Kitchen 24 – 8575 santa monica blvd, West Hollywood, LA – USA

Posted: July 19, 2014 in Burger Hunt, Uncategorized
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On this past USA trip I had decided to break up the homeward journey from Florida to Australia by spending 3 days and 2 nights in LA. I’d never been to LA before and since you get one free stop over I figured why not – I’d do some ridiculously touristy stuff, cut the trip into more manageable chunks, and hopefully find some good burgers. Well, as you can probably gather from previous posts, I did manage to find so very good burgers in LA. One of the best however, was located right next door to my hotel. I stayed at the Ramada Plaza, in West Hollywood, which is apparently owned by an Australian who must do deals with travel agents back home – every second guest was an Aussie. Wow does our accent really stand out after spending three weeks away – almost hurts the ears… Anyway, on the second night I decided that after a long day of wondering around and seeing the sights, I really didn’t want to travel too far for a burger. Kitchen 24 is located right next door to the hotel, and it always seemed to be busy so I thought I’d give it a go. Unfortunately my phone was flat and so I couldn’t take any photos! But I’ll do my best to describe the burger so you get the picture. The burger on their menu is advertised as the k24 Burger, a rather large “Half-pound top sirloin burger, organic mixed greens, tomato, red onion, sliced pickles and mayo on a toasted brioche bun” – all for $12.95 and that comes with fries. I ordered mine with cheddar cheese and Applewood bacon for an additional $2.80 – when you add in tax and tip and the exchange rate, well, lets just say that LA is probably at least as expensive as Melbourne, if not more.
But let’s move on from the prices, we’re in LA, everything is expensive… Let talk about the burger shall we? When the burger came out, even though it was expenisve, I felt at least I was getting value for money – this thing was a true two hander. I had ordered the burger medium and it came out pink and juicy – excellently cooked and well rested. The meat itself was really good quality, very beefy and had that steak flavour, a more refined beef flavour than you get with chuck patties. The elements were all there, cheese, tomato, lettuce and onion, I liked the fact that the burger came with mayo, and then I added some ketchup and mustard. The bacon was nice and crisp, slightly smokey, and the pickles were excellent, sharply cutting through. The brioche bun was nice and soft and had a glazed brown crust, surprisingly not too sweet. Everything worked really well together. I was actually very impressed – for some reason I had low expectations – I just assumed it was the hotel restaurant and hadn’t given it much thought. I definitely recommend getting one of their burgers if you are staying near by. I’d give it an 8.

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