Published: 02/23/2011 by Sandi M.

Burbank has no shortage of great burger joints. Some burger places are even historic city landmarks.

Take Bob’s Big Boy for example. An actual California historic landmark, the Bob’s Big Boy on Riverside Drive is the oldest Bob’s Big Boy in existence. It was the third Bob’s Big Boy ever built, opened in 1949. Step aside In-N-Out; Bob’s is home to the original Double Deck Hamburger. This 50’s diner-style burger joint features a wide variety of burgers, sandwiches, entrees, salads, and desserts.

Almost right next door to Bob’s Big Boy is Paty's Coffee House, also a sit-down style diner. Menu-wise, Paty’s has slightly more upscale and unique food selection that Bob’s. In addition to a great burger menu, Paty’s features omlets, seafood, adult libations, and more. Paty’s was established over 50 years ago in 1960. Prior to this date the same restaurant was called “Gabby’s”.

Around town there’s this great, busy little burger joint on Burbank called McDonald’s…

 just kidding.

Right off of Burbank Boulevard at North Hollywood Way, is a new place worth checking out, appropriately called The Hollywood Way. The Hollywood Way opened about 5 months ago, and since then has established some great specials and happy hours. First of all, all of their amazing burger recipes use 100% USDA certified Angus beef. Mmmmmm.

Burnt out on fries? Choose from alternative sides at The Hollywood Way such as kettle chips, corn, coleslaw, BBQ baked beans, potato salad, or just stick with fries. My co-worker suggested I try the “Hollywood Way Hottie Burger”. It was magical. Jalapenos were piled on a cajun-spiced ½ pound burger, topped with pepper jack, spicy onion straws, lettuce, tomato, chipotle aioli and red hot sauce on a toasted bun. It was pretty much my lunch and dinner.

The atmosphere at The Hollywood Way reminds me of my hometown. It has a sports bar feels with multiple screens playing multiple games. Enjoy Lakers game specials like 50 cent wings and cheap drinks. They have a killer happy hour Monday through Friday 4:00PM through 7:00 PM. Come Tuesday nights for tacos and trivia, featuring $1 tacos, drink specials, and competitive trivia. Let loose Monday nights with beer pong from 8:00PM until closing. Improve your skills of tossing a ping pong ball into a cup and watch the crowds become amazed.

One place I was not very impressed with, burger-wise, was Tommy’s Famous Burgers. And I am not a picky eater. Maybe my expectations were too high, since they dub their burgers as famous. To me, their “famous” burgers seemed all too reminiscent of something from that Clown Dog Restaurant in the movie “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”. Look it up. Sorry Tommy. It’s not you, it’s me.  You’re just not my type.

You can’t write about burgers without talking about Habit burgers. Any burger aficionado needs to go to The Habit at least once. Perhaps I am biased, because I am from Santa Barbara, and so is the original Hamburger Habit. Let me just say that I once was a person who did not really care for, or even like burgers. Then I had a Habit burger, and I’ve had a burger fever ever since with no going back. Check out The Habit on Alameda at I-5 in the Ralphs parking lot.

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