Joe's Crab Shack may be known for their big buckets and platters of shellfish, but there are also two burgers on the menu, which are surprisingly decent for a place that's focused on fish (though nowhere near exceptional).
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Sea Rocket Bistro's burger may feature a half-pound of 100 percent grass-fed beef, but the main attraction is the bacon jam on top.
Starlite serves up strong drinks and super savory burgers in a speakeasy setting where even the most innocent conversation takes on a layer of intrigue.
Burgers at Davanti Enoteca have a lot going on, including bacon jam, aioli, and griddled cheese curds.
I'm not so much enamored of The Escondite's whole "secret" restaurant thing. It's such a transparent coolness-grab that it seems vaguely untoward. That said, I've forgiven more than one "secret" burger for the simple reason that they were absolutely delicious. I headed downtown to The Escondite with the hopes that the outcome would be the same. Oh, how sad it is to have one's burger hopes dashed.
A duck egg, wild boar bacon, and fried shallots top this premium burger from The Lion's Share (with a premium price to match).
Dubious claims of TV fame, bland burgers, and boring fries make for a disappointing experience at BGR The Burger Joint.
Rally's seasoned fries are tasty when hot, but the burgers? Not so much.
At Hard Rock Cafe, massive 10-ounce burgers are the norm, and each location has their own "Local Legendary" interpretation. The burgers are surprisingly well crafted, though not flawless.
George's Ocean Terrace may have the best view in La Jolla, but the grilled Niman Ranch burger was a bummer.
The beer and burgers are great at Sublime Ale House, but it's the extensive selection of aiolis that make this North County gastropub really worth a visit.
Find classic cheeseburgers and seriously thick shakes at this six-location burger chain in Southern California.
Phil's manages to put out a solid burger that would be a worthy quick lunch option, were it not for the superlative Charlie's just a few steps away.