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Best Ginger Ale?

Still many I have yet to try (Blenheims for one), but I've tried many and am always on the lookout for new ones. That said, I'd take almost anything over Vernor's. If you like it, great, but with all that vanilla it's not really ginger ale anymore. I do like Reeds, but it's also not truly ginger ALE. My picks are:

Dr. Browns, Hansen's Natural (no HFCS), and Thomas Kemper (no HFCS). The Whole Foods 365 Ginger Ale is pretty serviceable in a pinch.

Feb 09, 2011
bshakin in General Topics

Best burger in Santa Monica besides Father's Office?

Yeah...pardon my French, but screw Father's Office! I was told repeatedly how great their burgers were, and as far as fou-fou burgers go, I guess they're pretty good...but once you get involved with blue cheese, fancy sauce and bread, and arugula, why even call it a burger anymore? And the pretention of the place is over the top. When my friend asked the waiter for some ketchup, he was told "We don't have ketchup...our burgers are MOUTH READY." I kid you not. Sweet potato fries are pretty cool though.

Go to Hinano in Venice for a GREAT, authentic burger.

Jul 22, 2006
bshakin in Los Angeles Area

Can I just throw in a plug for Hinano's burgers?

At least 30 years. When I asked what it was that makes their burgers so great, I was told that the secret is the grill itself, which has been seasoned now for over 30 years. I wonder if Jim Morrison ate burgers off this thing?!

Tip: DON'T get the double cheesburger (throws the balance off), DO ask for grilled onions and both swiss and cheddar. Chili dog and tuna melt are also both fantastic.

Jul 22, 2006
bshakin in Los Angeles Area