Hinano.

At first glance the double cheeseburger really doesn't turn heads, save for the $8.50 cash price. The first bite, however, was surprising - better than average beef grind here, and the pickled peppers served on the side were a nice touch. A very simple burger done surprisingly well. As a guy who has never lived east of La Brea, going to the beach is almost like a vacation for me and if you happen to find yourself by one and craving a buzz as much as a burger - look no further.

http://bangforyourburgerbuck.com/hina...

Super Burger - Bang for your Burger Buck

Hey - thanks Nosh!! Glad you are enjoying it. Big Jo's has indeed been on my radar and smell-radar; I remember catching the billowing black smoke back when I used to street park in East Santa Monica for meetings at the Commercial Production Company called Tool of North America - DEF need to get there. More to come and thanks for your support!!

May 03, 2015
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

Super Burger - Bang for your Burger Buck

First off thanks to the peeps on chowhound for bringing Super Burger to my attention. It is an absolute bargain if you are looking for a hefty burger, takes plastic and could be my favorite "Breakfast, Burger and Teriyaki" stand in Los Angeles. More often than not, I find these types of establishments to be run by Korean Americans; whose image, coupled with Latinos working a hot griddle for a burger hungry crowd, to represent as a fine portrait of Los Angeles one could ask for. The bacon cheeseburger ran $6, weighed in closer to 8oz(though the gent behind the counter said they were "around 6oz"), are hand formed, looked like they were ground hours ago, and came with like five strips of bacon. Nothing fancy going on here, just burgers made by and for blue collar folks served with an emphasis on generosity.

Read the whole enchilada over at Bang for your Burger Buck: http://bangforyourburgerbuck.com/supe...

May 03, 2015
blackbookali in Los Angeles Area

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
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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