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The Golden State

The Golden State

(Now Closed)
Burger Joint and Beer Bar$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
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  • Hila M.heart icon on user image
    Hila MedOctober 26, 2013
    We just found out about this place and OMG this place is amazing! You need to take an order and sit down after you will get a number. The employees where very nice the service was very good...
  • Joseph C.heart icon on user image
    Joseph CSeptember 21, 2014
    Very accomodating people here, "great" customer service. Be sure to leave a tip in the red jar by the register. There's a counter to the right of the register for silverware, napkins, sauces & water.
  • Rishi S.heart icon on user image
    Rishi ShahNovember 20, 2016
    The chicken sandwich - make it Greek - absolutely incredible! Haven't had such a good sandwich in a long time! Try the curry ketchup too, goes great with almost anything!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Guy's favorite was the pulled pork sandwich with pickled jalapenos, onions and a killer hot mustard sauce. The grass fed-lamb burger with yogurt dill sauce and sweet potato fries was "rock star" too. Read more
  • Josef S.heart icon on user image
    Josef SzottenDecember 4, 2016
    The veggie burger is one of the best I've had in LA. The jalapeño slaw is awesome and so are the sweet potato wedges. Top burger joint!
  • Eater
    EaterApril 18, 2013
    Even the burger is made to celebrate the foods of Cali: California beef cooked to order, California cheese, topped with bacon and arugula. The burger itself is char-grilled and served on brioche.
  • Marleine P.heart icon on user image
    Marleine PacilioFebruary 4, 2015
    The Burger, plus caramelized onions, is perfection. Multi-napkin juicy and delicious, without making you feel like your ate a brick. Get the jalapeno coke slaw too. Light and crunchy.
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicMay 23, 2012
    The mission of The Golden State is to be “a talent show for the best makers of food and drink in California” That means that the beers they serve (with a few exceptions) are all Cali born and bred. Read more
  • Joseph C.heart icon on user image
    Joseph CSeptember 21, 2014
    The Burger, Fries & Belgian or whatever good beer rotating on their list (check their chalkboard on the wall or ask)👍
  • Alexa W.heart icon on user image
    Alexa WhitesideMay 21, 2015
    Got The Burger (medium rare) with the sweet potato fries. The patty was just as delicious as Umami and the thick fries mad this meal an absolute delight.
  • Kent C.heart icon on user image
    Kent CAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic burger. No crazy gimmicks just great ingredients cooked well. Good atmosphere and friendly low-key service. They also serve Scoops ice cream.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkDecember 17, 2014
    Make sure to get the Lamb Burger. It's cooked to perfection, then topped with Gruyere cheese, roasted red peppers, arugula, curry ketchup and a yogurt-dill sauce. Read more
  • Anton S.
    Anton SchlesingerAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best in LA. Can't go wrong with the regular burger medium rare. The turkey burger is also a satisfying alternative & you cant go wrong with the sweet potato fries w some curry ketchup
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KlauberSeptember 9, 2013
    This is a wonderful and no nonsense burger joint with a remarkable and constantly rotating craft beer selection. Some of the best stouts in la can be found in this humble white structure...
  • Michael P.
    Michael PillaMay 18, 2013
    Great burgers here but don't just mindlessly add fries as side. The amazingly delicious Golden State Red Potato Salad perfectly complements any of the fine burgers on the menu. Try it next time.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    After this lamburger is cooked to perfection, it's topped with Grueyere cheese, roasted red peppers, arugula, curry ketchup, and yogurt dill sauce Read more
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 21, 2013
    They curate 12 taps with a keen eye for balance, as well as carry Scoops ice cream in vanilla that factors into a now notorious beef float that helped to launch the beer float trend in L.A.
  • Taste Terminal
    Taste TerminalDecember 20, 2011
    When you want The Burger, you go to Golden State on Fairfax. Harris Ranch beef, Fiscalini Farms cheddar, glazed applewood smoke bacon, arugula, aioli and ketchup cooked to your preference. Read more
  • Leslie C.
    Leslie CApril 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    This is definitely the best burger in LA at a non-ridiculous price point, but the craft beers really make golden state magical. Bonus points: scoops gelato!
  • Dj L.
    Dj LealosMarch 17, 2013
    This place is the best burger I have had in my life. I am a straight dude and the crowd was a tick gay for my normal dining place but to be honest I would have married the guy who made the burgers!
  • Thomas C.heart icon on user image
    Thomas ColtonMarch 18, 2015
    Simple, American food done to perfection. Imagine if In N Out decided to create their own upscale $6 burger joint. This is a close match.
  • Roxanne S.heart icon on user image
    Roxanne SaeiApril 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Although, I always go for the side of fries (either regular or sweet potato), the cucumber salad is a GREAT substitute. Healthy, too.
  • Scott B.
    Scott BoniJanuary 24, 2014
    One of the best burgers I've had anywhere. Sweet potato fries are also amazing. Garlic aioli is clutch!
  • Zack Z.
    Zack ZamoraJune 13, 2013
    Skip ketchup on the burger and add spicy mustard. Sweet potato wedges are the best I've had. Caramel Oreo gelato? Bonkers. Also, try onion rings if available.
  • Christopher D.heart icon on user image
    Christopher DayMarch 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Beer braised pulled pork on Tuesdays. Best lamb burger EVER on Thursday's. Fish and chip fri-sat. Oh, and their BLT is awesome!! PS: feel free to pair ANY beer with ANY gelato for your beer float.
  • Danny N.heart icon on user image
    Danny NathanDecember 11, 2016
    One of the better veggie burgers I've had in quite a while. A few choice beers. Will gladly go back.
  • Off The Menu
    Off The MenuOctober 15, 2015
    Patty Melt: A house made burger topped with roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese, wedged between two pieces of sourdough. Read more
  • Alex B.
    Alex BowmanAugust 25, 2014
    delicious and simple burger. arguably the best in LA. mint infused lemonade is soooo good too.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJuly 22, 2013
    Harris Ranch beef, Fiscalini Farms cheddar, arugula, garlic aioli, and ketchup. It's a straight-up amazing burg. Read more
  • Rayshawn W.heart icon on user image
    Rayshawn WilliamsOctober 7, 2016
    The burgers are juicy and cheesy. Great price as well.
  • Matthew J.
    Matthew JonesFebruary 19, 2011
    The Sweet Potato Wedges are heaven in your mouth. The Burger is a staple and if you're not gonna get a brew the lemonade has a good kick to it. Also, service = spetac
  • Julie G.
    Julie GoetzenMarch 22, 2010
    They serve Scoops ice cream here, which, in my opinion, is the best gelato in LA. They only carry about 6 flavors but it's still a nice touch. And the beer float (Rasputin stout with ice cream) is a f
  • Boris M.heart icon on user image
    Boris MindzakNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sure, the curry ketchup is amazing, but don't forget about the four different types of mustard!! Four!!
  • Lisa T.
    Lisa TroutmanMarch 11, 2013
    Menu looks simple, but is brilliantly prepared. Big flavors. You have every right to be bummed out if you forgot to leave room for ice cream.
  • Tony N.
    Tony N.January 28, 2011
    The best quality burger in Los Angeles plus a great craft beer list curated by knowledgable, friendly owners. Without a doubt, one of my favorite spots in town.
  • Pleasure Palate
    Pleasure PalateMay 13, 2010
    Enjoyed the burger & the jalapeno coleslaw. One thing to note is the oil used to fry their fish is also used for all their fries. A hint of fishiness on the sweet potato fries turned my friend off.
  • Heather D.
    Heather DeaconNovember 14, 2011
    Best hot dog I think I've ever had. Exotic ice cream flavors; I had "brown bread" ice cream and Andy had "red velvet".
  • Carmen N.heart icon on user image
    Carmen NAugust 8, 2014
    Their burger has become a classic in a very short time. Pair with a Racer 5.
  • Rebs Y.
    Rebs YApril 13, 2012
    Order the Beer Float: "a marriage of cold creaminess and explosive fizz, innocent sweetness and a blast of pungent, hoppy bitterness."
  • Josh B.
    Josh BriggsNovember 30, 2011
    If you're coming for the dinner specials, like the incredible lamb burger on Thursdays, come early!!! They start at 5pm and run out fast.
  • Mitzi G.heart icon on user image
    Mitzi GonzalezMay 13, 2018
  • James
    JamesAugust 6, 2013
    Turkey burger was great. Sweet potatoes fries were nice and thick but inconsistent (some burned, some still cold). Slaw was kinda dry.
  • Francesca C.heart icon on user image
    Francesca CrippaMarch 11, 2018
    Hanburgers and sandwiches are great. Cool place also!
  • HopHeadJim
    HopHeadJimDecember 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunday night special: ITALIAN BEEF. Chicago-style. The only one in town.
  • Mina K.
    Mina KawayMay 24, 2014
    Delicious Burger! Best in LA!
  • Paul M.heart icon on user image
    Paul MasataniOctober 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    solid bacon cheeseburger. +1 for having Scoops ice cream.
  • teala c.
    teala comerMay 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Add jalepenos to The Burger. They are fresh and the perfect kick, especially with the curry ketchup.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistSeptember 21, 2011
    Try the burger w/ Fiscalini Farmstead cheddar & brown sugar-glazed bacon from the ex-Rustic Canyon chef. Read more
  • Stephen S.heart icon on user image
    Stephen SmytheJuly 10, 2015
    Come for the burgers and beer....stay for the gelato.
  • Courtney V.heart icon on user image
    Courtney VanasseApril 28, 2013
    Potato salad is amazing. Wish I got the burger over the fish and chips though.
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