Friday, July 13, 2012

Irv's Burgers - MOVED


West Hollywood, CA. "What's your favorite burger place in Los Angeles? Have you tried...?" are the two most popular questions asked by friends, friends of friends, and anyone who likes that classic American flavor. Coming to one answer isn't easy, and in complete indecision I name all of my favorites: "Well...I like this one...and...and...and...and..." and for anyone who knows me, that usually comes with pictures. This little food stand is up higher on my list, and with good reason.

When it's approaching the evening hour and someone asks me to grab a burger, I'll scramble for my phone to check the time and make sure I have cash in my wallet. Open until 7pm daily, except Sundays, I first came to Irv's Burgers with a wanting stomach and left wanting even more the next time. Located in an unsuspecting alcove, with it's bright red and white sign suspended street-side, is this small Asian-American-run hamburger joint in West Hollywood, CA originating from the 1950s. I'm always energetically greeted upon entering and while I remain idly staring at their textbook concession menu. It may not play host to fresh toasted brioche or fancy truffle spins, but the simple offerings they do have are enthusiastically made "just for you." 

Double Cheeseburger, with all the fixins
Double Cheeseburger - (my usual) is a classic home creation with its ketchup, crisp onions, shredded lettuce, beef, pickles and cheese melted between a sesame's all there and served up with a smile. The beef is thin and grilled to an appetizing medium-well, humbly prepared with all of the fixins to make it 'good'. It is a lip-smacking, fitting version of a burger I highly recommend to my fellow eaters. It is usually brought to the table from one of the owners who draws a little note in colors mimicking what customers are wearing. If it's a plate-share or a single serving, the notes will change - just watch.

Yes: to each their own in hamburger creation but when its's good. A place like Irv's Burgers, has endured while preserving it's old-time feel and history, and it remains an icon within its community. Unfortunately, it too faces the threat of closure with up-and-coming surrounding commercial ventures. Word-of-mouth can make businesses thrive, but will it be enough to keep such a great little spot open? I sincerely hope so...if not for the history, for the food and the wonderful family who makes it happen!

Irv's Burgers
7998 Santa Monica Blvd <-- NEW ADDRESS
8289 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 650-2456

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