LA's Best Burgers
By Victoria Namkung
Vibe: Hipsters and neighborhood locals fl ock to this spacious joint, which has pressed-tin ceilings, subway tile, concrete fl oors and large black leather banquettes.
Burger boss: Co-owner/chef Govind Armstrong Number of burgers: Six, and you can make your own by choosing from a flurry of condiments, cheeses, sauces and extras
Toppings include: Charred escarole, tomato chutney, balsamic-grilled onion, garlic aioli, house-cured bacon Why we love it: The burgers are great but you’ll want to save room for sides, such as fried pickles and truffl ed potato skins, as well as heavenly desserts like homemade cupcakes. 7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323-852-0008; 8ozburgerbar.com
Vibe: This small but stylish spot has an earthy, Asian ambience featuring lanterns, a fl agstone wall and a painting of Buddha.
Burger boss: Owner/chef Adam Fleischman
Number of burgers: Seven
Toppings include: Cob-smoked bacon, aged manchego, butter lettuce, oven-dried tomato, Italian truffle cheese, apple relish
Why we love it: Named for umami, the savory, meaty taste sensation, Umami Burger is all about complexity, so don’t be surprised if your taste buds feel like they’re on overload. And with locations opening in Los Feliz and Santa Monica (inside Fred Segal), no Umami Burger is too far away. 850 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, 323-931-3000; 4655 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz, no phone number at press time; Fred Segal, 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, no phone number at press time; umamiburger.com