Category California

George’s Bar & Grill (World Famous Burgers and Insults) – Cathedral City, CA

An unusual blog post in that we ended up not eating here: I found George’s Bar & Grill (World Famous Burgers & Insults) on the Hamburger America app, as we rolled into Palm Springs.  It was 4:45 and the app said they closed at 5:30, so we drove eastward.  I should have taken it as […]

Irv’s Burgers – Los Angeles, CA

Irv’s Burgers is part of the reason that this blog exists, in a weird, convoluted way.  This all started with a visit to Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage in Cambridge, where I first heard about Hamburger America.  That was a little over nine years ago.   Like at Mr. Bartley’s, there was a placard on the counter, […]

In-N-Out – Berkley, CA

No trip to California would be complete without a stop at the BEST chain restaurant in the West: In-N-Out.  Heading back into San Francisco, we realized that we needed to eat and had no earthly idea what we wanted.  And then we saw the sign on the side of the freeway.  The clouds broke, a […]

Nation’s and Andie’s – Napa, CA

Since we’d already hit all of the burger spots on my list, I did some wandering around town while Jo was antiquing.  The first place I stopped in was Nation’s Giant Hamburgers.  With a name like that, how could I drive by?  I didn’t know this going in, but they’re a chain out of the […]

Val’s – Hayward, CA

One of the places that I did have targeted on the trip west was Val’s Burgers in Hayward, just south of Oakland.  Val’s has been in business serving burgers and steaks since the 1950s.  We headed down that way from Sonoma and arrived just ahead of the dinner-time rush.  When we got there the waitress […]

Slow Club – San Francisco, CA

On Monday, we decided that the weather opportunity was as good as it was going to get during the rest of our visit to walk the three miles back and forth across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Into San Francisco we drove.  Man!  I thought Atlanta traffic was miserable – the ride in through Berkley and […]

The Girl and the Fig – Sonoma, CA

One of the most pleasant food stops on our visit to wine country was the Girl and the Fig in Sonoma.  We were staying in Napa and while checking the reviews for restaurants in the area, the Girl and the Fig kept being mentioned.  On Monday evening we took the drive over.  Sonoma is a […]

Gott’s Roadside – St. Helena and Napa, CA

Opened as Taylor’s Refresher in St. Helena in 1949, the restaurant was bought from the Taylor family by the Gott brothers and the named was changed to Gott’s Roadside a few years back.  We stopped for a late lunch on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the original location in St. Helena.  At 2:00, there were […]

Joe’s Cable Car – San Francisco, CA

When I found that I had to be in Northern California for a meeting, I consulted all of my “burger sources”.  With diligent preparation, I had multiple places that I intended to hit when we were in the Bay Area.  Before we left, I looked at who was open on what days and ranked my […]

Marty’s Hamburger Stand – Los Angeles, CA

Late in August, I had the chance to be in Los Angeles, for a day.  With a little time to kill between meeting’s end and my flight home, the opportunity to continue my quest arose.  Driving down the 405, the next logical stop was on Pico Boulevard, in West LA.  Cruising east on Pico, we […]