Sinosoul and I chose four west side locations, three of which served burgers that cost more than $15 each.
First up was Petrossian. I haven’t been back since they first opened in may 2009. The house of fine caviar doesn’t mess around when it comes to burgers. The menu looks like it’s covered in caviar so I naturally assumed the burger would be as well.
At $18 there was a chance…
Setting the bar high, this rich, juicy burger was sweet and oniony with a perfectly light bun.
Although it wasn’t covered with caviar it still was awesome.
The thin, crisp fries were a salty compliment to the sweet burger. The caviar tin of ketchup was only a tease.
Our second stop served a $15 burger. Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills is famous because the woman that owns it is on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. While this makes it a more recognizable restaurant, it certainly doesn’t make for a more flavorful meal.
The best part about Villa Blanca was the diagonal crosswalk outside and the second best thing was the blue Ferrari next to said crosswalk.
The worst part of Villa Blanca was the fries with the burger coming in a close second.
Overcooked, with little flavor, the burger came smothered in oil cheese with a side of limp onions. Although the bun looks the same as Petrossian’s, it was less buttery.
The third stop was Miru 8691, a Korean burger fish bar that is located at 9162 Olympic Blvd. Yes, that’s not the number in the name…
It’s as mashed up as it sounds, with colorful Louis Vuitton print booths and more signage than a picket line.
According to someone, they have the best burger in LA.
The O.G. burger is a sloppy chili burger with seven spice aoli and a house glaze.
It was smaller than the previous burgers but definitely packed in a lot of flavor. Coming in at half the price of Petrossian’s burger, I wasn’t mad at it. If I was drunk it would have been brilliant, but sober I’d give it a solid “good” rating.
For a food marathon, I wasn’t full at all at this point. We split the first three burgers four ways and I didn’t waste a lot of space on fries. I did this knowing we were gonna end at Rustic Canyon.
I ordered an entire $22 burger for myself (with bacon, which was more like thick sliced pork belly).
With a burger looking that good you really need another picture.
Note the buttery sheen on top of the bun (and that all four burgers had the same kind of bun). I’m not sure if it makes me weak but after one big bite I had to switch to a knife and fork for this one. It was more important to get a perfectly even swath of beef, pork, bun, cheese, pickle then maintain any semblance of manliness. It was fantastic. It’s such a different burger that it’s hard to say if it’s better or worse than Petrossian’s. It’s more traditional in flavor profile, and definitely messier.
To wash down all the meat we ended with two salads: the beet, farro and feta, and the peaches and burrata.
For dessert we had sardines, because no four-burger meal is complete without them.
I anticipate many more burger marathons this year and next. There are just too many too try and not nearly enough time. Suggestions are welcome.