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Knowlwood - an Orange County Icon

Since 1957 Knowlwood has been serving up great burgers to the South Coast. Roy and Fay Knowlton, and Gene Wood, started a restaurant called Knowl-Wood at the old Orangewood Ranch in what is now the city of Anaheim Hills in Orange County, California. Years ago, Knowlwood was a favorite stopping point along the old Imperial Highway, a popular orange-grove dotted route used to get through the county. The trademarked “Home of the World’s Best Hamburger” was frequently referred to by locals as simply the “World’s Best.” Now with 5 locations. 

5665 East La Palma Avenue
(& Imperial Highway)
Anaheim, CA
(714) 779-2501


Hamburger Hamlet - a Hollywood Landmark

Since 1950 the Hamlet has been serving good food in a casual way to celebrities (Paris Hilton, Alex Vaggo, etc.)  on Sunset Boulevard. I almost grew up here, always asking my parents if we could go to the “Hamburger Hamlet.” What works so well here is its casualness. They serve 15 types of hamburgers, salads, steak, chicken, and pasta, and good shakes! They have a full bar and solid martinis—my dad would order one and then years later, me! I also remember a good pepper crusted steak and a fine prime rib. Many socal locations. 

9201 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
(310) 278-4924
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M & G Burgers - Fairfax & Larkspur, Ca

This burger joint is a Marin County icon. Started in Fairfax in 1962, M & G server up grass fed beef patties from meat producer Marin Sun Farms. They also use heart healthy rice bran oil for frying (no trans fats). Burgers are $3.70 topped with lettuce and tomato. The “crinkle fries” are a favorite. Great messy dipping sauce.

2017 sir francis drake blvd.
fairfax, ca

989 magnolia avenue
larkspur, ca 



Red Mill Burgers - Seattle, Wa

Oprah remarked that RMB is “one of the 20 hamburgers you must eat before you die.” We agree. Our pick is the spectacular double bacon deluxe with cheese, consisting of two 1/4 lb. patties, pepper bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickle, red onion, American cheese, and mill sauce (a sort of spicy mayo). Great house made onion rings and shakes as well. 11 am to 9 pm, closed Monday. Two locations, see below.

phinney Ridge 
312 north 67th st 
(206) 783-6362
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1613 w dravus st
(206) 284-6363